Life of the Party:
Billed as a Dark Comedy and co-starring a number of talented names like Patton Oswalt, Keegan Michael-Key, Denis Leary, etc... you have a pretty firm idea that this is going to be worth a watch. The plot, of an alien invasion starting riots between the peaceful Zombie, Human, and Vampire communities, is really just a catalyst for these funny people to get in some laughs. And for the most part, this is absolutely correct. The three young talents (Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, and Josh Fadem) who are really the forefront of the picture have a great chemistry and drive the story quite handedly. Additionally the editing used to show different parts of the story at different times, and then realign the viewer when it all comes back together again, is exceptionally well done. Additionally, the make-up work and practical effects for the deaths were top notch.
I can only assume he's able to be in the sun because of his increased melanin count. Black vampires are really the superior vampire.
While the main characters drive the picture perfectly fine... the downside is that largely they are not the funny people here. And we spend most of our time with them. It's not that they aren't funny from time to time, but the lion share of the jokes just aren't theirs. The parts you'll be really laughing at are either going to be silly sight gags, or delivered by the older and more seasoned talent. Patton Oswalt's brief time on screen does a great job of doing exactly what he does - nerdy pop-culture reference humor, Keegan Michael-Key probably has the funniest scenes in the whole picture, Denis Leary as always is the perfect asshole you can laugh at, and Ian Roberts essentially has his own hilarious side arch running through the picture. You may ask, "Biggs... why are you listing about all the funny things in a comedy in the Potential Hangovers?" Well, because while it's great they're there... They're sparsely separated by more mediocre jokes.
One last thing, Vanessa Hudgens. What the hell? Her role in the picture, I can only assume, is try to get viewers. She's attractive, no doubt, and her tits are basically asking to fall out every moment she's on screen. This is fantastic in terms of pure sexual appeal, but she serves virtually 0 real point to the plot (at least not that couldn't have been handled by better incorporating Mackenzie's character from the beginning), isn't in the film for more than maybe 20 minutes, and doesn't deliver any real good lines during her limited time there!
This is why we need dash cams. For their protection and ours.
Atmosphere: Casual Gathering
Fact is, there are enough funny moments that this is worth a watch. You won't be quoting lines from this the rest of your life like The Jerk or Airplane, but it's a well made low budget dark comedy with funny people in it. But those REALLY good moments are spread out enough it's ok to have some people in the room cracking jokes or generally distracting you. Maybe you and your friends are arguing over who would really win in a Zombie, Human, Alien, Vampire all out brawl... excellent! You'll have nice chunks of time between the really quality moments to really work up that nerd-rage!
+ Good Editing
+ Great comedic talent
+ Good make-up
+ Solid plot despite it's absurdity (or because of?)
- The real talent is in the cameos
- Drink every time someone gets tackled, or grabbed, by someone off camera.
- Drink for every streotype you see.
- Drink for every jump cut
- Finish your drink every time the story catches back up to something it's already shown you.
HARDCORE MODE: Drink every time a human, vampire, or zombie dies.