We all know Melissa McCarthy can do comedy, and the first trailer for her upcoming movie The Boss offers still more proof. Universal Pictures released the trailer on November 19 in preparation for the movie’s spring release.
The Boss features the absurd hilarity we so often see McCarthy bring to life. She’ll star as Michelle Darnell, the wealthiest woman in America — at least until she’s busted for insider trading and has to declare bankruptcy. With her assets frozen, she gets stuck crashing on the couch of her underpaid and overworked employee, single mom Claire (Kristen Bell). While there, she takes Claire’s daughter to her Dandelions troop meeting, sparking the idea that she can get her life back by building a “brownie empire.”
It’s abundantly clear in the trailer that Michelle isn’t fit to be a troop leader, but that doesn’t stop her from starting a rival to the Dandelions, Darnell’s Darlings. In between gracing the girls with predictions about which member will probably turn out to be a lesbian and letting profanities slip, she gets her group ready dominate brownie sales. Their sales tactics include gems like the line “Buy my brownies or I’ll kill you.”
Of course, the movie needs a conflict, and there’s a hilarious one in store: a rivalry between the Darlings and the Dandelions. Thanks to brewing animosity between Michelle and the other troop’s leader, the two groups end up facing off. There’s even a street fight over their selling territory.
The comedy co-stars Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage, and Kristen Schaal. McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who also happens to be the director, makes a brief appearance, getting smashed in the neck with a tennis ball, courtesy of real-life wife. Falcone and McCarthy wrote the movie with their friend Steve Mallory.
The Boss is set to hit theaters on April 8, 2016.