dinsdag 15 juli 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 82: Girl Most Likely

Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 103 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald

Description: Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is 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, 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).

Review: Poor Imogene. The heroine of the American comedy “Girl Most Likely” has a lot to deal with. after being dumped by her boyfriend and getting fired from her job, Imogene doesn’t see a silver lining anymore. At least not the way things are going now. So she decides to pretend committing suicide, so her ex-boyfriend comes crawling back. The plan doesn’t work and she is forced to move in with her eccentric mother. Poor Imogene.
The comedy is likeable because the characters aren’t taken too seriously. Imogene is a bit of a loser, brother Ralph is still a little kid inside, their mother wants to gamble away everything she has and mom’s boyfriend George works for the CIA, although Imogene doubts that. Does this bring us anything good? Some jokes are lame, but most of them succeed pretty well. And they are all so quirky. The story isn’t topnotch, but the acting is on a very high level. Especially Kristen Wiig excels.
“Girl Most Likely” is a film which is balanced by the positives and negatives. What keeps it on the good side is the fact it doesn’t give in to sentimentality and clich├ęs. A light comedy, with a quirky side.

Rating: 3/ 5

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