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You’re judged by the company you keep. When the movie trailers include “Kindergarten Cop 2” (What? I know, right?) and “Honey 3” (There are two others?), you know you’re probably about to watch a self-indulgent gift from a superstar comic actress to her not-as-successful comic husband (Oops – did I say that out loud?). “The Boss” involves a rich lady who gets her comeuppance and learns something about herself while hijinks ensue. It stars a rich lady (Melissa McCarthy) working off a script by Mr. McCarthy (a.k.a., Ben Falcone). Falcone also directs (so his vision could reach full fruition, I’m sure).

 

If you watched “Primary Colors” when it first came out in 1998, you focused on John Travolta and Emma Thompson playing fictionalized versions of Bill and Hillary Clinton. If you look back at it today, focus instead on the elitist black aide with stars in his eyes. The movie uses him as a vessel to carry the story. Now pretend he’s a young Barack Obama serving at the feet of masters so that someday he may beat them at their own game. Interesting, isn’t it, how a movie can tell a story that didn’t exist when it was originally told?

“The Waterboy” (1998) is one of Adam Sandler’s better movies (I know to some of you, that’s damning him with faint praise). It’s funny, it has a plot and there’s some nicely drawn characters. The music’s even good. It also doesn’t have the underlying nastiness that a lot of recent comedies have. Jerry Reed is uncanny as a Bobby Bowdenesque coach. Also, waterboy-turned-linebacker Sandler leads his team to a victory over Clemson University (always a plus). And one of the opposing quarterbacks is played by Mike Hold, a hero of the University of South Carolina’s legendary 1984 season (bigger plus).