Life of the Party
- 1hr 45m
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Great movie! Laughed the whole time!
Whatever Life of the Party needs its star to be, it gives us — frumpy, hot, weird, normal, kind, mean, humiliated, heroic, limber, uncoordinated, sexy, unsexy — in the desperate hope that you’ll latch on to some nugget of McCarthy-patented brazenness and you’ll laugh, as if story and cohesion meant nothing.
In hitting so many bullet points from the boardroom presentation justifying its existence, it’s a wonder that Life of the Party manages to work in anything personal or natural at all. And it does, which is a testament to the talent of the people involved (McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, and Maya Rudolph especially). I just wish I could see them in a movie that wasn’t trying to be everything to everyone.
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Melissa McCarthy is totally the life of the party. And also, in addition to that, she’s starring in Life of the Party! McCarthy plays Deanna, a middle-aged housewife reinventing herself after her husband suddenly asks for a divorce. Realizing that she regrets never having gotten her college degree, she decides to enroll… at her daughter’s university. Immersing herself in the full campus experience proves to be perfect cure for what ails Deanna, even if her daughter has a few reservations about the whole thing. They say you’re only young once, but apparently doing a walk of shame out of a frat house is ageless.
Life of the Party is directed by Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s husband – and the pair co-wrote the script together. The film also stars Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh and Gillian Jacobs.
- Melissa McCarthy
- Gillian Jacobs
- Adria Arjona
- Debby Ryan
- Stephen Root
- Julie Bowen
- Maya Rudolph
- Sarah Baker
- Chris Parnell
- Jessie Ennis
Did You Know?
- This is the 7th film for husband/director Ben Falcone and wife/actress Melissa Mccarthy. Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, Tammy, The Heat, Spy, and The Boss.
- Dan cuts off his money so Deanna has to raise $12,000 dollars to stay in school, but schools require tuition up front so Dan would have already paid the bills.