Title: Life of the Party Director: Ben Falcone Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 45m
“When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa 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.”
1:46 - “You got this.” Don’t tell Richard Ayoade that. 3:55 - Oof, brutal start to a comedy film. 5:57 - Uber driver and confidante. 9:19 - I’d be too scared to do a bonfire for that very reason. 10:42 - “Oh god, I don’t want to start a blog.” 14:44 - “Go for gold!” “At least medal!” 18:23 - Why do universities have gift shops? 23:18 - The enthusiasm is exhausting but you can’t fault the attitude. 25:13 - Making lemons out of lemonade is genius. 25:43 - This movie is making me want to play Sims 2 University. 27:01 - “I just get a Voldemort vibe from her.” 29:33 - I LOVE Maya Rudolph. 35:30 - “I will break your face. No one will recognise you. You will die in a ditch.” 49:01 - God, I don’t miss school but I wish I could go now, do all that learning now. 55:51 - He looks like Chandler! Flock of Seagulls! 1:06:42 - Argh, NIGHTMARES. 1:21:46 - I don’t totally understand why the ex-guy would pay for college anyway. 1:26:53 - Jack is adorable. 1:33:11 - Was not expecting bods in this film! 1:37:59 - The tassel system seems flawed.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting huge amounts from this. Melissa McCarthy has a hit and miss strike rate from what we’ve seen so far, and the concept didn’t look too original. But the trailer was okay and we were in the mood for some relatively straight forward comedy, and this seemed to fit the bill.
It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I liked that, for the most part, it wasn’t crude like a lot of these college movies can get. There was drink and drugs and shenanigans of course, but it was pretty easy going.
The only problem is, that although Melissa is fabulous, Maya Rudolph completely stole the show for me and there just wasn’t enough of her. But otherwise, thumbs up!