After making his feature film debut with the 2014 comedy Tammy, Ben Falcone delivers his sophmore directorial feature with The Boss, another comedy vehicle for his wife and long-time collaborator Melissa McCarthy. based on a scrip they wrote with fellow Groundlings alum Steve Mallory, the raunchy comedy follows McCarthy’s ruthless business mogul on her path to redemption after she’s sent to prison for insider trading, losing her empire in the process. Fresh out of the clink and in need of a new scheme, Michelle crashes on her old assistant’s (Kristen Bell) couch while she sets out to rebuild her legacy, and learns a thing or two about the value of family in the process.
With the film arriving in theaters nationwide this weekend, I recently sat down with Falcone to talk about the genesis of The Boss, why he loves directing his wife, their writing process, the biggest lesson he learned from his first film that he was able to apply on The Boss, and more. Check it out in the video above.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Boss:
Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
McCarthy is joined in The Boss by an all-star cast led by Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy), the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory. The film is produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez Productions.