I don’t really remember why I chose to watch Girl Most Likely. I think it was one of those mid week times when I just felt the week was going SO slow and work was ridiculously stupid and I needed a break and a good laugh. I don’t think I read a lot of reviews on this one and if I did, I probably wasn’t outstandingly good or bad. So either way, maybe it was my faith in Kristen Wiig or my wanting to check out Darren Criss in a non-Glee scenario. Whatever the reason, I watched this comedy. Let’s check it out!
Director: Shari Spring Berman, Robert Pulcini
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss
Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is a failed New York playwright who decides that when her boyfriend leaves her that she was going to stage a suicide, except her suicide note was so convincing that the hospital psychiatrist sends her to her only family left, her gambling mother (Annette Bening) living in New Jersey, to be supervised and to make room for more urgent patients. She gets back “home” since a long time and reunites with her younger brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald) and also realizes that her mom now has a strange boyfriend called George “The Bousche” (Matt Dillon) who makes some wild claims about who he is, while she also realizes that her mother also rented out her old bedroom to Lee (Darren Criss), a guy who studied in arts and music. Despite having to embrace the humiliating move back home, she starts to learn a little more about herself, where she wants to go and accept her family for who they are as well as where she comes from.
I really don’t know what to say about Girl Most Likely. Girl Most Likely is not a very entertaining movie at least for the most part I didn’t actually laugh a lot for watching a comedy but it wasn’t so stupid that I turned it off also. Comedy is a hard genre to grasp because its so hard to determine what makes people laugh. The best way I can describe how I feel about this one was that I didn’t really care. There were parts that I like and then some that I know probably was supposed to make me laugh but didn’t. Kristen Wiig plays a great awkward adult role. She’s just simply great at it. I mean, just look at Bridesmaids, right? She was pretty great in that. I think for Girl Most Likely, it had to do with the layout of the story that didn’t work for me and maybe character design more than the actors. It felt like something was missing to life it above what it turned out to be.
For one, lets start with Kristen Wiig. I think she did a great job in acting out Imogene. The only deal was Imogene was at times, pretty annoying. She was like that girl who had something, failed and didn’t know how to pick herself up again and just lost it after that. Its the women that embody all the needy and crazy and just can’t be alone but thinks she has everything in control when she doesn’t. Wait, that sounds a bit like me. Maybe a fraction, either way, the way they did it was a bit irritating. Still, between wanting to just slap Imogene and wake her up (maybe that was the intention), there were moments that I started rooting for her but thats because her character grew (kind of). Why kind of? Her character was somewhat sporadic in the weird not totally making sense way. I still hold that Kristen Wiig did the best she could to pull this together.
My second reason for seeing this was Darren Criss. I’m over Glee like I haven’t seen the last 2 seasons or something. I’ve always felt that Darren Criss would be the most likely to have some form of success in acting or whatnot. I like him the most in the show and I was pretty happy to see that he got a role outside of it. Although they still give him some parts of singing and musical talents, its a different vibe to see him in the whole make out scenes and kind of girl magnets. To me, it added some life to this flick and I really liked his character.
Annette Bening played as Kristen Wiig’s mom and she was really not such a pleasant person but at the same time, among all her faults, at times, she did bring some funny-ish moments. Same goes for Matt Dillon, who did one of the most awkward characters ever but somehow, I don’t really know if I was able to laugh at his humor.
On a side note, I think the most lovable character goes to Christopher Fitzgerald who plays Ralph. He was pretty bit socially awkward or deficient if anything but he was the enlightening person in a pretty funny and cute way. It packed in a few surprises here and there.
OVERALL, everyone brings there game in this one but this comedy lacks humor that works for me (maybe it might work for you). I may have gotten a few chuckles and giggles but nothing like laughing out loud or anything. It also seems to rush to wrap up this story and give everyone a sudden jump to all have something different and tries to pop in some surprises. Although, I didn’t laugh a lot and it really lacked something to make it anything worthwhile to revisit, the reason I did finish was that Kristen Wiig does try to work with this pretty irritating and self-absorbed character who kind of stole my heart for a split second in hopes that this movie will turn around. I guess my problem with it is that its a comedy that doesn’t really make me laugh so that makes this not so good anymore.
Have you seen Girl Most Likely? Did this movie work for you? What do you think about Kristen Wiig?
12 thoughts on “Girl Most Likely (2013)”
Good review Kim. The cast was fine and all, but they are working with some really thin-material here and it’s disappointing.
Totally agree! I’m still trying to work out how I sat through the whole thing..haha! Thanks! 🙂
A comedy that doesn’t make you laugh… hmm, I think I’ll skip this one. 😀
Yeah! Weird, eh? 😉 Apparently, finding a good comedy is really hard…
Great review, Kim. I totally agree. This movie isn’t good – it’s not funny. It’s not dramatic. It’s not well written. It’s not.
No matter the quality of the performances (and I too think they’re all solid).
Its not much. Haha! Well, sometimes these things just happen. I’m going through a streak of those movies so I’m hoping for something good to come up soon…
Have you ever seen Casablanca?
No *blush* I’m behind with classics..really behind…haha!
Well. If you want to see a superior quality romantic movie, instead of bad ones like Girl Most Likely, that might be the place to start. 🙂
I love romance I’ll give Casablanca a shot 🙂
I wondered about this one. Seemed very “meh.” It’s a shame because I do really like Kristen Wiig. Nice review, Kim!
Kristen Wiig is pretty impressive but its really not her fault that this movie falls short. The script had its issues….