173 user 118 critic

Life of the Party (2018)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 May 2018 (USA)
2:45 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.


Ben Falcone
648 ( 41)
2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

I Feel Pretty (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Directors: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski
Blockers (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

Director: Kay Cannon
Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz
Book Club I (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Director: Bill Holderman
Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen
Overboard I (2018)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.

Director: Rob Greenberg
Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria
Ocean's Eight (2018)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
Tag I (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director: Jeff Tomsic
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

Director: Susanna Fogel
Stars: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi
The Boss (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage
Game Night I (2018)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Tammy (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
Love, Simon (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti
Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel
Adrift I (2018)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas


Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Deanna
Matt Walsh ... Dan
Molly Gordon ... Maddie
Ben Falcone ... Uber Driver
Jacki Weaver ... Sandy
Stephen Root ... Mike
Maya Rudolph ... Christine
Steve Falcone Steve Falcone ... Older Man #1 / Vince
Michael D. McCarthy Michael D. McCarthy ... Older Man #2 / Dennis
Chris Cavalier ... Eugene
Gillian Jacobs ... Helen
Adria Arjona ... Amanda
Jessie Ennis ... Debbie
Flynn Falcone ... Guidance Counselor
Julie Coile Julie Coile ... Bookstore Cashier


When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna 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. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Give Life The Old College Try See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material, drug content and partying | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Facebook | See more »





Release Date:

11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life of the Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,886,075, 13 May 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,656,061, 8 August 2018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Matt Walsh and Jessie Ennis also both appeared on the series Veep (2012). See more »


Throughout the film all of the characters are working on their undergraduate degrees; however, in the graduation scene, all of them are wearing hoods on their gowns. Hoods are only awarded for graduate-level degrees. Their hoods appear to be for a master's degree. See more »


References Dynasty (1981) See more »


Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Written by Robert Hazard
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Even with Melissa McCarthy and the cast trying, Life of the Party feels like a blander and more boing Back to School
18 May 2018 | by RforFilmSee all my reviews

You know what is funny? Children going into the adult world and not knowing what to do. You know what's also funny? Adults returning to a youthful place and seeing that they're not hip. Many college movies don't show this, but there are always a fair amount of older adults that have returned to school. I think theirs an image that if someone has to return to school or even start later in life, then their a failure. A long with being completely untrue, Returning to school can actually give you a better understanding where things are economically and reinforce the notion that we never stop learning.

Having said that, when you have to go to school at the same time your children ...and maybe attend the same one, that too opens up the comedy gates. In fact, Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield is an underrated comedy that understands the awkwardness of a father/son team up and of how Dangerfield's eccentric behavior made him popular rather then an outcast. That's what's beautiful about college movies; they can be unpredictable and thus open all kinds of possibilities. So with the idea of Life of the Party doing something similar, you'd hope for something funny, right?

Homemaker mom Deanna Miles (Played by Melissa McCarthy) is sending off her daughter Maddie (played by Molly Gordon) for her senior year in school. Just as their leaving, Deanna's husband Dan asks for a divorce. This also leads her into losing her home and forcing her to stay at her parents place. Sensing that she needs a bigger change and a new direction, she decides to return to college as she gave up her last year to raise her daughter. Her decision to go back to her alma mater, which is also Maddie's school, isn't her daughter's favorite choice, but supports her mother to let it slide.

Deanna studies away to get her degree in Archeology, while also being reintroduced to the world of college, which includes frat parties, hookups in the library and dealing with an odd roommate. After she's given a makeover from her daughter, Deanna starts to become more popular on campus. This goes as far as getting her enducted into her daughters sorority. Deanna seems to have a lot of goals in mind including helping everyone, becoming a teacher, and spiting her ex husband.

While Back to School took advantage of Rodney Dangerfield's character and set a clear goal, Life of the Party seems to be lacking a clear goal and a relatable character. Melissa McCarthy is a talented woman, but she is someone who benefits from good direction and a good script. Director Ben Falcone seems to be focused on the mother/daughter aspect, which can work, but not only takes the predictable route, but doesn't create much contrast between them. Again, comedy only works when you can make some good contrast. You can't have both be the straight woman. Why couldn't her daughter be more of a satire on Millennials or why not let Melissa McCarthy be more on a living-in-the-past mom?

I'll admit that I did laugh at a couple of jokes: mainly the ones involving her daughter's sorority sisters. Many of these young woman all have good timing and know how to play off of each other. I think I would have preferred to get a movie around them. Melessia McCarthy is trying, but seems to be in her own movie. I can't say that it's really bad, but it's just very bland and a repeat of college tropes. Plus, it runs too long without much of a plot other then graduating.

I'll give this four college dorm dry eraser boards out of ten. Like a lot of bad comedies that focuses on the same clichés, this is another autopilot movie. It may have fans whose never seen these kinds of movies, but Back to School is a way better version of this story. Life of the Party makes me want to attend someone else's party.

31 of 51 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 173 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed