"Twenty-three years of marriage is down the tubes. What am I gonna do?"
Melissa McCarthy has a new wig and a new persona in Life of the Party, her latest collaboration with co-writer, director and real-life husband Ben Falcone. In the comedy, McCarthy plays Deanna, a middle-aged mom who, following a bitter divorce from her husband of two decades, decides to enroll in college -- the same college her daughter attends. "I don't regret staying at home and being your mom," Deanna explains in this exclusive trailer. "But I regret not getting my degree."
Deanna leaves behind a comfy suburban existence (and her racketball buddy, played by Maya Rudolph) for the co-ed life, seducing a frat guy, eating weed chocolate and taking on campus mean girls. "I don't know what's sadder, the mom perm or the mom boobs," Debby Ryan's character taunts Deanna during a rager, to which she responds, "These allowed this one to suckle at these teats for 28 months. I wear them around my waist proudly."
Here is the movie's official synopsis:
“When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college...landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna -- now Dee Rock -- embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.”