LIFE OF THE PARTY REVIEW– Rated PG-13 – 1 h 45 min 

Life of the party

LIFE OF THE PARTY – Rated PG-13 – 1 h 45 min 

Director:  Ben Falcone

Writers:  Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy 

Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Debby Ryan, Adria Arjona, Julie Bowen, Stephen Root, Matt Walsh and Christina Aguilera 

When Daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) heads off to College for her Senior Year, it seems that her Father Dan (Matt Walsh) is about to give his long-time wife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) the old heave-ho, as he has apparently taken up with the younger, and much more exciting Marcie (Julie Bowen).

Totally distraught, as she never saw any of this coming, Deanna must regroup to get her own life back-on-track.  And what better way to expedite the situation, than to head back to College to finish that Archeology degree that she left before finishing, many years ago…

When Deanna decides to attend the University that her daughter is attending too…poor Maddie isn’t sure that this scenario is going to work out, for anyone involved.

But, leave to the Super Cool Deanna to break the ice with Maddie’s Sorority Sisters, and many more students along the way too, proving to everyone…it’s never too late to finish what you started…and HOW!

I give LIFE OF THE PARTY a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN or WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD – Oh, I so wanted to give this film my best rating, but, sadly, I just couldn’t.  Melissa is entertaining playing Deanna, the dumped Mom who heads back to College, much to her daughter’s dismay. And Rudolph, Walsh, Gordon and all the Sorority Sisters performances were okay throughout the film too.  Plus, I have to say that the love interest that McCarthy ends up with was rather intriguing, as they say, which spiced it up midstream, just a little. But for as many funny moments as there were throughout, there was as many scenes that ended up rather lackluster too L But I must also must make a point to share too that Falcone and McCarthy did manage to make the whole theater gasp during a particular scene, which no one, and I mean NO ONE saw coming!  Thus, leading me to share that if you love McCarthy, and her films as much as I do, then please head out to a theater near you this weekend and catch LIFE OF THE PARTY!  But if you are hoping to be as entertained as you were with McCarthy’s performance in 2011’s BRIDESMAIDS or even 2015’s SPY…then you definitely might want to wait to catch this film on DVD, as LIFE OF THE PARTY might leave you disappointed from the experience you hoping for, when you headed out to catch it on the big screen…

Kathy Kaiser