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A Second Chance at College and Being LIFE OF THE PARTY

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Jeri Jacquin

The hilarious minds of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are at it again along with Warner Bros. for another chance at being LIFE OF THE PARTY.

Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) and husband Dan (Matt Walsh) are dropping off daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) for her final year at college. Excited about their upcoming trip to Italy, Deanna is thrown a curve pizza when Dan announces 50 feet from the dorm steps that he wants a divorce.

She is thrown to learn that he has been having a fling with a real estate agent named Marci (Julie Bowen). Going to her own parents, Sandi (Jackie Weaver) and Mike (Stephen Root), they argue sandwiches and not finishing college. That’s when Deanna makes a decision that needs one other persons input – daughter Maddie.

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Deanna announces that she is going back to school to finish the last year and get her degree in archeology. Maddie is happy but uneasy about sharing the college life with her mother. Thrilled for her is bestie Christine (Maya Rudolph) and Maddie’s friends Amanda (Adria Arjona), Debbie (Jessie Ennis) and Helen (Gillian Jacobs).

Moving into the dorm, roommate Leonor (Heidi Gardner) is a little Goth and a little sunshine deprived. Immediately, Maddie and the girls decide that Deanna needs to experience a college party. After a quick change of appearance she meets Jack (Luke Benward) and wakes to the morning walk of shame.

Quickly Deanna gets into the groove of studying, being part of the girls’ lives and occasionally meeting up with Jack. Keeping Christine informed of her antics, she learns that ex-hubby Dan is already making plans to get remarried. Leave it to the girls to make sure that she doesn’t spend that day alone but after a few party favors they take their act on the reception road.

That sets into motion the news that Deanna doesn’t have the money to finish college. Of course needing a reason to have a party in college isn’t a required but this might be the exception!

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McCarthy as Deanna is sweet, charming, motherly and a tad embarrassing but don’t let that fool you when it comes to being protective. She has her ways of making sure that no one changes who she wants to be so don’t let the curls fool you. McCarthy delivers comedy that is so relatable and, in fact, the character of Deanna is someone we all know. Well, maybe not the tacky sweaters but the situation of loving being a wife and mother until you realize one of those wasn’t real. McCarthy is a gal I’d love to hang out with. Plan to laugh at the movie – A LOT!

Rudolph as Christine is the best partner-in-crime to have and will take a body shot while still loving you. Living a tad vicariously through Deanna, Christine doesn’t have it so bad at home. I mean any husband who gets hot about his middle aged wife in ankle socks doesn’t have much to complain about in life. Rudolph is funny and another chick I’d love to hang out with.

Gordon as Maddie isn’t completely thrilled to discover Mom is going to share her final year of college. Once seeing her friends are on board with it, Maddie knows Mom isn’t trying to take anything from her. Jacobs as Helen is a big disturbing and completely hilarious. Ennis as Debbie and Arjona as Amanda completely love having Deanna around. Benward as Jack loves having Deanna around for completely different reasons!

Gardner as Leonor is completely misunderstood but takes a ninja-like liking to her dorm mate. Weaver as Mom Sandi just wants everyone to have a sandwich and Dad Mike just wants to shoot Dan – typical parents.

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Walsh as Dan is a dude who is literally being led around by his – ummm – earring. Bowen as Marci is a woman who demands control of every aspect of her life and her soon-to-be-husbands as well. Jones as Christine’s husband Frank goes along to get along!

Other cast includes Sarah Baker as Gildred, Nax Faxon as Lance, Shannon Purser as Connie, Chris Parnell as Mr. Truzack, Debbie Ryan as Jennifer, Jimmy O. Yang as Tyler, Leli Hernandez as Mia, Yani Simone as Trina, Damon Jones as Frank, Michele Jang as Linda, Chris Cavalier as Eugene, Christina Aguilera and Ben Falcone as the Uber Driver.

LIFE OF THE PARTY is completely hysterical, full of surprises and loaded with charm and oh so much fun. I would expect nothing less from McCarthy and Falcone who seem to just embrace the silliness of life. The cast is just perfect lending their own unique characters to a loaded film of funny. This film is perfect for the Mother’s Day weekend coming up because, well, we love our Mom’s.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate the day with a bunch of flowers, brunch and then off to the movies to spend quality time having a few giggles together. I have a sneaking suspicion I’m going to have to see the film again because there were times I was laughing so hard I missed a line or two. LIFE OF THE PARTY is a film I absolutely won’t mind seeing again and again.

In the end – give life the old college try!

MODERN FAMILY Brings Laughs and Love in Season 8 on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Now available on DVD is the Emmy Nominated zany family that has worked its way into America’s hearts as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment delivers a MODERN FAMILY.

The Dunphy family is still living the life in New York and everybody wants to stay a little longer. The same might not be said for the hot sauce business when family is involved. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is about to go ballistic when her sister takes things into her own hands.

Back home a new family moves into the neighborhood about the same time Jay (Ed O’Neill) is putting in security for the house. Worried that the new family might see his move as a bit racist, he takes his nervousness a bit too far. Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) have to rethink their open parenting a bit when Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) makes a comment towards a transgender boy.

Manny (Rico Rodriguez) is running for class president and Luke (Nolan Gould) is thinking about doing the same thing. Oh kids! Jay and Gloria are trying to help manner and make Claire (Julie Bowen) their manager and Haley (Sarah Hyland) is thinking now she wants her own company too.

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Trying to help Manny get into Julliard, Jay works with him to produce a video application to get the attention of the selection committee. Cam has a house guest that isn’t making either Mitchell or Lily happy but it’s Lily who is going to do something about it.

Halloween is here and the Dunphy family comes together to help Luke with his party bringing unexpected guest Rod Skyhook into the mix. With all the family madness Jay heads off to his favorite place, the country club, to unwind and take a minute. Finding out that Phil (Ty Burrell) wants to be a member isn’t setting too well with Jay. Claire thinks she is helping Alex (Ariel Winter) but it might not turn out that way.

The next family holiday is here as Thanksgiving brings Cameron his chance to do it up right. The first sign of trouble is when Haley announces she would rather spend the day with her boyfriend. All Jay can do is watch the family do what they do best – make him crazy. If running for the same office wasn’t enough, the winter dance brings Manny and Luke working together. Of course the parents are deciding their futures on the side as well.

Hearts and flowers are the order of the day but Claire thinks maybe a little magic is needed for her and Phil’s special day. Cupid is making his rounds as well when it becomes clear that Ben may have a tiny little crush on Claire!

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Phil is looking to invest in some property and Jay is his target partner. That’s the least of his worries when Jay discovers that Gloria has hired a new handyman who seems to be handier than Jay would like.

It’s getting closer to wedding and time for Frank’s bachelor party with Phil waiting to meet the new family member. If he isn’t busy enough he also volunteers to play basketball at a charity game with two NBA players who aren’t going to baby him.

Frank’s wedding may have a 1920’s theme but it seems Phil gets it wrong when asking Claire to era dress up for the occasion with crazy results. Added to that it seems the couple is going through empty nest syndrome.

All of that culminates to graduation day for Manny and Luke which means the entire family gets together to celebrate. Of course if you think everything goes beautifully then you obviously don’t know this particular MODERN FAMILY!

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Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara are hilarious together and it is mainly because as different as they may be, they are also absolutely perfect for one another. That means if these two can pull off a relationship then so can Claire and Phil, along with Mitch and Cameron. All of their relationships have their ups and downs yet these three couples remind us that it’s just one foot of love in front of the other to make it believable.

The kids are hilarious but at the same time fall in line with what kids all around me are up to. Of course some of their antics are exaggerated and I think some of it wouldn’t fly with parents I know but it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to watch. The relationships with the parents are at that point where the kids want to be older than they are and make grown up decisions. The parents seem to have other plans though.

Special appearances by Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Peyton Manning, Victor Garber, Charles Barkley, DeAndre Jordan

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

The MODERN FAMILY Season 8 DVD contains the Special Features of a hilarious and must-see Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.

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 Also included are the episodes A Tale of Three Cities, A Stereotypical Day, Blindsided, Weathering Heights, Halloween IV: Revenge of Rod Skyhook, Grab It, Thanksgiving Jamboree, The Alliance, Snow Ball, Ringmaster Keith, Sarge & Pea, Do You Believe in Magic, Do It Yourself, Heavy is the Head, Finding Fizbo, Basketball, Pig Moon Rising, Five Minutes, Frank’s Wedding, All Things Being Equal, Time Alone and The Graduates. That’s 472 minutes of family time!

MODERN FAMILY is a television show that has embraced the diversity and differences of families without forgetting that we all have craziness in our ranks. I love that the characters have relatibility about them because, honestly, I know someone like each one of the Dunphy’s in my own family.

Perhaps that is what brings us together to embrace this series. We do know these characters and we get to laugh, share and love their journey because it parallels our own. No one said life was easy but having family can make the difference between not having a family at all or adding MODERN FAMILY to our own. I’m thinking we just add the Dunphy’s to our own – happily!

The show continues to be a television favorite with their 10th season starting Wednesday this fall on ABC.

In the end – they may be modern but they are definitely a family!

Catch Up on DVD This Week with Televisions Favorite MODERN FAMILY: The Complete Seventh Season

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Jeri Jacquin

It is a perfect opportunity this week to catch up on a family that has made its way into our hearts as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd show us a MODERN FAMILY: The Complete Seventh Season.

Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) are stretching their honeymoon to its limits while the Dunphy’s are hating that summer is almost over. Alex (Ariel Winter) is finally home from his trip and trouble isn’t far behind.

Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara), along with Cam, are having issues with the football team Manny (Rico Rodriguez) is playing for but what’s more intriguing is that Manny decides to date a popular older girl. New neighbors are giving Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) the wrong kind of goose bumps but it doesn’t stop Phil from creating a Halloween of his own.

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Of course the family is going to all react as well with Shrek costumes and crazy holiday activities but Mitchell will be spending his time in closing arguments. When Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Andy start spending more time together, Phil begins to question it.

Gloria is busy trying to sway Manny to learn Spanish and hires the very handsome Diego to teach. But that will have to wait as Thanksgiving approaches and Phil once again takes over with Luke (Nolan Gould) assisting. Claire knows this can not be a good thing and makes sure no one’s Thanksgiving will be birdless! Mitch and Cameron are dealing with Lily’s (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) absolute no-go on dressing up for dinner.

Haley is finally turning 21 and she isn’t about to let that go without hitting a bar and Claire learns a motherly lesson. Lily sets the adult’s right when she asks Alex, Luke and Manny (her trio of sitters) where babies come from.

Claire was right about her neighbors when she discovers they have put a boat in their front yard. Phil isn’t about to let this go and calls his father to the rescue and Dad brings a few very special friends. That’s not all Claire has to deal with after a big fight with Haley, she is stuck at an airport and the family puts their business online.

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Jay’s birthday is high on the list of events and everyone goes into high gear with Phil and a grill but Gloria has to deal with Luke and Manny and the consequences of drinking. Cam’s bowling team needs another playing and Jay agrees to be a substitute, the problem is Cam didn’t exactly tell him about the league.

The finale puts the family on high alert as Phil is stuck in Seattle and Alex’s graduation is here! Andy has a big choice to make but Haley and Beth have their own issues. Cam and Mitchell are seriously dealing with a problem that could easily be settles with the truth!

O’Neill and Vergara are the craziest couple ever and I’m sure it could be said that Vergara is the reason for this. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are gems and O’Neill’s reactions are priceless. Come on – watching them find a preschool for Joe killed me!

Burrell and Bowen are hilarious as a couple who want to do what’s best for their kids. Bowen is finally getting a little time with daughter Haley and Dad does his best to do his part. Stonestreet and Ferguson continue to be the cutest couple ever. Dealing with the finances means one of them is going to have to bring out the big guns to get their life back on track.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

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This 3 DVD disc set contains all 22 episodes including: Summer Lovin, The Day Alex Left for College, The Closet Case, She Crazy, The Verdict, The More You Ignore Me, Phil’s Sexy Sexy House, Clean Out Your Junk Drawer, White Christmas, Playdates, Spread Your Wings, Clean for a Day, Thunk in the Trunk, The Storm, I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Cover-Up, Express Yourself, The Party, Man Shouldn’t Lie, Promposal, Crazy Train and Double Click.

Also the Special Features of: Growing Up Modern Family, Storming the Seat – The Making of an Episode, Gag Reel, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Extended Version of Think in the Trunk and Kids in the Spotlight are on this entertaining DVD collection.

MODERN FAMILY: The Complete Seventh Season is as close to my own family as television can get. Specifically we are a little twisted, have no problem telling it like it is, often fall over ourselves with good intentions, have kids who think we are nuts, have jobs that are testy which is why I believe the show is successful.

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The ensemble cast is responsible for bringing laughs and even a few awwwww’s – oh and over three hundred award nominations and over one hundred wins! Best Comedy Series a couple of times over gave them all well deserved Emmy’s.

It’s a fantastic time to catch up with the family as MODERN FAMILY begins its eighth season every Wednesday on ABC. Join the family!

In the end – they are one big straight, gay, multi-cultural and tradition happy family!

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