Melissa McCarthy is certainly not afraid to put herself out there. Especially when it comes to her comedies that her director husband Ben Falcone helms.
But in Life of the Party, we get to see something more grounded and refreshing, a newly divorced mother who makes a comeback by joining her daughter (Molly Gordon) in college. Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for the film, and you can check it out below.
I haven’t been that much of a fan of the previous McCarthy and Falcone collaborations, but Life of the Party seems to be genuinely funny. Those previous attempts had McCarthy playing some very out-of-this-world characters, none of which the audience could relate to. But in this latest film, we get to see a newly divorced mother reliving the moments that she lost as she was both a wife and a mother.
Of course, there are going to be moments where you will probably regret a few things. This is college after all. If that means sleeping with a frat boy and making the walk of shame or just simply embarrassing your daughter in front of her rivals. If anything, we are going to get another mother-daughter bonding movie where they learn a lot more about each other throughout the film. It may be a tired old trope, but if it works well, why not just keep it going.
Here is the official synopsis:
When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to collegeâ€¦landing in the same class and school as her daughter, whoâ€™s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deannaâ€”now Dee Rockâ€”embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.
The film also stars Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Stephen Root, and Jacki Weaver.
Life of the Party opens in theaters on May 11, 2018.