Life of the Party Scene

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Melissa McCarthy takes the spotlight with a breakdown from a scene from her new comedy Life of the Party. Plus, the film’s director Ben Falcone gives the Anatomy of a Scene featuring the comedian in fantastic 1980s garb, and McCarthy stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a new edition of Public Access from her hometown. Read More »

Movies to Watch with Life of the Party

Melissa McCarthy goes back to school this weekend in Life of the Party, which fits squarely into the McCarthy comedy mold that has made her approximately a quadrillion dollars. A genre she’s made her own, becoming one of the few genuinely new movie stars in an era where the intellectual property is the star. A genre that’s best described as crassly heartfelt.

It may be formulaic, but it’s also weirdly subversive, if only because there aren’t many movies in the grand ol’ college party flick tradition that focus on women. At least not many where the leading ladies aren’t hiding in their sorority house from a masked slasher or fighting Seth Rogen.

Also, Revenge of the Nerds is super creepy, y’all. So here are 6 movies to pair with McCarthy’s new vehicle for telling jokes about her vagoogle.

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Life of the Party Review

Over the last decade, Melissa McCarthy has helped boost a handful of comedies with her fierce comic charm and timing. Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, and the Ghostbusters remake (which wasn’t perfect, but was still pretty damn funny) all were elevated by her ability to play someone who’s wild and outlandish while managing to feel slightly rooted in reality. Her immense talent in these films makes it all the more puzzling that the three films she’s co-written and produced, including the new comedy Life of the Party, are so scattershot. Life of the Party has a familiar, straightforward premise, but is hampered by dull jokes and a poor sense of pacing.

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life of the party trailer

Melissa McCarthy is pursuing a higher education. And if that means getting high in the process, so be it. The actress makes her third collaboration with husband and director Ben Falcone in the Life of the Party trailer, which follows a freshly divorced mom who decides to reinvigorate her life by heading back to college.

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Life of the Party Trailer - Melissa McCarthy

We haven’t seen Melissa McCarthy on the big screen since the Ghostbusters reboot arrived in theaters in the summer of 2016. But now she’s back with a new summer comedy that will take her back to school.

Life of the Party finds Melissa McCarthy playing a housewife named Deanna who just got dumped by her husband. Realizing that she never followed through on her dreams of completing college, she decides to enroll in the same university as her daughter and live the college life she never got a chance to enjoy in her younger years. But as the first Life of the Party trailer shows, that creates a bit of an embarrassing situation for Deanna’s daughter. Read More »