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  • felicialv10 May 2017
    Melissa McCarthy is hilarious... This movie is better than its rating. Yes there are things that would never happen and people gripe about that but this isn't a freaking documentary it's a comedy. It's supposed to be a bit ridiculous. It's a good movie if you want a laugh. I'm looking forward to the next one written by her and Ben Falcone.
  • A funny light hearted comedy, the casting was well done, all complimented each other. The story plot even though far fetched, but remember it's a comedy, is entertaining. Worth seeing on cable. Melissa McCarthy is entertaining and the out-takes at the end are very funny. Better than other comedies out there.
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    By far the worst movie I have seen in years. It is so bad, that I find it difficult to find a comparison that sank to its level.

    As an attempt to create a movie for 21st century viewers it fell very far from the mark.

    The stupidity of the storyline, coupled with the over use of the F bomb just made the film appear to have been written by half-wits...No offense meant to the genuinely mentally challenged...

    The 'fight' scene? Had someone been watching that video, 'fight like a girl' and taken it literally?

    What is funny about watching little kids fight? The fact that they were all girls was not in the least relevant. It would not have been funny if they were all boys, or mixed. Kids being violent to one another is hardly comedic.

    It was crude, unfunny and deeply offensive on a good many levels.

    I will not even bother with the rather overt gender bashing that went on.

    The movie is offensive for all the wrong reasons.

    But did it have any redeeming qualities at all?

    Well, Kristen Bell played a supporting role, but even Veronica Mars was not going to stop this bus going off the cliff.

    Recommended ONLY if...No....No. There is no 'if.' Under no circumstance can this movie be recommended to anyone. Save your money. Go home, watch the paint dry. You will find it infinitely more satisfying.
  • I don't get the really bad reviews of this movie. The reviews don't even match the movie. There are references to too much sex, and a flat story. Maybe I got a different movie, but there isn't any nudity or sex. At best there is cursing.

    It was a fun movie with an interesting story line. McCarthy is a funny actress that is able to convey a warm heart in her comedy even when the story line is trying to make her look mean.

    When I am doing system upgrades from home I put movies on in the background that are memorable for being full of constant dialog and this one is now in my list of movies that provide laughs while doing that 4am system upgrade.
  • Melissa McCarthy stars in a senseless adult comedy movie. "The Boss" failed to entertain me from the start till the end.The comedy is too cheap and the obscenity in language and behavior did not make me laugh at all. Honestly,I thought I am watching a silly porn-like comedy movie.

    Melissa McCarthy portrays the role of Michelle Darnell, a shameless and a selfish businesswoman who does everything bad for the sake of her own arrogant welfare. Her wicked and reckless behavior led to her imprisonment of course.

    I am totally disappointed with this boring movie because its senseless vulgarity and the lack of comedy made of this film a total waste of time and a bad movie of the year 2016.
  • I was ready for a fun, entertaining comedy and it failed at every level. Melissa and her hubby should not ever collaborate on a venture again, the writing and execution was forced which did not flow. We love Melissa, however she should have taken her concept to a professional writer. Peter Dinklage did not deliver which was completely surprising considering his career performance with Game of Thrones. For the most part he looked like he was in pain in all his scenes. I'm sorry to say, it is not even worth a future video rental. This is the first review I have written, I want to save you the pain! I wish I would have read reviews before spending my time and money. Let's wish Melissa a better script for any future movies, as this was a pure dud.
  • If you like Melissa McCarthy, you will like this silly movie. Silly is the operative word here. Not meant to be realistic or dramatic. I enjoyed the performances of lighthearted comedy. Parts are a bit aggressive but not violent. Silly climax, silly plot, silly movie. I didn't love it but I liked it a lot!
  • What can i say but wait for her next one. There isn't a redeeming scene in this entire film.

    She would have been better off leaving this for someone else and put all her efforts into reprising her role as Sookie in the Gilmore Girls remake (luckily she will be a bit player at least).

    The script should never have gotten green lit, its atrocious.

    I don't have adequate words to express show truly awful this is.

    From the moment you see that over the top televangelist haircut, you should be forewarned that this is going to be truly terrible

    Avoid
  • TV shows: Almost every year you see a new clever comedy show like Scrubs, Simpsons, Big Bang Theory, Southpark, Malcolm in the Middle, ... You don't have to like it, but at least acknowledge that it is very clever and well written.

    With movies on the other side it's a different story. Here the trend is that it is getting worse and worse. We are almost at a point where we were in the 80's.

    The problem: The movies make money and as long as this is happening we will see movies like "The Boss" in the future. Or another theory - I'm getting to old for this kind of movies.
  • And what one earth is wrong with Melissa McCarthy? She is beautiful, talented, funny….and yet she keeps making these foul, way too much sex pieces of trash. It's hard to figure out why. Do people in Hollywood think there are no more decent people out here wanting to see good, funny movies? Nobody left without the mouth or mind of a waste container? If so, they are wrong. The thing is, with this movie in particular, it could have been very funny. Good cast, fair premise, but instead we ended up with a film that was nothing much more than garbage. When a movie ends and everyone is just looking at each other with, "What the heck did we just waste money on?" looks on their faces, it's not good. Even worse, waiting for this one to come on, we were treated to a couple of coming attractions with pictures as bad, or worse. Foul language, as if the writers have completely lost any ability to write witty, clever dialogue, or dialogue at all that isn't merely four letter words, over the top sex that, frankly, is not interesting, is tiresome, and is so over- done. Who decides to spend money putting out money for this stuff? Nobody with any intelligence, I'm thinking. Too bad. You're cheating movie audiences, big time.
  • I can't believe I let my friend drag me into watching this .... atrocious film.

    This movie relies on ugly, immoral jokes that demean and pigeonhole people into old fashioned stereotypes. Making fun of lesbians? Seriously who does that anymore?! Also, if the jokes are ugly and cheap to begin with, forcing child actors to say them doesn't make the jokes any prettier. Slang terms and vulgar words do not automatically equal humor. Far from it.

    Absolutely tasteless.

    The Boss lacked subtlety, and I found myself comparing Melissa McCarthy's role to Donald Trump, and not in a good way, mind you. There was nothing funny about the film---the violent attempt at slapstick humor failed. It was badly timed and came off rather flat. No one was likable except Peter Dinklage's role. Even then, he is shoved into a stereotype about funny midgets. What are we? 8 year old children? That was the last time I ever laughed simply because someone was shorter than average.

    There is a way to mix violence/vulgarity to create a comedy (See Deadpool, Hot Fuzz, etc.), but The Boss definitely never even took off. Just pure failure.

    Hated the film. I don't recommend wasting your brain cells on this.
  • Melissa McCarthy has made a deserved name for her crassness and crudeness. I found her raw humor in Bridesmaids and The Heat to be extremely entertaining. But this movie, which presents her as a businesswoman in the mold of Martha Stewart, does her a disservice. What set McCarthy apart in the movies where she shines is that she's the one being crass and crude, surrounded by more normal people who make her stand out. In this movie, everyone seems to be trying to be just as crass and crude, if not more so, including the numerous girls playing Girl-Scout-like cookie sellers who get into a street brawl over cookie-selling territory. Poorly written movie. Not funny. Despite that, the movie is doing well in the box office. It's hard to imagine the audiences for this. Too crude to take kids. Not enough adult humor for adults.
  • Sometimes a filmmaker is simply too emotionally invested in a movie to see when it needs to be better than it's turning out to be. Of course, every filmmaker needs to be passionate about his/her cinematic endeavor, but there is such a thing as letting emotions get in the way of sound artistic judgment. It often happens when the same person both writes and directs a movie (his/her "passion project"), especially when also acting in the movie. Then, there's an even greater danger of things going wrong when these kinds of overlaps involve a married couple. It happened when Dax Shepard wrote, co-directed and starred in the pointless action-comedy "Hit and Run" (2012) which co-starred his real-life wife Kristen Bell. In 2014, another couple, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, took the practice of overlapping jobs and complicating it with marriage to another level by co-writing and co-starring in "Tammy" while Falcone also directed. That movie made money, but was poorly received by most critics and many Movie Fans as well. 2016 has the pair taking the same chance with the comedy "The Boss" (R, 1:39), which, ironically, co-stars Kristen Bell (but her husband is nowhere in sight). So, is "The Boss"… boss? Read on.

    McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a high-powered businesswoman and motivational speaker whose childhood (back and forth between an orphanage and foster care) taught her that the only person she can depend on is herself. She's self-centered, arrogant and basically amoral. Michelle generally uses and abuses her personal assistant, Claire (Bell), and Michelle's bodyguard isn't much more than her personal hype man. When Michelle is arrested for insider trading and sent to jail for five months, everyone abandons her, former lover and long-time business rival Renault (Peter Dinklage) buys her companies and the authorities freeze all of her remaining assets. Looks like someone has to start all over again.

    When Michelle is released from jail, she doesn't have anyone to call or anywhere to go, so she takes a taxi to Claire's apartment. When Claire gets home from her new job (where she works for a crazy Darnell disciple played by SNL's Cecily Strong), Claire's pre-teen daughter, Rachel (Ella Anderson), convinces her mom that they have to do something to help Michelle. Claire allows her former boss to stay in the apartment until she gets back on her feet, but Michelle's feet remain reclined on Claire's couch until Claire forces Michelle to do something to earn her keep. Michelle takes Rachel to her Dandelions meeting (think Girl Scouts) where the troop leader (Kristen Schaal) is discussing their cookie sales.

    Michelle gets an idea that her "way back" is to form a group called Darnell's Darlings which will teach girls business skills as they sell the unusually delicious brownies that Claire makes from an old family recipe. Michelle gets Claire to make the brownies and help with the troop and gets Rachel to help her recruit various tough girls and other misfits to join up and sell brownies for a percent of the profits. Michelle also approaches her estranged former mentor (Kathy Bates) for financing to help expand the business, but as all this is going on, Renault and his equally evil assistant (Timothy Simons) are keeping tabs on Michelle and her new business, hoping to increase the payback that he feels her still owes her.

    "The Boss" is mostly unoriginal, uninspired, unrealistic and unfunny. The clichéd plot lazily recycles the often used story of a main character who has been hardened by a tough life and doesn't know how to give or receive love. Falcone's direction randomly makes use of McCarthy's talent for physical comedy, but rarely gets her or the other actors to show us anything interesting or even very likable about their characters. Both the script and the acting give us characters who often change their tones and their attitudes toward other characters abruptly and with no clear reason why. We also see characters meeting for the first time, but acting like they already know each other, again without explanation.

    There is also a lack of realism in the way the script portrays the fallout from Michelle's crimes, and her business dealings as the head of Darnell's Darlings, but this comedy's biggest flaw is its lack of… comedy. There are a few laughs to be found here and there, but the movie's other problems just kill the mood. Besides that, the movie's attempts at humor are overly dependent on cartoonish violence involving children, cursing around, by and at children, and vulgar sexual references which come off as more crude than funny. McCarthy herself has been much funnier in previous films and hopefully she'll be funnier again in her future projects. Sadly, her character in this film is one boss who should be fired herself. "D+"
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    It was said right here on this site, this is a lousy film, save your money, don't go see it. I went to see it because I liked Spy a lot - I thought perhaps this one would have funny parts, be interesting, clever and maybe have original humor.

    Sadly I didn't walk out. I'll walk out of bad films but maybe it was the tasty bag of popcorn I was eating slowly, and enjoying my free Coke from my Regal points.

    I am disappointed that the filmmakers chose to use children throughout the film, yet they used foul language and some adult themes that gave it an "R" rating, thereby preventing young children to see a film that could have been fun if they had cleaned up the language. And with a wider audience, surely they could have figured out that it could have made so much more money.

    I truly do not understand the thinking behind the use of children in most of the film yet not making it suitable for them to enjoy - certainly there are enough "R" rated films that use adults, but very few films that use children with proper language and making a film the whole family can see.

    If a film has an "R" rating, then leave children out of the story. Easy enough to do.
  • Filmed in Chicago, this movie has a PLOT. It's funny, well-written, produced and directed, with great characters and acting. Melissa McCarthy is excellent, and so's Kristen Bell, Taylor Labine, Kristen Schaal, Peter Dinklage, and Cecily Strong. There's pathos (I think I know what that means) and I laughed a lot, having stopped to write this with 20 minutes to go. The great script was written around a really good brownie recipe, and McCarthy's ruthless "Michelle Darnell" runs into legal problems, then has to deal with innocent "Girl Scout" types, and decent grownups. Dinklage's character (He did this on a hiatus during GOT) is a very bad man who fights Darnell for the business. I think most people, by far, will like this one. The numbers above were just up to 12 June 2016, and the overseas profit must have been HUGE. I can't wait to see how it ends, so here I go.
  • Melissa McCarthy strikes again – this time at a rival troupe of juvenile sweets peddlers known as the Dandelions. The Boss was laugh out loud hilarious, but also heartfelt. The bizarre cast of characters in this film provided for some absurd and funny moments, but the best scenes were between Darnell and her newest protégé – the young Rachel, who quickly became like family to the money hungry Darnell. McCarthy always excels at physical comedy, but it was her character's confidence and quick wit that carried the film. Overall, I simply loved this film.
  • This was a bad movie. The movie was not funny. It was boring. I didn't laugh once. The acting is not good. It was very disappointing. The plot was dull. The directing was bad. The story was unoriginal. The main character was unlikable and annoying. The jokes were bad. I should have gone to see Demolition or Hardcore Henry. I almost fell asleep. It was a big letdown. There was no moral. The story felt very outdated. It was worse than Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice. It was so bad I couldn't believe it was real. It doesn't even deserve a star. It deserves a Razzie because it was so bad. Even my friend didn't like it. It needed better writing. Please do not see this movie. I did not like the movie.
  • So dry. No humor whatsoever. Boring as heck. Sat through a full hour waiting for the story to pick up. Weak story line and even weaker comedy by the actors. So lame. So so so so so so lame. . MM is much better than this. Baffled as to how production companies picked this crap up. She can do so much better. . I don't understand why director would pan out after a lame joke to a shot of the city, and zoom in, this happened like 10 times. Why are these 'filler scenes' necessary, might it be because oh, there's no HUMOR? I was sorely disappointed to say the very least; even Kristen Bell disappointed me with her weak lines.
  • Ben Falcone keeps proving to me that he is a horrible writer and a horrible director. There is nothing about this film that works. Read on to find out why: We have a female boss by the name of Michelle Darnell was placed under arrest for Insider Trading. She has just been released and wants to become something huge, something big and ready to become "America's sweetheart." All the people she messed over aren't quite willing to forgive her. Very simple plot.

    Melissa Mccarthy is just plain horrible. We all know that her character is unlikable, but this was beyond a joke. In the movie world if you decide to create a very obnoxious, nasty, mean, and repulsive character...it can work...but the actor/actress playing this character needs to be able to bring something great to the table and by acting greatly and making you appreciate this horrible/unlikable character. Melissa Mccarthy does none of this, and therefor makes it completely outrageous and leaving you in total discomfort for a full 90 mins. Kristen Bell was horribly casted and was just pointless. Peter Dinklage was the only decent thing about this film, and he managed to give us a few chuckles. That's the sign of a good actor. But he's used as the stereotypical midget and we are laughing at his advantage. Again, it just didn't work.

    Women and slapstick comedy - a mixture that fails abysmally. And this movie does just that. Nothing worked. It was a horrible combination. I will never watch this again. I disliked Tammy, but this one was even worse! It was just horrible. 1/5 stars. 1/10. Autistic Jay
  • What is wrong with this movie? Actually, the question should be: what is not wrong with this movie? First, except for the final scenes, this movie is not funny. It mocks women and even worse, young girls. That is not funny. Second, the movie is poorly acted. Third, the movie experiments with gender role switching with poor results. Fourth, the principal player, Melissa McCarthy just is not funny. She is loud and obnoxious. Actually, it all comes down to this: gals acting like nasty wise-guys just does not work, at least not for this writer. Lucille Ball was funny, Joan Davis was funny, Jean Stapleton was funny, Irene Ryan was funny, Rosalind Russell was funny, Gracie Allen was funny, Shelly Long is funny, Barbra Streisand is funny, Melissa McCarthy is not funny. Women punching each other in the face is not funny. Young girls brawling is not funny. What's worse, the movie early on establishes that McCarthy's character, the Boss, is a rotten person and shows it. She generates no empathy. She does stuff that is really hurtful and nasty. The one strong male character in this movie, played by a midget who actually is funny, despises the Boss and with good reason: she used him to get a promotion and then dumped him. Throughout the story she is the cause of all the interpersonal conflicts. In fact, she is intensely disliked, and with good reason: the character is repulsive. She is pushy, a hustler, loud, obnoxious, aggressive, and physically unattractive. That alone would not necessarily render her humorless. The problem is that she has no redeeming qualities to make her lovable. She's not warm, endearing, sensitive or even misunderstood by others. Her abrasive personality is as transparent as clear glass. She is not the victim; she is the perpetrator. And that is not funny. What's next: a female version of The Three Stooges (Mai, Lara and Coochie)? Or what about a movie featuring a female version of Harold Lloyd? Or what about a movie about a female Sad Sack (Sadie Sack?) Or what about an all-female version of Gomer Pyle, USMC? (Scene: affable but slow-witted Gina Pyle is berated by her hysterical sergeant, Violet Carter). Or what about an updated version of All in the Family with Archie transformed into Alma, Edith into Alma's clueless husband Eddie, Gloria into Alma's hysterical son Glen and Mike into Alma's obnoxious daughter-in-law Midge? The rip-off possibilities are endless. Anything for a laugh, right?
  • This film is a terrible misfire. Melissa Mccarthy has proved with this 2nd movie written by her that she cannot write a screenplay. She proved with Tammy and with The Boss that her talent is restricted to physical humor with her acting. The Boss is a lazy attempt at a comedy with plenty of horrendous jokes, bad characters, and a weird ass ending that feels totally out of place because of a fight scene. This entire movie is a mess and the only redemption is that a couple of jokes hit and that Michelle's (Melissa Mccarthy) story arch is that she need's to learn that family is everything this intertwines well with the other main character's story arch which is to find her own self worth. They have good character contrast but besides that everything else is crap. I made a video movie review on my Youtube Channel if you want to check that out. Here's a link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc6WbzHHit8
  • I love Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell, but this movie was terrible. The plot was unfocused, the characters underdeveloped, and most of the the "jokes" crude and poorly timed. I left wondering who the target audience was supposed to be because I cannot picture anyone enjoying this film. With so much talent, it was painful to watch its lukewarm opening disintegrate into vulgar attempts at cheap laughs that never came. The whole thing just made me feel sad...and not in a good way. I hope Melissa McCarthy will continue to work on her writing because she clearly has a great sense of humor, but this film reflects poorly on her talent.
  • After consistently being rejected by potential adoptive families during her childhood at the Blessed Sisters of Merry orphanage, Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) grows up to become a highly successful, but hardened and cynical, businesswoman. Placing profits above notions of friends and family, Darnell betrays her mentor Ida (Kathy Bates), her lover Renault (Peter Dinklage), and her loyal assistant Claire (Kristen Bell). When the industry titan is arrested for insider trading, her company is usurped by Renault and all of her possessions are sold off, leaving her destitute when she's released from prison four months later. Arriving on Claire's doorstep, Michelle convinces her former employee to let her stay until she's able to bounce back. With Claire and her daughter Rachel's (Ella Anderson) help, Michelle must attempt to reclaim her empire – and overcome her own contentious nature.

    Starting off as a celebrity motivational speaker, complete with rap stars, dancers, and pyrotechnics, Michelle is anything but the typical Wall Street hotshot. So it's particularly baffling that the movie would retain the name "The Boss," a moniker never actually applied to McCarthy's character in any manner fittingly representative of the filthy-rich, mobster-type persona depicted on the theatrical poster art. Whatever the title was intended to mean, it gets utterly lost amidst a series of incoherent, spontaneous modifications for the leading role, which shifts around so much it's as if she's depicting multiple personalities. When the story diverges into a Girl Scouts cookie/brownie-selling rivalry and showdown, Michelle's former multimillions CEO status becomes virtually blotted out.

    The very first verbal gag, which is a derivation of the "Who's on First" routine first popularized by Abbott and Costello, descends into blathering babble, as if half a joke was written and then dropped. This gives way to a series of conversations that all fall comparably flat - perhaps setting some sort of record for the most number of completely unfunny blabbers spouted out in a row, gruelingly unable to land a genuine punchline. The exchanges are painfully spewed, as if the actors were laboring through their dialogue while fending off boos from a live improv crowd. Even the slapstick, which generally capitalizes on the easy target of McCarthy's weight, struggles to find its footing.

    "You've got no capital and nobody likes you!" The plot comes together discordantly, with flashbacks and transitions so ineffective they appear as if pilfered from different films. The basic ideas are hastily and sloppily sewn together from a smattering of varying works - undoubtedly pulling from rejected subplots from other Ben Falcone/Melissa McCarthy scripts. Is Darnell trying to regain her business acumen? Is she trying to display an emotional or maternal side? Is she trying to save her employee-turned-partner from the monotony of life as a single mom in a dead-end job? Is she trying to redeem herself from a career of backstabbing and deceit? Is she trying to find a suitable man for Claire?

    As each wholly incompatible predicament arises, the calculations and the resolutions either carry on too long or cut off too soon. The comic timing is disastrously unpolished. And the villain is another strong example of how incautiously the storyline is concocted - he's a bitter ex-lover, a rival businessperson, an extreme eccentric, and a samurai enthusiast all rolled into one, proving to be more of a cartoon character than a believable human being. When deadly conflict (something that should have never appeared in this kind of project) transforms into reconciliation with a couple of quick jokes, it's clear that nothing about "The Boss" was well thought out or approached with common sensibility (especially when the money to buy bags, stickers, ribbons, berets, and all the brownie ingredients is totally ignored). But, more unforgivable than the lack of substance, is the fact that so many of Michelle's misadventures are just plain humorless.

    • The Massie Twins
  • I was looking forward to seeing Melissa McCarthy having never seen any of her movies and she is known for her comedic skill. Sadly I was very disappointed with the film but must agree that Ms McCarthy certainly has talent. Sadly this film did not enhance her talent in any way. Her skills were spoiled by the constant references to female anatomy and mostly shouting insults with bad language. I was saddened to see a script that to me downgrades women which is not at all funny. I must be honest and admit I did not stay to see the whole film so there may have been an improvement further on which I missed as I left the cinema. This experience has discouraged any further viewing of Ms McCarthy's work which is a pity. This film had all the makings of good entertainment and would be more successful if the language was cleaned up. However, perhaps I am old-fashioned!
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    The current rating of 5.3 is much too low for this film. In the reviews there seem to be many 1 out of 10 detractors which makes me wonder 1/. did we watch the same film? 2/. did those reviewers not understand the film?, 3/. did they understand the film but not like the message?, or 4/. do they just not approve of films starring normal sized women?

    The Boss is a parable about the value of money vs. the value of friendship. Michelle Darnell (played by Melissa McCarthy) never had any friends or family as a child, so by tooth and claw she fought her way to material wealth and (the illusion of) prestige through some preposterous, exploitative, pyramid marketing type scam, hurting a lot of people along the way. For her, money is a type of armour that bestows respect, comfort and security, which she needs, because no one's going to love her any time soon.

    After a short white collar crime jail sentence she gets out to discover that she no longer has any armour. She doesn't even have a blanket, because she doesn't have any friends. But in desperation she appeals to her long suffering and under-valued single mom former assistant, Claire (Kristen Bell), who reluctantly takes her in because she knows herself what it means to be down on your luck with nowhere to turn.

    Michelle may no longer have any money, but she has a more valuable asset - chutzpah - something that can never be taken away - and the steely determination that comes from having to fend for yourself when you're just a young child.

    Discovering Claire's talent at making comfort food brownies, Michelle decides to muscle in on the girl-scout cookie operation headed by the movie's "bitch" Helen (played brilliantly by Annie Mumolo). Of course she prevails (because this is a Hollywood movie), but along the way she realises that she doesn't care about the money after all - what she truly values is the friendship of Claire and her daughter, and Claire's adorably dorky beau, Mike (played by Tyler Labine). She finally finds her family when she least expected it. So the 1 out of 10 haters should suck it, because they're wrong - this is a lovely movie.
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