Watch the trailer. Title: Life of the Party When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna 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. Written by Warner Bros.
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With one important exception — to be discussed in a moment — the students at Decatur University are a notably bland bunch. They have no political opinions or intellectual passions, their sex lives are almost nonexistent, and their parties rarely get out of hand. Still, since the title refers to Melissa McCarthy — a producer and co-writer with her husband, Ben Falcone, who directed — there is a measure of liveliness at least. McCarthy plays Deanna, who finds herself, somewhere in her 40s, suddenly divorced and enrolled at Decatur, where her daughter, Maddie Molly Gordon , happens to be a senior. Deanna gave up her dreams of studying archaeology to raise Maddie and endure wedlock to a guy named Dan, played by Matt Walsh. Walsh is one of several fine comic performers without much to do. But everyone seems game and eager to please, and happy to be working with Ms.
It's essentially a gentler, more sentimental, less outrageous " Back to School ," but with a female lead who sees herself as a failure rather than a success, and with consistent messaging about the virtues of sisterhood and cross-generational respect. The movie's concentrated aura of decency is unusual and welcome college comedies tend to be far more cruel, dumb and sleazy than this , but you still might come away wishing there was more to it. Not more of a plot, necessarily, because from W. Fields and the Marx Bros.