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Despite winning Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actor for Andy Samberg at the Globes during its first season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine
McCarthy stars as Deanna, a Mom to a college age daughter, who has an affinity for bedazzled sweaters and a “Mom perm.” When her husband (Matt Walsh) decides he wants a divorce, Deanna decides to go back to school to get the degree she never quite finished. This is a fairly broad premise, complete with frat parties, sorority hazing, and hookups… and of course it has to be the same college her daughter attends. But McCarthy makes a real effort to come to things from a very human place. She’s relatable, and reflects a
Gabrielle Union’s thriller “Breaking In” was close behind, opening with $615,000 at 2,150 sites in previews that began on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The “Life of the Party” preview number is similar to the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy “Snatched,” which took in $650,000 on Thursday night and went on to gross $19.5 million in its opening weekend on the same frame a year ago. “Life of the Party,” released by Warner Bros.’ New Line division, is a PG-13 title that’s aimed at getting mothers and daughters to attend during the Mothers Day weekend
The two new entries are expected to finish well behind Disney-Marvel’s powerhouse “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is forecast to earn at least $50 million in its third weekend. As of Wednesday, “Infinity War” has made $479 million domestically and $772 million internationally,
We open on a familiar scene: Parents dropping their daughter off for the first day of college of her senior year.
McCarthy plays Deanna, a newly divorced housewife who enrolls at Decatur University to study archaeology. Right from the starting gate, the comedian feels harnessed by a plot that asks us to pity this woman because her jerk husband (Veep's Matt Walsh
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When her husband, Dan, tells Deanna that he wants a divorce, she’s blindsided. But she quickly — like, super super unrealistically quickly — bounces back and decides that the time is right for her to finally go back to university and finish her archeology degree. She had dropped out when she got pregnant with her daughter, Maddie, and hey, why not go right back to the very school where Maddie is now a senior herself?
It’s become all too apparent that of the two directors who have worked with McCarthy the most since her “Bridesmaids” breakthrough — that film’s director, Paul Feig (“The Heat,” “Spy,” “Ghostbusters”) and McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone (“Tammy,” “The Boss,” and now “Life of the Party”) — it’s Feig who recognizes her strengths, who understands how to let her elevate material and bounce off the people and situations around her. (That usually starts with a halfway decent script.) Falcone, on the other hand, clearly adores his wife, but thinks just turning on the camera is all his genius, wind-up spouse needs.
What that means for “Life of the Party” is, it doesn’t matter that the McCarthy at the beginning of the movie and the McCarthy at the end feel like two of at least seven different versions of housewife-turned-student Deanna Myles in this undercooked story. Whatever “Life of the Party” needs its star to be, it gives us — frumpy, hot, weird, normal, kind, mean, humiliated, heroic, limber, uncoordinated, sexy, unsexy — in the desperate hope that you’ll latch on to some nugget of McCarthy-patented brazenness and you’ll laugh, as if story and cohesion meant nothing.
Watch Video: Melissa McCarthy Heads Back to College in 'Life of the Party' Trailer
To reference a college staple, this is McCarthy as everything punch, and as deliriously on as she can be. But the lingering effect is, “What exactly was that?” And not in a good way.
When we meet Deanna, she’s a half-permed, half-blow-dried, bespectacled, appliqué-sweatered mom holding back tears at saying goodbye to her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon, TNT’s “Animal Kingdom”) as she and impatient hubby Dan (Matt Walsh) drop their kid off at college. Deanna’s proud-ma vibe is quickly extinguished, however, by Dan’s asking for a divorce (he’s been having an affair) mere seconds after the car doors have closed.
After commiserating with her parents (Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver) and her best friend (Maya Rudolph), Deanna decides to finish what she cut short when she first got pregnant 18 years prior: getting her college degree at the same university where her daughter is now. Maddie is naturally sympathetic to her mom’s second-chance spirit, yet also mildly horrified, especially when, upon re-enrolling, Deanna gloms on to her sorority pals — a sweet oddball (Jessie Ennis, “Better Call Saul”), a shy beauty (Adria Arjona, “Emerald City”), and a twentysomething (Gillian Jacobs) returning to school after being in a coma for eight years — with well-intentioned, if awkwardly intrusive maternal zest.
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This would seem to be a suitably layered, conflict-ready dynamic for a mother and daughter, but it’s hardly explored as such, nor is any sense of what real college life is like; Deanna is presented as a responsible tornado of aw-shucks positivity instantly accepted by all the youngsters, save a pair of snarling mean girls (Debby Ryan, Yani Simone) whose status as foils for comeuppance is woefully transparent, and better suited to disposable high-school sitcoms than a movie supposedly about higher education.
The ins and outs of learning isn’t this movie’s focus, however: social flowering is, so we get the requisite makeover, the alcohol-fueled losing of inhibitions, the sorority initiation (McCarthy’s response to getting paddled is her funniest bit), and even a hook-up with a handsome frat boy (Luke Benward) that turns into a steady fling. The fast friendships and acceptance have the strange effect of neutering a late attempt to wring comedic tension out of Deanna’s ex quickly getting re-hitched to his snarling, well-heeled squeeze (Julie Bowen).
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Then again, much of “Life of the Party,” as cobbled-together by screenwriters Falcone and McCarthy, is a series of scenes intended to breed studio-comedy familiarity rather than honest character development: there’s the ’80s-themed dance party, the scarfed-down chocolate discovered (oops!) to contain marijuana, a classic McCarthy physical meltdown nervously delivering an oral midterm, and a money-raising final Greek blowout with a surprise-not-surprise appearance by a major recording star, message-y anthem at the ready.
Sure, comedy pros like Rudolph, Walsh, Bowen and Jacobs do their best to grab yuks in McCarthy’s towering shadow. But “Life of the Party,” and Falcone’s barely-there, beat-erratic direction, already makes it seem as if we’re in a greatest-hits stage of McCarthy’s career, when the reality is that a more comically nuanced, thoughtfully-structured, detail-rich movie about a middle-aged mom turning a gut-punch into a new lease on life could have been a killer showcase for McCarthy the soulfully hilarious actor.
Remember how she made every moment in “Bridesmaids” into a wild and richly dimensional portrait of proud outsider-dom? But also how she turned “Spy” into an unexpectedly shaded story of my-time-is-now, leading-lady heroism? McCarthy is the life of any party she stars in, but something’s wrong when she’s working overtime, with the seams showing, to hide how little else there is to enjoy.
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For anyone who's ever seen Bridesmaids, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone don't just make an adorable couple; they also make an incredible comedy team. No matter what strange situations their characters get into - like shamelessly seducing each other on an airplane, for instance - the couple's chemistry always shines through on screen. Of course, it's something else entirely when you witness it firsthand.
In fact, when I visited the set of their upcoming film, Life of the Party, it was one of the first things I noticed. As McCarthy filmed an intense breakup scene with Veep's Matt Walsh, who plays her soon-to-be ex-husband, her real-life husband was there to lighten the mood after every take. Only, Falcone wasn't merely her on-set cheerleader - in addition to championing his wife's career on a personal level, he also directed Life of the Party.
Disney and Marvel’s powerhouse will easily top the North American box office for the third weekend in a row, eyeing a range from $50 million to $60 million. As of Tuesday, “Infinity War” has made $472 million domestically and $754.9 million internationally. The film has earned $1.2 billion globally to date, becoming the 14th biggest worldwide release of all time. That’s not including the massive boost “Infinity War” will see this weekend when it bows in China.
Though studios are still cautious to open new films in “Infinity War’s” hulking path, two titles look to launch with double digits.
The first is Melissa McCarthy’s “Life of the Party,” which is raging toward a debut between $18 million and $21 million from 3,600 locations. McCarthy plays a mother who joins her daughter (Molly Gordon) in college after getting divorced. Ben Falcone directed the New Line and Warner Bros. comedy,
We’ve got good news for you, though, because this week is not one of those weeks. All-new episodes of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” are airing all five nights from May 7 to May 11.
Below you’ll find all the details about Colbert’s lineup of guests for the week.
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Monday, May 7 — guests are Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory” and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, with a musical performance by Lake Street Dive.
Tuesday, May 8 — guests are actors Michael B. Jordan and Matt Walsh, with a stand-up comedy performance by Heather Pasternak.
Wednesday, May 9 — guests are co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King and Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Thursday, May 10 — guests are Annette Bening, Wyatt Cenac and Daniel Boulud.
Friday, May 11 — Mayim Bialik from “The Big Bang Theory,” along with what CBS describes as a “special appearance” by Melissa McCarthy and a musical performance by Leon Bridges.
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“The Late Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. Est and Pst right after your local news in most places, and is followed by “The Late Late Show with James Corden” immediately after.
Colbert has one of the few late night shows that airs new episodes five nights a week, with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as the only other one. “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “The Late Late Show” each only air new episodes from Monday through Thursday, with a rerun airing on Friday nights.
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However, speaking to Yahoo at CinemaCon where he was promoting his new movie A Simple Favor [watch the trailer here], director Paul Feig has revealed that he and the cast are still open to returning for Ghostbusters 2 should the opportunity arise:
“We would love [to make another movie], it’s really up to the studio. We had so much fun making that movie. The movie’s just really built an audience in the two years since it’s been out. I get contacted every day by people who are such fans of it, and so many women who are inspired by seeing women in science. I will go to my grave so proud of that movie,
The comedy stars Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, with Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver.
When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) 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.
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Indie film darling Deschanel earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actress in 2012 after “New Girl” debuted in the fall of 2011. Greenfield’s scene-stealing performance as Schmidt made him a breakout star and earned him a Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy bid. Deschanel lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her first of what would become six consecutive victories for “Veep.” And Greenfield was unable to stop the “Modern Family” stranglehold on the Comedy Supporting Actor category with that show’s standout Eric Stonestreet winning for the second time.
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Life Of The Party In theaters on May 11
Stars Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, with Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver.
When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) 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,
In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at trailers for Sundance darling ‘Blindspotting‘, the Sci-fi film ‘Anon‘ and a new Michael C. Hall series ‘Safe‘. Plus, we have new trailers for the new Melissa McCarthy comedy ‘Life of the Party‘ and ‘Detroiters‘ Season 2. Let the binge begin!
Blindspotting will debut in select cities July 20th, and also stars Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Wayne Knight.
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