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Life of the Party (2005)

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A group of friends plan an intervention to help their pal address his drinking problem. Things go awry when the shrink they hired fails to show up.


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Cast overview:
Eion Bailey ... Michael Elgin
Ellen Pompeo ... Phoebe Elgin
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Kipp
John Ales ... Artie
Gabriel Olds ... Stuart
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Caroline (as Kristin Bauer)
Pamela Reed ... Evelyn
David Clennon ... Jack
John Ross Bowie ... Bert
Rosalind Chao ... Mei Lin
Larry Miller ... Dr. Trent


Michael Elgin may have been a master of the track back in high school, but now he's hit his thirties and his once-perfect form has devolved into a depressing drunken stumble. Life after high school just wasn't what he expected, and when his wife threatens to walk out while his career hangs by a thread Michael simply drinks away the pain. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rock bottom is just around the corner.


Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glory Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Glory Days Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Strange and bad
24 May 2018 | by ejamessnyderSee all my reviews

This movie starts out very slow and unengaging. I might have turned it off after fifteen minutes if not for the fact that I'd stuffed myself full of pizza delivery and was unable to move without causing myself extreme pain and discomfort. So I stuck it out.

One good thing about the film is that it's relatively short, under 90 minutes, although it couldn't end soon enough. Something I noticed was that the plotline seemed strangely paced, and I realized that it felt a lot like a French or even French-Canadian production. It had that kind of pacing, that kind of humor, and that kind of storyline. As a matter of fact, I get the feeling that if this had been filmed in Quebec and everything had been identical except for the actors being French-Canadian and speaking French, it would have been much better, or at least slightly better. The jokes would have been funnier for sure. I was actually a little surprised after I watched this to find out that it was not in fact a remake of a French-Canadian film, as I had predicted halfway through.

To be fair, the plot did recover somewhat and the ending wasn't as terrible as the start. But maybe that's just because I was glad for it to finally be over. I doubt I'll ever want to watch it again. If you want to watch it because it's got Ellen Pompeo listed above the title and you love Grey's Anatomy, don't get too excited. She's got a total of about five minutes of screen time. Seriously.

One good thing about the movie is the fact that the storyline is fairly unpredictable (especially if you go in knowing nothing about this film, not even having watched the trailer) while still being somewhat realistic and believable, even if it is boring at times. Much of the dialogue is uninteresting and sometimes stupid even, but there actually are a few fun scenes and even a good laugh or too. All that, especially the part about it being unpredictable and all, was what kept me from rating it a full star or two lower. But overall, it's a waste of time.

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