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When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna 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.
Comedy - This comedy is a big showcase for star/co-writer
Melissa McCarthy, and her fans will certainly enjoy.
Despite outward appearances by the marketing, this is
actually a much gentler and sweeter film, but there is
some language, suggestive content, and drug content that
make the film not for young kids. Women are the target
PROFANITY: 2 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fighting, hits, falls played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and some marijuana. ACTION: A fight. COMEDY: Frequent verbal and physical humor, sometimes suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...fails to do justice to the sheer awesomeness of its leading lady. ...so preoccupied with giving its star's wish fulfillment fantasies that it forgets to make sure all the other major characters seem like characters, rather than underdeveloped notions.
USA TodayFull Review Average ...leaning less into crudeness and more into female-centric laughs, but offers some sweet moments and a few enjoyably zany characters. it's a cavalcade of Harry Potter references, sciatica jokes and never-ending archaeology puns.
NY PostFull Review Good ...a funny and disarmingly sweet if slightly uneven comedy... .."Life of the Party” is undeniably at its best when Falcone is showcasing McCarthy's aptitude for physical comedy... Deanna's hookups with an adoring student hottie named Jack (Luke Benward) are also a highlight...
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average Melissa McCarthy is comedy royalty...but even the Bridesmaids star can't keep this mom-goes-to-college fluffball from flatlining. Of course, no movie with McCarthy can be a total loss, and Life of the Party has its moments once the script stops making easy jokes about fish-outta-water cluelessness and lets McCarthy mix it up with a terrific-if-overqualified supporting cast.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 41 moviegoers:
TEENS: The lone female enjoyed it very much rating it "above average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One female loved it, one enjoyed it very much rating it "above average" and one felt it was an "average" movie.
ADULTS: The female reviews are GREAT! Close to 70% loved it with another 20% indicating that they enjoyed "Life of the Party" very much. Only about 10% rated it just "average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).