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How to Party with Mom (Life of the Party)
U.S.A. 2018

Opening 5 Jul 2018

Directed by: Ben Falcone
Writing credits: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
Principal actors: Melissa McCarthy, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, Ben Falcone, Jacki Weaver

Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) and Dan (Matt Walsh) have just dropped off their daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) at college to start her senior year, when Dan announces that he wants a divorce. Deanna only wastes a teeny little bit of time moping around before she decides to enroll in college herself to get the archeology degree that she had foregone in order to become a full-time mother. Now, what could be more fun than going to college with your very own daughter, attending the very same class?? Everything could be more fun if you ask the daughter, even though she loves her mom. Luckily Maddie's girlfriends see this much more relaxed and take Deanna under their wings. College costs money though, money Deanna doesn't have because Dan kept all assets in his name. Her new friends help with a plan to solve this little problem as well.

Overall the story lacks innovation and the "back-to-school" theme is not the only idea that has been recycled for this film. Still it should have been possible to create material to let McCarthy (and other talents) in the cast shine. Direction and script (McCarthy, Ben Falcone) fall short of making this happen. McCarthy is an exceptional comedian who knows how to use her body to appear hilarious and touching at the same time. She makes use of her gifts here too, but it never leaves a lasting impression. This is no match to Spy (2016) or her sketches impersonating then-press-secretary Sean Spicer on SNL. (Carola A)

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