Life of the Party (2018)
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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