Friday, July 26, 2013

Movie Review: "Girl Most Likely" (2012)

Movie: "Girl Most Likely"
Director: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
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Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a woman wanted nothing more than to get out of Ocean City, NJ, her home. She moved to New York in an attempt to rub elbows with the upper echelon of writers and artists. Imogene loses her her job as a blurb writer at a magazine, her boyfriend, and her apartment all within a few days; she fakes a suicide attempt and is forced to move back in with her impulsive, gambler of a mother (Annette Bening), her mother's odd boyfriend who claims to be a time-traveling samurai/CIA-operative named George Bousche (Matt Dillon), and her developmentally challenged brother who is obsessed with mollusks, so she can be supervised. It has been years since she has been back home and avoided Ocean City at all costs; when she arrives, she finds her childhood room rented out to a singer/Backstreet Boy impersonator (Darren Criss), who is also trying to make ends meet after his post-Yale life. Imogene is forced to reevaluate her life, everyone in it, and what really makes her happy.

BigJ and I are not really the biggest Kristen Wiig fans; she was just fine on SNL and in "Bridesmaids," but something about her acting feels forced...or something. The character of Imogene is that same type of brooding, depressed over-achiever that she played in "Bridesmaids," but this movie was way funnier in our opinion. It's much less crass and much more quirky. Matt Dillon's character is a riot: you can't tell if he's joking or being completely honest. He constantly sounds like he's full of it, and yet manages to drop little nuggets of wisdom here and there which pertained to Imogene's situation.

It's not the most perfect plot we've ever seen, and it's a pretty common story at that, but it is a comedy that did make both of us laugh, which is the main goal of any comedy that moviegoers watch. A lot of critics lambaste this, and we guess we can see why, but we disagree that this movie is unfunny. If you like indie movies/comedies/Kristen Wiig, chances are you'll enjoy this one!

My Rating: 6.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 15%
Do we recommend the film: Sure, why not?


  1. We saw a commercial for this the other night and were both like "Gotta see that one!" LOL

    Was she in that roller derby one, whatever it was called...the one with the Juno girl? Did you see that one?


    1. I guess Kristen Wiig *IS* in "Whip It," but I have never seen it. Do you recommend it?

      I hope you get to see this looks like it's nearly out of our theater, and it practically just got there.