It’s Celebrity Apprentice meets Abbott and Costello when an orange-haired billionairess (Salma Hayek) bankrolls a pair of makeup artists (Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish), only to landmine their thruway to success with seemingly insurmountable tasks in the hope of gaining control of their company. It’s hard to believe that a filmmaker as in tune with human idiosyncrasies as Miguel Arteta could ever sign off on something as carelessly conceived and executed as this variation on a Seth Rogen role-reversal (vagina jokes replace penis jokes) stoner comedy. Arteta is, in Golden Age of Hollywood parlance, a “woman’s director,” and it was encouraging to see several repeat defenders — Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner), Ari Graynor (Youth in Revolt), and Jennifer Coolidge (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) — returning to the fold. No matter how big or small their role, he collaborates with his actresses to find some truth in their characters. But this ersatz ensemble proved to be an unconquerable challenge. (2020) — Scott Marks
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