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Tiffany Haddish's new movie is a rom-com about friends

A question for the film fan: How does a movie incorporate nearly every rom-com trope, without actually involving romance?

“Like a Boss” (in theaters Friday) has your answer.

It opens with Tiffany Haddish’s Mia giving a detailed description of her sexual fantasy about the “dignified and confident” President Barack Obama. After that, the comedy is off and running with sex jokes, race commentary and bizarrely funny non sequiturs.  

The comedy – which revolves around best friends Mia (Haddish) and Mel (Rose Byrne), who are driven apart while trying to keep their fledgling makeup company afloat – seems modern, feminist even. But something about it also feels cliched and tired. 

That’s when you realize it incorporates nearly every romantic comedy trope, minus the big kiss in the rain.

“Like a Boss” puts the stylings of classic Hollywood rom-coms back on the big screen, despite the fact that its heterosexual female stars never get the guy. And never plan to.

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