MONG Melissa McCarthy’s gifts is her ability to do sharp-edged comedy without being cruel (her Sean Spicer impression on Saturday Night Live) and to be endearing when she plays underestimated women who reveal surprising facets ( Spy), but her most magical quality may be the way she can lure moviegoers to mediocre comedies, even Tammy and The Boss.
That’s the magic she’ll have to work on the bland Life of the Party, in which she plays Deanna, who returns to school alongside her college senior daughter. The film is a cream puff about a motherdaughter relationship, masquerading as a raucous return-to-campus comedy, most of it predictable.
Deanna wears a pink sweatshirt emblazoned with “Proud Mom” when she and her husband, Dan (Matt Walsh), drop their daughter off for senior year. They aren’t out of the sorority house driveway before Dan tells Deanna he is ditching her for another woman. McCarthy’s shocked, A scene from