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Film Review: “Life of the Party” (2018) ★★


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“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is one of the highly anticipated films of 2018, which I must admit, is something I can’t wait to see. And the main reasons for that is Melissa McCarthy who potentially plays her most dramatic role yet. But after seeing “Life of the Party” from Ben Falcone who sat with Melissa McCarthy to write its screenplay, I wonder if I should do it after all.

Film Industry, Media or Social Network is quite an important platform that must be used to promote goodness, something that our younger generation can benefit from and learn to be better human beings. As I understand that it’s the ideal thing that will never happen in real life, I am still hopeful even though the same hope vanishes every time when I see pointless films like “Life of the Party” that unfortunately comes from someone who can surely do better than this.

Well, before getting to the point of why this movie is specifically bad, it’s better to touch on the synopsis first so you can have a better idea what’s it all about. It follows Deanna, a seemingly happily-married woman on the day of her daughter entering college. She learns from her husband that he wants a divorce. Not knowing how else to handle such a shocking news, Deanna decides to enter college as well to study archeology which she had always wanted. But instead of studying hard, she joins her daughter and her classmates into party hard.

Even though Deanna will, from time to time, study and even visit the college’s library, her main focus is on debating and even arguing with the other students who treat her as a granny. The woman also meets a young man named Jack who is fond of her. But all these and many other events do not add up to what happens in the film which turns the entire feature into a mediocre and dull concept that brings no value whatsoever.

And now, I guess the best part is, which I never like to do, is to criticize a film. With all due respect to Mrs. McCarthy and Mr. Falcone, there was a big missing point in the film that will never fix their collaborative work. Indeed, it’s meant to be a comedy; it’s meant to reach out to the younger audience; it’s meant to entertain, but instead it delivers a forgettable journey using a story that had no meaning at all. For instance, Deanna makes a decision, which was the right one, to go study, which was interesting in a way. Although I agree that if her or Mr. Falcone’s choice would fall to another storyline, this film could have targeted the educational concept more through comedy to communicate with the most vulnerable and younger minds that know only about the silver screen to feed their mind.

My another complain is the cast that was absolutely awful. For example, Molly Gordon as Maddie, Deanna’s daughter, did a great job but had no chemistry with the on-screen mother who treated each other like strangers. It was not Ms. Gordon’s fault, but it was the wrong film for her to appear in or the lead actress with whom she shared no chemistry, which is pitiful in a way.

In conclusion, “Life of the Party” is probably one of the worst films of the year. It has no proper beginning or even endings. It has nothing much to offer other than the desire to walk away in the middle of the screening. Lines written are not imaginative but empty. The film itself has no heartbeat or any life that could have somehow let the blood circulate through the vein of Falcone’s idea which, in the end, should have been revisited before making it.

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