Like a Boss Blu-ray Review

Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle. Ralph Potts reviews the Blu-ray release of Like a Boss from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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87

Details:

Studio and Year: Paramount – 2020
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 83 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French/Portuguese/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Selma Hayek, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Music by: Christophe Beck
Written by: Sam Pittman, Adam Cole-Kelly
Region Code: A

Release Date: April 21, 2020

“The World of Beauty is About to Get Ugly”

Synopsis:

“Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.” – Paramount Home Entertainment

My Take:

Best friends Mia and Mel run their own cosmetics company — a business they built from the ground up. But they’re also in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a buyout offer from an industry titan proves too tempting to pass up. The beauty business is now about to get ugly as the proposal puts Mia and Mel’s lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.

I tend to like the goofball comedy genre and, find that in general, the success of such films relies on the chemistry of the leads, the quality of the writing/dialog, and integration of whatever situational humor that may be associated with the plot. Director Miguel Arteta and co-writers Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly go for charming with a twist of crassness and buddy flick buffoonery which results in a flat comedy that completely misses the mark.

The plot for Like a Boss isn’t so much the problem as the potential for a solid comedy is there. The screenplay seeks to ply the audience with cheeky humor rather than crafting a solid comedy film that resonates. I like Tiffany Haddish but, her paring with Rose Byrne is a misfire that, when coupled along with the uninspired writing, leaves the film with essentially zero redeeming factors.

Be that as it may, Like a Boss contains a plethora of zany situations/gags and one note humor that could find an audience among those that enjoy fast food comedies. As someone that can take or leave these types of films, this one is best left alone in my opinion. Even with a runtime of just 83 minutes this film was just too long.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for language, crude sexual material, and drug use.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 88
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Like a Boss comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

This is a solid video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was fine.

The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however it has moments where it comes to life and reproduces the source elements with aplomb. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is very good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. This soundtrack isn’t demonstration worthy but, delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.

Bonus Features:

  • With Co-Workers Like These, Who Needs Friends? – Featurette
  • ”Get Some” with Ron and Greg – Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • DVD
  • Digital Code

Final Thoughts:

Like a Boss is a formulaic comedy that suffers from a lackluster script that simply goes through the motions. It comes to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a middling supplemental package. Like a Boss ultimately left me bored and is probably best left for cable TV viewing. If you’re curious I highly recommend a rental prior to purchase.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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