I thought the expository scenes were terribly unfunny but it found it’s groove once she got to college! the scene of McCarthy giving an oral presentation is a miracle of physical comedy rivaling some of early Steve Martin films.
A putrid, conflict-free film with indistinguishable direction and some of the year's worst writing. Not to mention, the whole point of these comedies where parents go back to college is to see them partake in the debauchery they would've back when they young, having "Life of the Party" be PG-13 makes no sense whatsoever. And again, Melissa McCarthy is cringeworthy in her attempts to be more obnoxious with every film.
McCarthy broke my heart and put a smile on my face, Rudolph and Jacobs made me laugh until I cried and Luke Benward charmed the pants off me. What more can I ask from such an airy trifle of a movie? It sets itself a very easy goal but achieves it well with no serious missteps. Still, a tighter script and a little visual chutzpah wouldn't be unwelcome.
This is one of the most aimless comedies I have ever seen. I mean, bless this cast, they're trying so hard to make something out of nothing. But, there's just the bare minimum of a story here and no character development or consistency at all. It's like Falcone and McCarthy are just throwing in any gag they can think of and hoping it fits, which it seldom does. I heard plenty of groans in the audience for this one.