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September 6, 2019

Life of the Party (2018) --- “Give Life The Old College Try”

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     When her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) suddenly dumps her for another woman, dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) decides to rediscover herself by going back to college. Unfortunately, she winds up at the same college her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) is going to and plunges head-first into the full college experience. Watch as the new and outspoken Deanna embraces freedom, fun, and frat boys on her own terms. Prepare for the college experience no one ever expected.

     Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy, The Boss) and co-written alongside his wife Melissa McCarthy (The Kitchen), Life of the Party (2018) is an entertaining comedy that turned out to be much funnier than I expected. This is not much different from McCarthy’s other comedy films and the plot is predictable, but morals of about facing your demons and the importance of empathy almost make up for it. Although these core values are overshadowed at times due to some juvenile and rambunctious aspects, the story always manages to come back to its core lessons. In addition, sometimes the endless one-liners get kind of tiring but luckily Life of the Party is one of those few films that actually made laugh the entire time. There were a couple cringe-worthy moments but all in all, this was a decently entertaining comedy. 
     The cast performances were pretty great. I am not the biggest fan of Melissa McCarthy’s work but here she is solid as Deanna and her chemistry with Molly Gordon (Book Smart) as her daughter Maddie is pretty great too. Maya Rudolph (Grown Ups, Bridesmaids), Matt Walsh (Veep), Luke Benward (How to Eat Fried Worms), Jackie Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), and more did great is their respective supporting roles.

     Overall, Life of the Party (2018) is not the greatest film of all time, but it is still an entertaining comedy that turned out to be better than I expected. The story was predictable, juvenile, and rambunctious but the core lessons on facing your demons and the importance of empathy almost make up for it. Also, the comedy was better than expected and made me laugh the entire time. The cast performances were great, especially the solid performance by McCarthy and her chemistry with Gordon. All in all, I recommend this film. If your not a fan of McCarthy than I also recommend that you give her a shot with this film, I did and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Final Vote --- 7 of 10 stars

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