5 Reasons To See 'Like A Boss' With Your Platonic Life Partner
So much of pop culture is devoted to life partners of the romantic persuasion. For this movie-going season, I know exactly what you're going to want to see with the most important person in your life... that special person being your best friend.
Like a Boss follows two platonic life partners/ childhood besties Mia (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel (Rose Byrne). With the chemistry and comedy chops of Haddish, Byrne, and Hayek, (as well as Jennifer Coolidge and Billy Porter) it's the best kind of movie to see with your BFF. Here’s my experience seeing the film with my own bestie, and 5 reasons to see Like a Boss in theaters everywhere, January 10th!
1. It Makes The Best Kind Of Night Out
I got to attend an advance screening in Los Angeles of the film, and it wasn't just a movie and a drive home. My friend Emily and I made a night of it, without even trying! Starting out the evening with pizza and wine, we got to the theater early, where we enjoyed plenty of Like A Boss-themed activities. If you were in the mood for some wellness, you could get a massage. If you were feeling lucky, there were beauty-themed games where you could win prizes. There was even a photo booth, which allowed my and Emily to take this extremely fetching photo, which we tweeted out for a chance to win a prize. We signed up for a movie, and we got memories, laughter, and swag. Not mad about it.
2. This Ensemble Cast Seriously Slays
As Mia, Tiffany Haddish gives us a brilliant display of those signature straight-up, unfiltered comedy chops that have made her a sensation. As awkward, responsible, but secretly bold Mel, Rose Byrne gives us a performance you'll relate to if you've ever been a people-pleaser. Salma Hayek delivers a diabolical and hilarious performance in villainous Oviedo head Claire Luna (don't ask, but you'll leave the theater saying "fiercet" instead of "fierce.") Rounding out the cast are the brilliant Billy Porter as world-weary yet dramatic M&M employee Barrett, and Jennifer Coolidge as the oversharing but sweet M&M employee.
3. It Will Allow You To Live Out Bestie Project Fantasies
Some of the world's more cynical people ::cough, cough, Claire Luna:: may say that business and friendship don't mix. Mel and Mia, however, complement each other just right, providing their partnership with traits the other lacks. In their eponymous makeup business, Mia is the "whirling dervish of creativity," mixing up genius color combinations like a mad scientist. Mel is the fixer and task master, dedicated to growing the business, and saving it when it falls into trouble. When they team up, they have their best ideas. Tasked with saving their enterprise from the clutches of Oviedo Beauty, they need an idea that saves the day — and that very idea comes from their friendship. Take it from this humble writer — you'll walk away from this movie thinking, "Can me and my BFF make it in business? I feel good about it!"
4. It (Might... AKA, Definitely) Will Have You Feeling Emotions
A little about me: I moved to Los Angeles from New York by myself a cool seven months before writing this article. My family and friends are all back on the East Coast, and I'm still very much building my life out here. Lucky for me, my "Plus 1" was a fellow sister in the East Coast/ West Coast transition — a new bestie who was the perfect partner to see a movie like this with. And though we may not have known each other for 20 years like Mel and Mia, we're true sisters from different misters. Like Mia and Mel, we've been there for each other through big life events. (Mia's family even took Mel in as a kid.) Not gonna lie, there's a moment in the movie that I started mildly tearing up. "You're my family..." Mel says to Mia after an argument that almost brings their partnership to an end. I'm not crying... YOU'RE crying.
5. It Will Give You A Chance To Give And Receive Effusive Compliments
Being in a best friendship, few things give you more joy than showering your BFF with words of affirmation any chance you get. There's a heart-warming vignette in the film where we get to see on-screen besties do this for each other, and it forms the basis of Mia & Mel's new product Proud. Like their business, Proud is all about self-love, bringing out what makes you beautiful, and celebrating the beauty of those you love. Claire tries to sway our girls into marketing their beauty in a non-sentimental, aspirational way, and there are moments where they seem destined to lose their vision. But in the end, this dynamic duo will own and fight for the things that make them unique, beautiful, "fiercet" bosses.
This article is sponsored by Like a Boss in theaters everywhere, January 10th!