GIRL MOST LIKELY
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Much in the same vein as “Orange County”, where a writer embraces his wacky family and finds true inspiration, “Girl Most Likely” handles the same subject matter. Imogene (Kristen Wiig), a former playwright, is living the stylish life as a debutant in New York City, on the brink of marriage with a Dutchman. But when he leaves her with nothing, her desperate attempt to get him back lands her in the hospital, where her flighty mother, played humorously by Annette Bening, is called in to take her home and watch her. Imogene is taken home to face her mom’s new boyfriend, George (Matt Dillon), a new house guest (Darren Criss), and the fact that her father isn’t dead. Kristen Wiig plays this role, like most of her roles, with a deadpan style that causes for many laughs. But this doesn’t change the fact that most of the jokes fall flat or reach a little too “out there” to be funny.
Also, having seen the trailer for this, almost the entire film is contained in the trailer, which, as you hit the different moments in the film, you realize you’ve seen almost everything worth a damn in the two-and-a-half-minute trailer. The overall arc of the film falls familiarly flat as well, beginning and ending without much of a climax or development, but remaining calm and stagnant most of the run-time. Eventually, Imogene finds the inspiration she needs in the people around her, but even this feels slightly unwarranted and maladjusted. Without a seasoned cast, this film would have been completely worthless, but with some life breathed into the characters, it was able to somewhat save itself. The star of the show, for me, was Christopher Fitzgerald as Imogene’s simple brother, Ralph. His relationship with Imogene and his out-there ideas, along with some secrets, causes for my favorite portions of the film. In the end, “Girl Most Likely” never quite finds its footing, and although it may be a positive showing for Kristen Wiig, who delivers nicely, the film as a whole just never takes off.
July 19, 2013
Shari Springer Berman
(for sexual content and language)
June Diane Raphael