Melissa McCarthy Goes Back to College in Life of the Party Trailer

Poster for New Line Cinema's "Life of the Party" starring Melissa McCarthy.

Melissa McCarthy fans rejoice, as the comedic actress is back with another offering this year (they are on a schedule now it seems), the back-to-school comedy Life of the Party.

It's nearly embarrassing, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the trailer was An Extremely Goofy Movie.

The previous times that Melissa McCarthy has worked with her husband, writer/director Ben Falcone, we were given the disappointing comedies The Boss and Tammy. Whether it will be successful, however, is an entirely different story, and I got to say that the little we see doesn't give me much to go on. If anything, this looks like a movie that you could enjoy with your mom, which is probably why it's coming out on Mother's Day.

After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, McCarthy's character, Deanna, decides to follow her daughter, Maddie (Molly Gordon), to college.

Life of the Party sees McCarthy as Deanna, a woman looking to rebound from the apparently unexpected end of her marriage by returning to college to get the degree she never quite finished before starting a family. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna-now going by Dee Rock-embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected. (And the notion of McCarthy = female Rodney totally makes sense, the more you think about it.) And the supporting cast includes Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Jacki Weaver, Chris Parnell, Matt Walsh, Sarah Baker, Stephen Root, and Christina Aguilera as herself.

  • Marlene Weaver