Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she's forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald). Adding further insult to injury, there's a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom (Darren Criss) and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother's bed (Matt Dillon). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she's ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.Written by
It is hard to put a finger on why this film does not work. I'm an enormous fan of Kristen Wiig and happy to watch her in most anything. I also love genre romantic and family relationship comedy. Beyond my personal positive biases, this film has a lot going for it, including the directorial team responsible for the delightful "American Splendor", the great Annette Bening, and reliable performers like Matt Dillon and Bob Balaban. There were little flashes of pleasure, mostly intertextual in nature - like seeing Blaine from "Glee" (Darren Criss) in a boy band tribute performance, and Nicky from "OITNB" (Natasha Lyonne) as a glitter artist / cupcake stall proprietor - but, overall, the film felt flat and hollow. It was not possible to develop any feeling of warmth or sympathy for the main players. And, without an emotional core, a lightweight relationship comedy like "Girl Most Likely" is an empty shell, and a little sad: like an abandoned hermit crab's home.
Unlike "Bridesmaids" or even her supporting role in "Adventureland", Wiig and the rest of the ensemble never really click, and the result is just kind of disappointing.
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