Atheists Go To The Movies – “The Party”

Let’s go to the movies, then grab some lunch and talk about it. We’ll be looking for atheist/religious themes or elements as we watch and noting how they might move the story forward.

The theater sells reserved seats only! I suggest you buy your ticket online a few days before. We try and sit on the first row after handicapped area, often row D. If you forget, don’t worry. The first show on Saturday is rarely busy.

This is a very short movie at 71 minutes. The start time cannot be announced here until the theater announces it a few days before the movie. Generally, we go to the first showing of the day or sometimes the second, but around 10-11 AM. We’ll choose from several restaurants in the Plaza such as Pier 76, California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle, Panera, and more.

Critical reception

The Party received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 93% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 40 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.2/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.”[8] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 73 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.[9] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, described the film as ‘observant and smart’ in his review.[10] The Party was awarded the Guild Film Prize at the Berlinale 2017.[11]