Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review
Life Of The Party
Rating: 1/10 (Horrible)
Recommendation: Fuck It
Honestly, I thought I’d could at least enjoy some of this film…. I was completely wrong about that.
There are a few one off jokes that are okay. (But I think I laughed because I was desperate to find something that made my time being there worth it.)
There is no plot what so ever. The point of the movie is for Melissa McCarthy to go back to school but during it, she parties, has awesome grades, and becomes the lovable character around the campus. There are no challenges or consequences. She succeeds at everything with ease. The film essentially just happens. It’s like someone took a camera and followed around Melissa while she was attending school. That’s it.
Oh, sorry. There is the one aspect she fails at and that’s public speaking. But it doesn’t make sense because she has no issue talking to people in groups or at parties. Hell, she even dances in front of a whole party at one point. Maybe you could argue that she’s drunk? But it doesn’t add up for the rest of stuff she does in front of people without freaking out. So in other words, there are no consequences.
Melissa’s character is just annoying. It’s not that Melissa plays it wrong necessarily, it’s that the character is annoying to be annoying. It’s played for “Laughs” but there are none to be found. She’s not hateable but she’s not likable either. Her character is just the “Goofy Mom who bakes, makes friends, comforts her sorority sisters, and embarrasses her daughter once in awhile.” That’s it. That’s all she is and they made a whole movie around that. How?!!!
The whole script is improv. If there was a written screenplay then they didn’t use it. Almost everyone just goes off on a tangent to make scenes longer than what they need to be and be it becomes painful fast. You’ll actually cringe at how bad the “Jokes” are. You’ll be beyond antsy as you’re trying to make it through these “Jokes.” And “Jokes” is in parenthesis because they don’t really qualify as comedy (Besides the few one off ones).
This film is painful. Last week, I saw Overboard and said “It’s not great, or good, or average, but there is some charm to the characters and cast and the plot is so stupid that you can enjoy the absurdity of it.” (It wasn’t those exact words but you get the point.) Here? There isn’t anything to get behind.
There is no story. There is no comedy. There is no charm. There is no direction. There is no likability of the characters. This movie just exists. It exists and it’s a waste of time and money.
If you’re a huge, and I mean huge, Melissa McCarthy fan, then check it out. Otherwise, this is the worst movie I’ve seen this year.