Life of the Party is the new comedy starring the always comical Melissa McCarthy as a divorced mom that goes back to college with her daughter. It’s part of the new genre of movies people are calling mom coms.
McCarthy gives it her all as the character of Deanna, but even that isn’t enough to save this lack luster movie. Melissa McCarthy is excellent in short bursts: Megan in Bridesmaids and Sean Spicer on SNL are both Hilarious. It’s when she’s the star of the film that her charisma starts to fade.
The supporting cast is filled with other comedy greats. SNL alumni Maya Rudolph is hysterical as Deanna’s drunk and sex crazed best friend and Stephen Root is great while yelling about ham sandwiches as Deanna’s dad.
The biggest problem with this movie is its total lack of conflict. It starts off with Deanna getting divorced and having a midlife crisis, but then there’s absolutely nothing else that stands in her way. After the initial premise, the rest of the movie just feels like SNL skit after skit with Melissa McCarthy playing a mom with a bunch of college kids in different scenarios. There’s no real drama or “what will happen” scenarios. A problem is presented in one scene and then immediately solved in the next scene by talking it out with the girls. If only a mid life crisis was that easy to solve.
We here at Whose Review give Life of the Party the overall rating of A Long SNL Skit. The premise, the cast, and the amount of laughs will all make you think it’s a SaturdayNight Live skit that keeps dragging on. If you enjoy Melissa McCarthy’s brand of humor and don’t mind a story that’s a bit predictable, you’ll get a few good laughs out of it, but that’s about it.