Like a Boss Parent Guide
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Like a Boss
Rating & Content Info
Why is Like a Boss rated R? Like a Boss is rated R by the MPAA for language, crude sexual material, and drug use.
Based on our advance research into Like a Boss, we determined that it is not only unsuitable for family viewing, but so coarse and poorly written that we can’t see the appeal for adults. In fact, none of our review staff were willing to endure the 83 minute runtime. This is the information on which we based our decision not to complete a standard review.
Violence: All main characters in this movie show a lack of self control and a disregard for their safety and that of others. In one scene, a main character physically threatens a woman and uses a hammer to smash through a pane of glass. Two women jump off a roof and land in a pool; but the act is extremely risky and could have caused injury or death. A woman is left dangling from a high location. Another woman theatrically lunges off a balcony and hangs on to a banner to save herself from a multi-story drop. A woman punches another in the face.
Sexual Content: This film combines crude sexual discussions with casual sexual activity. There are frequent conversations about sexual activities with tasteless sex jokes played for laughs. A woman boasts about the size of her breasts. Women bump into each other chest first and one says that the other’s are “made of stone”. Main characters compare real sex to fantasy sex. A woman refers to a sexual activity we can’t describe on a family website. A main character wearing lingerie, sits astride her boyfriend and refers to sex as a birthday present. A woman treats a man like a sex object, using him to fantasize about sex while ignoring what he says. (This deserves the same outrage that would ensue if a male character treated a woman in the same way.) A man is shown in a woman’s kitchen in the morning; a one night stand is implied. In a crass moment, a baby shower cake is designed to look like the delivery of a baby, completely with blood, genital detail, and pubic hair. A woman discusses genital waxing. This is supposed to be funny. A woman discusses the “tightness” of a vagina in the context of sexual activity. A woman tells another to “find your balls”. A woman accuses another woman of touching her crotch. A woman tells another woman she’s “yeasty”. Women frequently wear low-cut clothing.
Profanity: There are approximately 80 instances of coarse and sexual language including frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, some in a sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions. In a movie that is ostensibly about female empowerment, it is particularly disconcerting to hear women refer to each other as “b*tches”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Alcohol and drugs are used by main characters. Marijuana edibles are also mentioned. In a particularly tasteless moment, the main characters smoke marijuana in the same room as an infant, dropping the joint into the baby’s crib. One of the women thinks it’s funny and snaps a picture of the baby next to the joint. The women are berated, not for smoking near the baby, but for not sharing the drugs with their friend.
Page last updated January 10, 2020
Like a Boss Parents' Guide
Have you ever thought about starting your own business? What do you think you could contribute to your community and the wider economy?
As Like a Boss shows, women face structural and social barriers in starting and expanding their businesses. For more information about these barriers, check out the following links:
The Telegraph: The five barriers to women in business
Innovation Enterprise Channels: 5 Obstacles Facing Female Entrepreneurs
How can women succeed in business despite these obstacles? What assistance is available?
US Small Business Administration: Women-owned businesses
Funding Circle: National Resources for Female Entrepreneurs
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Cast and Crew
Like a Boss is directed by Miguel Arteta and stars Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek.
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