Paul McGuire Grimes, author of Paul’s Trip to the Movies, chatted with the stars of Life of the Party. He gives us his review and whether or not he thinks you should see it. Then he has a recommendation for you to stream this weekend.
LIFE OF THE PARTY (theatrical release)
In Life of the Party, Melissa McCarthy plays Deanna who is heartbroken to say goodbye to her daughter Maddie who’s entering her freshman year of college. She and her husband will now be empty nesters, except he pulls a fast one on her as they leave the school ground. He announces in the car that he wants a divorce as he’s now fallen in love with their realtor. Deanna is now blindsided and at a loss of what she’s doing in life without her daughter or husband around. After pursuing old photo albums, she makes the bold decision to go back to school to finish her archeology degree. Deanna picks her old alma mater that just happens to be the same campus that Maddie goes to leading to some awkward mother/daughter moments. Deanna has a bit too much cheerful school spirit for her daughter. Maddie reluctantly comes to terms with having her mom around, and she and her girlfriends give Deanna a much-needed makeover to fit in and start this new chapter of her life.
-Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Maya Rudolph, Molly Gordon, Heidi Gardner
-This is the third collaboration for McCarthy and her husband/director Ben Falcone following 2014’s Tammy and 2016’s The Boss. I’d rank this film as the best of the three.
-Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy play best friends onscreen and their off-screen chemistry easily transfers onscreen. It’s a delight to see them play off each other when neither of them has to rely on caricature acting like we’ve seen on SNL. A few of their scenes together had me laughing so hard I missed half their dialogue.
-This isn’t the R-rated raunchy type we’ve seen from McCarthy before. She gets to utilize her physical comedy skills while still making Deanna a redeeming character that you want to root for as she embarks on this new journey.
-It has that sorority/fraternity movie vibe like Neighbors but without the raunchy and gross-out humor.
-Endearing and sweet mother/daughter story in time for Mother’s Day where they can each rely on and learn from each other as they work their way through starting college and dealing with divorce.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Life of the Party should be another big hit for McCarthy.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
GILMORE GIRLS (streaming pick)
-Throwback streaming pick this week in honor of Mother’s Day and Melissa McCarthy
-Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Milo Ventimiglia, and Liza Weil who all continued great success after the original show ran.
-The first seven seasons ran from 2000-2007 and was revived for Netflix in 2016 for a four-part mini-series called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” Every episode is now streaming on Netflix.
-The characters of Lorelei and Rory Gilmore represent some of the best mother/daughter relationships on television. Lorelei was a single mother raising a well-behaved, studious teenage daughter. They were best friends, telling each other their secrets and inner feelings but as Rory got older their relationship had their struggles as Rory became more defiant of her mother.
-Series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Dan Palladino. They wrote unique characters all living in a cheery small town, had witty banter, and became known for its fast dialogue and sharp pop culture references. Their new show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
-One of those shows that I have watched multiple times and will always stop and watch if I’m flipping channels on cable. It’s comfort feel-good television.