Movie Review: LIFE OF THE PARTY (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

LIFE OF THE PARTY was directed by Ben Falcone from a screenplay he co-wrote with Melissa McCarthy who stars alongside Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, Stephen Root, Jacki Weaver, Jessie Ennis, Adria Arjona, Chris Parnell, Debby Ryan and Jimmy O. Yang. McCarthy and Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and produced through their production company, On the Day Production. Chris Henchy is also producing the film, with David Siegel serving as executive producer.

Watch as a newly divorced mother resets her life and navigates the world of college. When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into reset 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.

Life of the Party follows Deanna (Melissa McCarthy), a loving and devoted housewife who gets dumped by her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) for a more attractive woman (Julie Bowen). Deanna is left shocked and heartbroken so she decides to go back to college and ends up enrolling at the same university her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) goes to. In the beginning it’s a really uncomfortable situation and maybe a little embarrassing for Maddie to deal with her obnoxious mother who comes off a little strong most of the time but it all smooths out and Deanna kind of becomes a part of the click.

There’s a few speed bumps and obstacles that the severely outspoken Deanna has to go through as she slowly rediscovers herself but she proves to everyone (and her jealous college frenemy, Debby Ryan) that she’s got it where it counts and has some fun in her journey of self-discovery. She’s still dealing with her divource some but thankfully she has some help from her best friend Christine (Maya Rudolph) who is just abonoxious as she is. Deanna even gets the attention of Jack (Luke Benward), a popular frat boy, and the two of them end up having this awkward affair and unfortunately her daughter has to deal with this among other things her silly mother gets into. In the end, college ends up being a lot of fun for Deanna but she does accomplish what she first set out to do and that’s to finally graduate.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Life of the Party was an okay watch even though I found the main character extremely annoying at times but maybe that’s what Melissa McCarthy was going for. Maybe? We’ve all met that annoying mother who doesn’t know when she’s overstayed her welcome and this college situation for the daughter is the case. Well, in the beginning it’s the case but then the mother calms down and gets less annoying and then becomes one of the girls and that’s when the movie starts getting fun. The story was okay but to me it felt a little similar to the 80’s comedy Back to School (with a few small changes) but that comedy classic appealed the the guys where this one is definitely for the girls. The movie has a few funny moments and I thought the cast did a good job with their characters. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have come up with this formula that allows them to make their own comedies and there’s a loyal audience for this. This one isn’t for everyone but it’d make a fun date movie or maybe have a movie night with mom, or something like that.  Life of the Party will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) on August 7th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include interviews with some of the cast who talk about the 80’s party scene, line-o-ramas, a gag reel, seventeen deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  •  ’80s Party (04:51)
  • Mom Sandwich (02:45)
  • Line-O-Rama (03:02)
  • Bill Hate-O-Rama (02:44)
  • Gag Reel (05:25)
  • Deleted Scenes (46:36)
  • Digital HD Copy


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