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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

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