Movie Review: ‘Life Of The Party’

Review by Monique Thompson

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime and dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college. Unfortunately, Deanna winds up at the same school as her less-than-thrilled daughter. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the outspoken new student soon begins a journey of self-discovery while fully embracing all of the fun, freedom and frat boys that she can handle.

Melissa McCarthy is known for gut busting comedies (Tammy, The Heat, Identity Thief) and her latest comedy Life Of The Party is just as solid. During the opening scene, Deanna (McCarthy) and her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) are dropping their daughter Maddie off at college for her senior year. Moments after getting back into their SUV, Dan stops the car and tells Deanna that he wants a divorce.

While trying to figure out what to do with her life and newfound singleness, Deanna decides to reenroll in college to finally finish her degree, something she has always wanted to do. The kicker here is that she’s a student enrolled in the same college as her daughter. Her tenure at the campus ends up being filled with mishaps and adventures with her daughter and fellow sorority sisters.

McCarthy is undeniably one of the funniest comedians out there. Without question, she, along with the cast, are all each so funny and have the best chemistry. This college comedy also shows that McCarthy can still lead a comedy with ease. Life Of The Party is packed with some extremely funny scenes and is all around a feel good film. There’s even a little plot twist thrown in the mix and during the screening. There’s also moments where the theater got so loud you could barely hear the dialogue.

When seeing Life Of The Party definitely be prepared for some gut busting laughter with an awesome cast.

STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Shannon Purser, Julie Bowen

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