Girl Most Likely
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Bob Balaban
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
Run Time: 103 mins
Opens July 19th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
As a child, Imogene was a precious one, questioning everything around her, never satisfied with the status quo. As she grew up and flowered into woman hood, that self righteousness blinded her to becoming a shadow of her former self. Ignoring the signs a round her, Imogene (Kristen Wiig) within a week went from having a cute Dutch boyfriend, a great Manhattan apartment, a decent job in publishing and an influential circle of friends to absolutely nothing. Desperate to regain what she lost in her relationship, she stages a "suicide attempt", ends up botching the whole thing and ends up in a hospital psych ward. With no one left in her life to turn her over to, the psychiatrist calls Imogene's estranged mother, Zelda (Annette Bening) to be her caretaker for 72 hours. Imogene freaks out when she sees her mother, refusing to go with her, which results in her being heavily medicated, waking up in the backseat of a Camero parked in a casino parking garage.
To say that Imogene resents her mother would be putting it mildly and the resentment further grows as she enters her childhood home. Zelda's new boyfriend, alias name "George/ The Bouche "(Matt Dillon) claims to be a time traveling samurai who is a government agent, her younger brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald) raises and sells crabs down at the boardwalk and there is a young guy named Lee (Darren Criss) shacked up in her old room. Every reason that drove her to leave her life before is stronger than ever until her mom drops a bombshell on Imogene and her brother. Their father who has been dead since she was 9, is actually alive and well, living in New York City.
Reeling from all the recent revelations in her life, Imogene struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. She believed that once she finds her father that he will help her rebuild, and everything will go back to normal. What she finds may not be all what it's crack up to be.
More of an extension of her character in “Bridesmaids” Kristen Wiig is in dangerous territory of the dreaded “T” word, Typecast. Much like Annie in the aforementioned film, Imogene is the sad, middle aged woman that can’t seem to catch a break, but in this film, she’s not as funny; She’s just sad. The snarky, snobbish Manhattan attitude comes crashing down to Earth when it get’s real in Jersey, which was an interesting comparison on the city vs. suburbs mindsets of the neighboring states. The May/ December dynamic between Wiig and Darren Criss was a little strange at first, but as the film proceeded, was adorable to watch. The impression I took away is that Wiig can pull of this type of character, but the way the age of Imogene’s character was written, Wiig is slightly too old for the part. Overall, the cast of crazy characters were great, as well as the journey Imogene partakes on throughout the film; its just zany enough to be likable and not annoying. Check out “Girl Most Likely” when it opens in limited release starting Friday July 19, 2013.