15+ Like A Boss Reviews – That Odd Vagina Cake Is Real Baby Shower Trend

Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Vagina cakes at baby showers? Thought that was one of the more odd scenes in Like A Boss, but apparently true life is stranger than fiction.

Clearly these cakes are kind of a thing, especially among those looking to give their pregnant friends a laugh. Now that we all know, we can begin mentally preparing for the next baby shower we attend just in case a slice of an iced, bloody, pube-covered labia cake is passed our way. Don’t hesitate, just grab a fork.

Like A Boss Vagina Cake Is Actually A Baby Shower Trend

Before we cut deeper into the comedy cake of this film, you should know this critique contains SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want anything spoiled, bookmark and stop back after seeing.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS beyond here …

Tiffany Haddish only semi-annoying

Not a fan of her yelling nasally voice. It’s like fingernails on the chalkboard, but to her credit, she is a little more subdued in this role, which I appreciated. Her role as the creative partner in the cosmetics business was not very credible but I’m blaming that more on the script than her. She would have been more believable in a creative marketing role.

Rose Byrne dancing was best part

My favorite part of the movie was Rose Byrne trying to dance. That almost made me laugh. I’m smiling thinking about her doing that weird shuffle with her outstretched hands. She clearly is portraying a very, very bad dancer. Haddish by comparison looked like she could have been teaching a dancing class. Byrne just didn’t have the moves!

What was with the weed smoking?

The weed smoking for the two female friends seemed forced, awkward and out of place. The baby weed scene especially tried way too hard to be funny — and wasn’t. Now, if Snoop Dogg had been in the movie and crashed the wedding party and then smoked a joint with the women that would have made sense.

I don’t have any problems with depictions of drug use in films, bring it on, but it didn’t make much sense in this film.


The number of blogs I’m reading barely covering — most not even reviewing — this movie indicates the film’s general popularity. Sure, it’s a micro scale and probably a flawed metric, but it gives me an idea of what movies are being watched the most by movie bloggers.

With that said, I’m sticking by my three star, barely recommended to see vote for this film. I could have gone down to two stars and said skip it, but I think the basic story framework is different enough to warrant watching. Is it a great movie? No. But I didn’t think it was a terrible one either. It’s just kind of … there. Better and worse movies are playing right now.

Reviews by Others

What are other movie reviewers saying about Like A Boss?


  1. Citizen for Equal Opportunity: “speaking financially woke as Dr. Boyce Watkins would say however this movie displayed far from progressive I would go as far as saying it was very cliche of the black stereotype and white savior.”
  2. Cookies and Koko (3/5): “I would say check it out if you have the money, if not it can wait.”
  3. filmfanstake: “I just loved watching them go back and forth. The laughs here are memorable and make Like a Boss a January film actually worth checking out.”
  4. Jill Florio / Runpee (Grade: C+): “The audience had fun, so I think it hit the target of being pleasant, fluffy, amusing fare. There are a ton of female friendship comedies just like this out there, and there will undoubtedly be more of them.”
  5. Neil Pond / The Media Tourist: “…isn’t great, and sometimes isn’t even very good, but like a lot of movies in January, it suffers by comparison—to all the big, Oscar-bait films that just got unloaded into theaters in November and December”
  6. Spillin Cocoa Films (7/10): “I think it’s a good “girls night out” movie to enjoy with moms, sisters, and friends. It will keep you laughing and probably change your attitude toward most people. I do recommend it.”

Not Recommended

  1. Bringing The Juice: “Not much else to say than this was one of the lazier efforts I have seen in awhile. Some of the performances are funny but overall not enough to save this one.”
  2. Critics Notebook / Will Bjarnar (Grade: D): “The cast and, yes, premise screams a hard-R, femcentric mess that at least promises for some bit of entertainment. The end result comes out whimpering.”
  3. Jacob Throneberry (1/10): “No laughs, no heart, and no risks. Let women direct these films, let women write these films. Stop giving projects to all male crew if you know the film is going to be about women.”
  4. Jonathon Wilson / Ready Steady Cut: “The result is an imitative and often illogical time-waster than is too deliberately apolitical and unchallenging to be offensive. It’s just a bad movie in almost every way that counts, and in all the ways that you’d think.”
  5. Let’s Talk About Movies (1/5): “I honestly can’t remember the last time I witnessed a comedy as bad as this one.”
  6. nathanzoebl (Grade: C-): “a limp and flailing comedy that just made me sad.”
  7. RockAtTheMovies (4.5/10): “I haven’t cared much about the work of Miguel Arteta but he did a terrible job with this film. The cast try their best, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Coolidge included but this one was a stinker.”
  8. Screen Zealots (2/5): “…is still just barely good enough if you are a fan of the two leads or if you’re looking for easy-to-swallow entertainment.”
  9. Society Reviews: “Everything here is an abject failure that can even dust up enough material to fit an 80-minute runtime. Trying to take the heat away from the film’s leads is exactly how another stinker like this gets made 2-3 years from now by creators who simply don’t get the picture.”
  10. Tom Moore / Moore Reviews (1/5): “…is another comedy misfire that’s easily forgettable and probably only make for a halfway decent girls’ night out. I can only hope that Haddish and the rest of the cast can find better material to work with in the future”

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NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: 1917, Like A Boss, Just Mercy, Underwater

Week #2 – 1/10 to 1/12/2020 – offers four very different genre films to choose from at the theater: war, comedy, legal drama or action-horror:

  • An imaginative directed and amazingly shot war film creates a completely immersive experience
  • An unfunny and yet oddly entertaining comedy,
  • A dramatic fight to save a death row convict against seemingly impenetrable legal odds
  • A murky mess of a film that belongs at the bottom of the ocean.

#1 is …

… easy to pick (because it’s so much better than the others) …

1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

1917 is one of the greatest technical marvel films ever shot

Roger Deakins is clearly a genius cinematographer. I defy any moviegoer to watch this film and not come away with at least one “how did they shoot that?” moment. They are using wires to guide the camera hovering over water, panning steadily as they are in almost constant movement.

This film is literally on the move and you feel it. Even thought we don’t get to know that much about the two soldiers with a mission to deliver critical battle instructions, viewers are riveted by the danger and peril of the battlefield. It is a captivating, yet unusual war film. Usually war films show tons of battle scenes involving a bunch of soldiers. Here we are treated to mostly scenes after the battle has taken place. It’s like walking through a gigantic cemetery and it’s very, very unsettling.

This is the definition of a must-see film. I’m calling it my favorite film of 2019, even though I watched it 9 days into 2020. Director Sam Mendes, doesn’t get to have his film cover two different years, although it’s probably one of those rare films that deserves the calendar in his favor. Moviegoers will be talking about this film for awhile. Deservedly.

Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tiffany Haddish keeps her streak of unfunny comedies going. If you think her over the top yelling, raspy voice is somehow funny — and many people in the theater we watched did — then this movie is recommended.

The almost completely sold out theater laughed many times at Like A Boss — I didn’t even smile

Kara thought this was funny and a “good” film. I keep going back in my review to the story, which was different for a comedy. I can’t remember the last time seeing any movie about a cosmetics store, so points credited for a creative script. It’s just not funny though. I want to laugh at least a little bit in comedies. Others did, I felt like the person in the room that didn’t get the jokes. This is a very, very reluctant recommendation.

Just Mercy⭐️⭐️½

What a segue to a film that should be rated much higher. The source material is great and there are outstanding actors like Jamie Foxx as an innocent death row convict and Michael B. Jordan as his fiercely determined attorney fighting for his freedom.

Alas, the script is mostly boring until the ending. Major props to Foxx and Jordan for trying to squeeze lemonade out of lemon of a script. I wanted to love this film, but in the end, only loved what it could have been if it had a better script, editing and directing.

Underwater ⭐️

Kristen Stewart is as forgettable as the film

There are so many things wrong with this film, where to start? How about the lack of any significant character building? Compare this to other films underwater like Leviathan (Robocop’s Peter Weller and Richard Crenna ) where building a detailed sense of the crew underwater actually matters. This film inexplicably decides we need none of that.

No, instead, let’s burst into the action with an earthquake and an imploding underwater structure that six members of the team must escape.

Then there is the whole logic problem of how on earth are these people walking around on the ocean floor almost seven miles underwater? Do these incredible underwater suits actually exist that can protect a human being from the massive depth pressure? I kept thinking, almost saying aloud, “is this even possible?”

Now, the other big hazard, the gigantic monster. How it can toss around these crew members like rag dolls and not breach their suits every single time is, well, ludicrous. When it is convenient for the tentacled creature to get the people inside the suit it’s easy, but when the plot requires extending the life of a particular character, nope, the creature is unable to breach this magical logic-defying suit.

Where to start with Kristen Stewart? She is all kinds of bad, and not bad as in a good bad way. Just bad bad. She walks around most of the film with this annoying smirk on her face. Is she constipated? Does she not really care about the film (understandable!), in some kind of physical pain (the suit allegedly was painful to be in) and/or just there to collect a paycheck? We rarely see lead characters in a film so completely disinterested and uninspired. Sure, we can blame some of this on an abortive script and mediocre directing, but no actor/actress leaves with this kind of performance unscathed.

This movie is full of more holes than Titanic.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching!

Opening 1-9-2020 in Theaters: Underwater, Like A Boss, 1917, Just Mercy

Wednesday, our warm and friendly cinematic calendar day friend, has sprung upon us again!

This week a total of four wide release movies will be available to watch. A huge improvement over last week’s lone, poorly received horror release.

The question is, which one of these wide release movies to see first? We’re planning to see them all, of course, but by the time we’re finished with this post you’ll know our preferred viewing order based on anticipation

Enough small talk, let’s take one last look at all of the trailers and gather some final pre-watch thoughts on each film.


Underwater official trailer

Alien underwater. That remains what I’m looking for and that’s (probably) too high an expectation of what it’s going to be. I love the claustrophobic setting miles below at the bottom of the ocean floor where who knows what monstrous creatures exist. Next to 1917, this is my most anticipated film this week.

Kristen Stewart needs to be better than she was in Charlie’s Angels ⭐️½ . If she is in another bomb than her limited star power, at least in this moviegoer’s mind, is going to fade almost entirely.

Also — and will have nothing to do with the rating and review of the movie — I wish she’d grow out her hair. Why the super short hairstyle? I know, I know, she likes women, but who makes the rules that lesbians or bisexuals or whatever is her sexuality (that doesn’t matter) can’t have long hair? Maybe old fashioned but enjoy seeing women with long, flowing hair. Heck, some guys look good with long hair, too! Am a prodigy of the 80s where the hair was a big thing, what can I say. Long hair naturally accentuates a woman’s beauty. Stewart is a good looking woman and the short hair thing just isn’t working. Is she trying to look like Ellen Degeneres (who also would look better with longer hair)?

At least they could have wigged Stewart up for this role. Maybe having short hair seven miles under the ocean matters somehow. Yeah, yeah, she’s not making some fashion statement in the darkness of the ocean. Sharks like long hair, I’ve been told 😉

Anticipation: 6/10

Like A Boss

Like A Boss official trailer

After seeing the NSFW trailer I’m slightly more interested in this film, but almost none of anything has been funny to me in the trailer. The goat milk spit out was just yuck, not hahah. Not the characters, the story, the situations and Tiffany Haddish is one of my least favorite comedians. Please, can anybody reading tell me any funny parts that Haddish has acted in to date? Everything I see her do is that same tired raspy voice Nicolas Cage overacting whinge.

It’s probably a tie with Haddish and Melissa McCarthy who, again, have never found anything she’s done to be funny. I don’t even think McCarthy is a good actress and yet somehow she keeps returning for more films. Probably because they’re making money on films she’s in. Same must be the case with Haddish(?)

Salma Hayek and Rose Byrne seem better cast here. I could be wrong about all this and Haddish makes me laugh out loud, This is all part of the fun of not knowing until you see the movie what we’re going to get. Game on!

Anticipation: 3/10

And this week opening wide in theaters are two previously limited released films:

[FIRST LOOK] – Golden Globe WINNER – Best Motion Picture – Drama

1917 official trailer

The biggest draw for this film with me is the one continuous shot cinematography that was promoted for a couple months by director Sam Mendes and famous cinematographer Roger Deakins. I realize this won’t really be exactly as advertised — there will be clever edits to preserve the illusion– but it’s supposed to look that way, which is intriguing. Can an entire film stand on a camera gimmick? No, it can’t, but maybe it is as Mendes suggested, the perfect technical way to use the camera.

The story is the second biggest draw, although as admitted here several times before, I’m not a big fan of war films. This is an award winning film so it could really be something special to watch and the trailer makes it seem very fast-paced and action-oriented.

My only disappointment in 1917 as of this writing is that I haven’t been able to watch it yet. Stop teasing me already!

Something tells me I’m going to be very entertained by this film. Can’t wait!

Anticipation: 9/10

Just Mercy

Just Mercy official trailer

Legal thrillers are one of my favorite thriller subgenres, but I’m not completely getting that vibe from the trailer. However, it’s reminding me of other legal thriller movies. If it was based on anything by John Grisham (it’s not) my interest would be at least 7/10, similar to anything new by Stephen King being 7/10 minimum. Who knows, this might blow me away. We’ll see.

Anticipation: 4/10

ANTICIPATION for Week of 1/09/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 1-09-2020 movies? Those marked with asterisk are not available in our area this week, so will carryover in future weeks until available to watch in our area.

  1. *1917 – 9/10
  2. Underwater – 6/10
  3. Just Mercy – 4/10
  4. Like A Boss – 3/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

All four movies are wide screenings and available at theaters in our area so will be watched, rated and reviewed. Probably will watch two on Thursday and two Friday, but might have to watch one or two on Saturday, just depends on work schedules.

Happy movie watching to all!


Think if I see the goat milk gag one more time I’m going to throw up goat milk.

Rated R.

Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek.

Have seen a ton of previews for Like A Boss in the theater complete with the Goat Milk gag in the trailer.

Maybe more previews for this movie than any other coming in January 2020 and, yes, that includes Rise of Skywalker!

First time wasn’t funny, second time worse, twenty times later, it’s like come on.

Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly.

Rotten Tomatoes movie info

And now it’s your turn to see the goat milk gag again and Salma Hayek talking about her breast size … neither of which even make me smile, much less laugh. Stay with me, there is some hope on the way …. but first:

Like A Boss official trailer

And now the Not Safe For Work (NSFW) trailer:

Like A Boss official NSFW trailer – no goat milk gag yay!!!

The f-bombs are flowing fast and free in this one. I think the profanity adds a grittiness to the subject matter. Much prefer this trailer to the sanitized one I’ve been watching ad nauseum in the theater.

Think my favorite character in the trailer is the gay man friend, when he puts his hands on the glass and gives that expression — funny! He has some humorous moments in the trailers. Let’s hope he is given a real character arc and they aren’t just using him for laughs. Make him do something important in the story … please!

Still not too excited about seeing this movie, it just seems silly and stupid and Tiffany Haddish’s nasally voice is like fingernails on the chalkboard. I wish the NSFW trailer was the one I’ve seen a couple dozen times, not the other one, because it’s better.

Are you looking forward to seeing Like A Boss in theaters, waiting for streaming or skipping altogether?

Like A Boss opens wide in theaters starting January 10, 2020.

11 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in January 2020

Coming to theaters in January 2020 – there are some films shown above not below and vice versa

The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in January 2020. If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is updated throughout the year).

The list below does not include independent films and/or streaming original films from Netflix and Amazon. I would like to keep track of those as well, but trying to target specifically wide theater releases (or what appear to be wide releases) so most readers can see these films worldwide in a major chain theater (hopefully) near your home. New streaming films being released will be handled separately based on the service, most likely, as already doing for Shudder.

SIDENOTE: I have nothing against small, independent theaters (we have a good one called The Grand Cinema close by), but am trying to focus on the films I have the greatest likelihood to see, review and rate each month. Obviously, with release schedules that change based on location, sharing any kind of coming soon movie list is not an exact science. Any errors and/or omissions are mine.

Movie release dates are subject to change by the studios, so it’s possible within the next 45 days or so one or more of the movies profiled below will have its release date moved.

As of this posting, there are 11 movies scheduled, presented in order of scheduled opening date below. 10 of the 11 have trailers, so I’ve added my anticipation (10 = most excited as possible to see, 0 = not interested at all). Can’t promise I’ll do this every month, but am going to try and do so, probably posted sometime around the middle of each month for the next month.

This is a reference for FIRST LOOK and PREVIEW posts. I try and FIRST LOOK and/or PREVIEW films that either we’re personally most interested in seeing and/or have very popular interest by others.

January 2020 Movies

The Grudge

The Grudge (2020) official trailer – opens January 3, 2020

This one looks like it might be scary. I’ve never seen any of the original Grudge movies and not sure I’ll be doing so before this comes out in a few weeks. I look more forward to seeing truly scary horror films over horror-comedy films and this looks like the former.

Anticipation for The Grudge: 6/10

Like A Boss

Like A Boss official trailer – opens in theaters January 10, 2020

Have seen this trailer as preview in the theater more than any other in this list of January 2020 movie releases. I’m sort of luke warm to cool on what’s happening here. I don’t find anything Tiffany Haddish has starred in as funny. Her voice is grating on me. The plot seems not very interesting to me either, what little we know from the trailer. The trailer didn’t even make me smile, although admittedly some have laughed at the goat milk spit out scene.

Anticipation for Like A Boss: 3/10


Underwater Official Trailer – opens in theater January 10, 2020

Got to wipe away Kirsten Stewart from my mind in Charlie’s Angels and any movie deep on the bottom of the ocean is off to a good start. We don’t know what is living down there and while this has been explored in several other stories, it’s an interesting and often scary place. All that pressure under miles of water. Yes, I’m interested.

Anticipation for Underwater: 6/10

The Informer
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Jan 10, 2020 to March 13, 2020 (LIMITED)

The Informer official trailer – opens in theaters March 13, 2020

Seems like standard fare thriller from the trailer. Nothing stands out as super creative or amazingly fresh to me. Could be how the trailer is cut. Not that excited by this trailer.

Anticipation for The Informer: 2/10

Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys for Life official trailer #1
Bad Boys for Life official trailer #2 – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as buddy cops for this third entry in the franchise. I found the first two to be funny in parts. They have good chemistry together, but aren’t as fun as say Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. Haven’t been many buddy cop trilogies that I was clamoring to see the third one. Martin Lawrence is my favorite of the two by far in this comedy team. I just don’t find Will Smith that special. Yes, he has been in some good films.

Anticipation for Bad Boys for Life: 3/10


Doolittle official trailer – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

The trailer barely grabs my interest, except for the fact that Robert Downey, Jr is starring. Not sure about his accent, kinda reminds me a bit of the one he used in Tropic Thunder (!). He makes just about every film he is in better. I’m worried about this being a terrible and unnecessary reboot movie about a man who talks to animals. Have seen the story told several times before and Downey Jr. isn’t a comedian, so not sure if his potentially(?) serious/ironic take on Doctor Doolittle will be exciting. Very apprehensive about this one, but, again, interested because of the main star. I heard he was paid $20 million for top bill in this one. Will see next month if it was worth it. Worried.

Anticipation for Doolittle:: 3/10

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

Like the mystery/detective vibe, but wonder if it’s more thriller? Not feeling super compelled toward this one as a thriller, but more interested in a mystery. Can’t decide based on trailer which it is. Do like Matthew McConaughey, so that bumps up curiosity a little.

Anticipation for The Gentlemen: 3/10

The Turning

The Turning official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

January 2020 will be the first time I’ve ever paid that attention to everything being released. Already noticing that there are more horror movies being released than other types of movies. January could be an October-like month for me as I like horror movies. As for this one? Has a V.C Andrews groove to it. What’s with the children? Yeah, sign me up for this one!

Anticipation for The Turning: 5/10

Nowhere (trailer yet) to Run?

RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Jan 24 to May 8, 2020

…is a thriller starring Sarah Paulson and is scheduled to open in theaters January 24, 2020 (UPDATE 1/18/2020: Release date has changed to May 8, 2020). No official trailer has been released by Lionsgate as of this writing.

The mystery around an intentional lack of marketing (see: Is @Lionsgate Run (2020) screening WIDE January 24, 2020 – if not, when?) — or inferior/incompetent marketing, whichever it is — is increasing my intrigue. Seems like a trailer is pretty important for a movie that released in like 45 days. I mean, yesterday we got the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer and that isn’t out for another six plus months!

Can’t give any anticipation based on the trailer without one.

Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel official teaser trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Oooo another spooky one! Seems odd to title it backwards (do the kids eat the adults in this one? Now that sort of reverse cannibalism would make heads turn). If it’s pure horror and not comedy horror than it gets at least a 4 from me. Fairy tales can be cool, especially the grim variety. Will pump it up one more for that. Hoping it’s not too cliched, but fearing that almost as much as the potential subject matter.

Anticipation for Gretel and Hansel: 5/10

The Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section official trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Read the FIRST LOOK that is linked above to see my detailed comments on this one. Of all 12 films being released in January 2020, I’m most looking forward to seeing this one.

Anticipation for The Rhythm Section: 7/10

Ranking the January 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)

Keep in mind that my anticipation for a film can change daily, even hourly, based on new information that I read about the film or see in a video. Therefore, the anticipation is merely a number I’m applying to my feelings today, right now, and it is very subject to change. In the next post, tweet, video or an hour from now. Only here for comparison purposes as I do this with the Opening Week posts. Those numbers are within a couple days of seeing the movies.

  1. The Rhythm Section – 7 / 10
  2. Underwater – 6 / 10
  3. Gretel & Hansel – 5 / 10
  4. The Turning – 5 / 10
  5. Doolittle – 3 / 10
  6. The Gentlemen – 3 / 10
  7. The Grudge – 3 / 10
  8. Like A Boss – 3 / 10
  9. Bad Boys for Life – 3 / 10
  10. The Informer – 2 / 10 (release date changed to March 13, 2020)
  11. Run – No Rating (release date changed to May 8, 2020)

What movies in January 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?