All these recent films have a similar theme: interesting concept, great cast, have some funny moments, yet are forgettable. I agree that McCarthy's immense talent is barely given room to move in those films because it's always more about the shtick than the character development. I would say the same for Happytime Murders, though, which is a Brian Henson film. So perhaps Falcone isn't the problem as much as that no one knows what to do with McCarthy's frenetic energy and painfully real yet hilarious sentiment. And perhaps McCarthy herself doesn't recognize her own awesomeness. But if she does, I hope she either directs herself or partners with a director who knows how to elicit and maximize those kinds of insanely compelling performances from manically adorable actors. (James Gunn comes to mind.)