(2016) (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: After serving time in prison for insider trading and leaving penniless, a former business tycoon tries to reinvent herself with the help of her former, overworked employee.
- Michelle Darnell (MELISSA McCARTHY) runs three big companies, sells out wealth building events, and is the 47th richest woman in the world. A former orphan who was repeatedly returned to the orphanage by families who no longer wanted her, she grew up resilient and determined to succeed, but no longer has much touch with the common folk of the rest of the world. That includes her harried assistant, Claire (KRISTEN BELL), who keeps working for Michelle despite her treatment of her and not even remembering she's a single mom to Rachel (ELLA ANDERSON).
But when Michelle does a business deal that doesn't sit well with her former, spurned lover from long ago, Renault (PETER DINKLAGE), the rival businessman turns her in for inside trading. As a result, she goes to prison and comes out months later penniless. With nowhere else to turn, she ends up staying with Claire who's since moved on and works alongside the likes of Mike (TYLER LABINE) in an unsatisfying job. She isn't pleased with Michelle living with them either, but the former tycoon -- upon tasting Claire's brownies and having spent time with Rachel are her Dandelions scout meetings -- comes up with a plan to make Claire's treats a monster success.
That doesn't sit well with another Dandelion, Hannah (PRESLEY COLEY), or her mom, Helen (ANNIE MUMOLO), but Michelle perseveres, enlisting the aid of Rachel and other Dandelions, including the tall-for-her-age Chrystal (EVA PETERSON), to be her ruthless on foot sales reps, while getting some financial help from her former but now estranged business mentor, Ida Marquette (KATHY BATES). But when Renault gets wind of what his former love is up to, he sets out to undermine her budding success.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of McCarthy or anyone else in the cast, they might have some interest in seeing this.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For sexual content, language and brief drug use.
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