Film review by Steve Duffy –
Life of the Party
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.
McCarthy is on wash, rinse, and repeat. Melissa and her husband, Ben Falcone, do not offer anything new in “Life of the Party.”
The story is not really that funny. Comic MVP Maya Rudolph, can’t even save the film and delivers less laughs than McCarthy.
The comedy is light-hearted and there are a few moments that are funny, but they are far and few between.
Fans of McCarthy will probably love this film, but I would stay away.
RATING: PG-13 for sexual material, drug content and partying
RUNTIME: 105 mins