She has a lot to live up to. And a few things to live down.
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini‘s GIRL MOST LIKELY features a woman who has hit rock bottom, endures a number of defeats and few triumphs in order to get back on top again. The miss in all this is that we have three separate plots that conflict with another during different points during the film. Wigg as “Imogene,” as the emotionally dejected and failed career woman whom audiences may have a hard time relating due to forced comedic moments and dry sympathetic attempts to appeal to viewers. Thank goodness there are other less superficial characters to chaperone us through one tantrum or another.
Imogene (Kristen Wiig) was once promising playwright who is now experiencing a couple of unfortunate events: dumped by her boyfriend Peter (Brian Petsos) and fired from her job. After a faked suicide attempt, she went to live home with her mother Zelda (Annette Bening) in New Jersey. There she reconnects with three interesting characters–her shy inventor brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald), tenant Lee (Darren Criss), and a “government agent” named George Bousche (Matt Dillon). To make a long story short–in a short time, she must learn to love her family, discover the truth about herself realizing her full potential.
All told the “Imogene” character is not all that interesting. Her template: a woman who came from a family with modest means who rises to the pinnacle of high society life only to be chewed up and spit out. Her personality is an unfortunate “turn off.” Wigg’s “Imogene” is just not an interesting character. The personalities surrounding her proved to be more exciting–a mother who is in love with gambling, a brother who indulges himself in odd hobbies, a man who claims to be a secret agent, and a predictable love interest in Lee (Criss). Ralph’s human shell invention creates some funny situations along with George’s wild tales and advice. The side characters and residents of Ocean Town are the true standout stars.
On the plus side, the cinematography beautifully captures shots of New York City and Ocean Town. Could have been better.
Girl Most Likely (2013) special features include:
• Gag Reel
• The “Making Most Likely” Featurette
• “Life in the Human Shell” Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
Girl Most Likely presents in widescreen presentation courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment with an ULTRAVIOLET code for digital streaming. The gag reel shows the fun the cast members had on set during filming. Life in the Human Shell shows footage of someone trying out the human shell invention seen in the film for use in everyday situations. Making Most Likely reveals how writer/executive producer Michelle Morgan used her personal situation of having to move back in with her mother to focus on her writing career inspired her to create Girl Most Likely. Other crew members tell of how they could personally relate to the film and speak on the characters, their situations, and the cast involvement. There are only three deleted scenes and they wouldn’t have added anything to the final edit of the film.
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