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Life of the Party (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Life of the Party's good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren't enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits.

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When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college...landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who's not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna-now Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

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Maya Rudolph
as Christine
Debby Ryan
as Jennifer
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Critic Reviews for Life of the Party

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The modern academic landscape of safe spaces and microaggression measurement might have given the old premise a good jolt, but Falcone and McCarthy take the easier route of throwing her character into the epic partying of the Greek system.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

McCarthy doesn't try to conceal her purpose: she has won her power the hard way and she wants to use it for the greater good. That's part of what makes her the cultural icon she has become, the champion of downtrodden woman of all shapes and sizes.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The pat drama and the mild conflicts of "Life of the Party" leave McCarthy with little chance to shine, despite her near-constant presence onscreen.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Life of the Party doesn't live up to either of the nouns in its title.

May 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Melissa McCarthy is comedy royalty - it's a scientific fact, look it up - but even the Bridesmaids star can't keep this mom-goes-to-college fluffball from flatlining.

May 12, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Falcone and McCarthy seem so concerned with delivering on their audience's pratfall assumptions that they never allow McCarthy to expand her capabilities in any meaningful way.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life of the Party

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If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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Melissa McCarthy is really hit and miss for me. This is watchable, but that's the best I could say for it. There's a lot of gross humor, which I personally don't like. It actually started off okay too and I had hopes it might be funny, but it never really lifts to what it could be.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I'm becoming a little exhausted by Melissa McCarthy. When she's put in a group, sure, she works well. On her own though, it just never seems to stand. With the exception of Spy, which even then I didn't think was that great, all her movies are profoundly meh. They're not even bad necessarily, just meh. It's the same thing here. The story is cute I guess (though we've seen it before), the characters are fine, and there were one or two jokes that were genuinely funny. But was it worth those one or two jokes for the overall period where I was just kinda' bored by the movie? The movies not good, but it's not really bad either. It just...is.

Michael Malan
Michael Malan

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