Some nuggets of hilarity in ‘The Boss’

This image released by Universal Studios shows Melissa McCarthy, left, and Kristen Bell in a scene from, "The Boss." (Hopper Stone/Universal Studios via AP)

This image released by Universal Studios shows Melissa McCarthy, left, and Kristen Bell in a scene from, “The Boss.” (Hopper Stone/Universal Studios via AP)

Katie Walsh – Tribune News Service

Melissa McCarthy is a two-man woman when it comes to her career. With writer/director Paul Feig, she’s found some of her greatest success, from her breakout in “Bridesmaids,” to the runaway hit of “The Heat,” to last year’s surprise, “Spy.” Then there’s her husband, Ben Falcone, a fellow alum of the Groundlings Comedy theater. He and she co-wrote “Tammy,” and he directed. He did the same with “The Boss.”

While the Feig films are more tightly and traditionally structured, with a high joke density, the Falcone films have proven to be loose and profoundly weird, with room to indulge in strange bits and riffs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re in the tank for McCarthy’s specific brand of character-driven physical humor. In both “Tammy” and “The Boss,” McCarthy and Falcone take high-concept characters of McCarthy’s — both rambunctious women-children who enjoy rap music and flouting the law — and set them free in a lightly sketched out cinematic world.

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