Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Life of the Party (2018 film)

Life of the Party is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, the third film Falcone has directed that the pair co-wrote following Tammy (2014) and The Boss (2016). The film, starring McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Debby Ryan, Adria Arjona, Jessie Ennis, Stephen Root, and Jacki Weaver, follows a newly divorced mother who returns to college to complete her degree, but she ends up bonding with her daughter's friends.

Life of the Party
Life of the Party.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Falcone
Produced by
Written by
  • Ben Falcone
  • Melissa McCarthy
Music by Fil Eisler
Cinematography Julio Macat
Edited by Brian Olds
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $38.6 million[3]

Produced by On the Day Productions and New Line Cinema, the film was released May 11, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics, who called it "a frustratingly middling comedy that never really figures out what to do with all that talent and fails to produce consistent laughs."[4]



After Deanna Miles gets a divorce from her husband Dan and decides to go back to college, she ends up in her daughter's class who's not comfortable with the idea. Deanna, soon known as Dee-Rock, plunges headlong into the campus experience and embraces freedom, fun, and the frat boys on her own terms and finds her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.


  • Melissa McCarthy as Deanna "Dee Rock" Miles
  • Molly Gordon as Maddie Miles, Dan and Deanna’s daughter
  • Gillian Jacobs as Helen, a sorority sister who is older than the rest due to being in a coma for eight years.
  • Maya Rudolph as Christine Davenport, Deanna’s neurotic best friend
  • Adria Arjona as Amanda, a sorority sister with "issues"
  • Jessie Ennis as Debbie, another sorority sister with "issues"
  • Debby Ryan as Jennifer, a “mean girl” in Deanna's Archeology class
  • Matt Walsh as Daniel "Dan" Miles, Deanna’s ex-husband, Maddie’s father
  • Julie Bowen as Marcie Strong, a real estate agent, Deanna’s nemesis and Dan's lover
  • Jacki Weaver as Sandy, Deanna’s mother and Maddie’s grandmother
  • Stephen Root as Mike, Deanna’s father and Maddie’s grandfather
  • Luke Benward as Jack Strong, a frat boy infatuated with Deanna
  • Jimmy O. Yang as Tyler, Maddie's boyfriend and Jack’s friend
  • Yani Smone as Trina, Jennifer's snarky sidekick
  • Shannon Purser as Connie
  • Chris Parnell as Mr. Truzack, Deanna's professor and Maddie’s teacher
  • Damon Jones as Frank Davenport, Christine's husband
  • Heidi Gardner as Leonor, Deanna's reclusive Goth roommate
  • Christina Aguilera as herself
  • Ben Falcone as Uber Driver
  • Nat Faxon as Lance
  • Sarah Baker as Gildred
  • Kevin Gutierrez as Water Bottle Student


Filming began in August 2016 in the metro Atlanta area. The sorority house used in the film is The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast ( located in Covington, GA. The interior of the mansion was replicated in a warehouse in Decatur, GA for the interior scenes and the exterior scenes were filmed on location at the inn.


Life of the Party was released on May 11, 2018.[5] The first official trailer for the film was released on February 5, 2018.[6]


Box officeEdit

As of May 22, 2018, Life of the Party has grossed $32.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $5.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $38.6 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, Life of the Party was released alongside Breaking In, and was projected to gross $18–21 million from 3,656 theaters in its opening weekend.[7] It made $4.9 million on its first day, including $700,000 from Thursday night previews, down from the $985,000 McCarthy's The Boss grosses in March 2016 but similar to the $650,000 made by Snatched on the same weekend the previous year.[2] It went on to debut to $17.9 million, the lowest solo-starring opening of McCarthy's career, but still finished second behind Avengers: Infinity War ($62 million in its third week); 80% of its audience was over the age of 25, while 70% was female.[8] It fell 57% in its second weekend to $7.6 million, finishing fourth at the box office.[9]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 39% based on 115 reviews, and an average rating of 5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Life of the Party's good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren't enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, higher than the "C+" earned by McCarthy and Falcone's previous two films.[8]

Matt Zoller Seitz of gave the film two out of four stars, calling it "the latest Melissa McCarthy star vehicle that fails to do justice to the sheer awesomeness of its leading lady."[12]


  1. ^ "LIFE OF THE PARTY". British Board of Film Classification.  Retrieved February 5, 2018
  2. ^ a b Mendelson, Scott (May 11, 2018). "Thursday Box Office: McCarthy's 'Life Of The Party' Nabs $700K, Union's 'Breaking In' Earns $615K". Forbes. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Life of the Party (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ Giles, Jeff (May 10, 2018). "Life of the Party Crashes". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (July 15, 2016). "Melissa McCarthy's 'Life of the Party' Coming to Theaters in 2018". Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "'Life Of The Party' Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Goes Back To School In College Comedy". Deadline. February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 9, 2018). "'Infinity War' Will Take Spoils In Third Weekend, But Can Melissa McCarthy Be The 'Life Of The Party' At B.O.?". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Busch, Anita; D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 13, 2018). "'Infinity War' Second-Fastest To Half Billion; 'Life Of The Party' No Pizzazz With $18M+". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 20, 2018). "'Deadpool 2' Swinging In As Second-Best Opening For R-Rated Pic With $125M". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Life of the Party (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Life of the Party Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  12. ^ Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Life of the Party Movie Review (2018) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved May 11, 2018. 

External linksEdit