Melissa McCarthy: The Boss spoofs Girl Scouts and the real Girl Scouts respond
One of the highlights of The Boss, Melissa McCarthy‘s R-rated film made with her husband, Ben Falcone, was a battle between scout troops. The spoof garnered the attention from the real Girl Scouts, who called the film “hilarious” but praised “the real bosses.”
“Don’t let Melissa’s hilarious turn as Michelle Darnell fool you,” a blog post from the Scouts read in part, “the real ‘bosses’ are our nearly 2 million Girl Scout #cookiebosses. They take the lead every day, applying business skills learned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program to make the world a better place.”
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“At the very least, Girl Scout troop leaders (both current and potential) might learn what not to do from [McCarthy’s character] Michelle Darnell,” the statement continued. “But rather than focusing on what “troop leaders” do in this comedy, we want to acknowledge the real-life women and men — our wonderful Girl Scout volunteers — who support Girl Scouts so that more girls can live the life they want and create the world they want to live in.”
Developing the troops fight scene with McCarthy and co-writer Steve Mallory, Falcone told EW, “the kids were so good. The main thing is that you want them to be safe.” McCarthy said, “There’s something so crazy about having a full fist fight with a child. It’s so funny to see that level of aggression. And these kids are fighting just as dirty!”
The Boss is now playing in theaters.