Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Girl Most Likely

"Girl Most Likely" isn't anywhere near as bad as its 15% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest.
It's not good, exactly, but there are enough unexpected laughs and witty visuals that some audience members of the distaff persuasion will regard it as a guilty pleasure.

Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a once-promising playwright who hasn't written anything of value in years. As the movie opens, her "Dutch boyfriend" dumps her, her landlord evicts her, and when she accidentally-on-purpose OD's on painkillers, her estranged mother (Annette Bening) assumes her care. Mom still lives in Ocean City with her self-labeled CIA-agent boyfriend (Matt Dillon), Imogene's sweet and slow-witted brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald), and Lee (Darren Criss), the cute young singer-dancer to whom she's rented out Imogene's room.

The movie's a scattershot of comic hits and misses. Wiig mines some laughs out of Imogene's a-new-rock-bottom-every-day predicaments, but she must take care to avoid many more parts this whiny and mopey; there's limited demand for them. Bening fully commits to Zelda, who's always put her own adult needs above her children's. Fitzgerald does a nice job of bringing humanity to the role of Ralph, and Criss is a minor revelation: highly appealing, even sexy, and capable of filling the big screen. (His "Superstars of the 90's" casino lounge act, including a fully choreographed Backstreet Boys number, gets one of the biggest laughs in the movie.) Dillon, on the other hand, spins his wheels with George, a character of unrealized potential; and a subplot involving Bob Balaban as Imogene's and Ralph's father (whom Zelda told them had died) goes nowhere, at great length.

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