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Girl Most Likely

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Click for Larger ImageKristen Wiig has made quite a name for herself on television, delighting audiences with her unique brand of comedy. She's now expanding her talents to include motion pictures. Screenwriter Michelle Morgan has tailored the script to Wiig’s unique delivery and acting chops.

Imogene (Wiig) is a young woman who has a talent for writing. She grew up in a humble home on the Jersey Shore with mom Zelda (Annette Bening). Imogene's background is extremely humble, but the literary scene in New York is more tempting, and she wholeheartedly makes efforts to join it. She has had some minor success and feels she has what it takes to become a good writer.

She has one problem, how- ever, that does not speed her career along. Her confidence is shot and she struggles with her lack of ambition. Wiig can make depression look funny as well as sad. She does that in scenes that make us laugh at her predicament and then get tears worrying over her failures. And there are times we want to smack her upside the noggin’ and say the classic Cher line, “Snap out of it!”

Someone you do not want to smack is Bening as Wiig’s modern mother. Her every appearance on screen is a light beam of joy and talent personified. Bening has been nominated for an Oscar® and should have a dozen of them on her mantle.

As Imogene's mother, she's addicted to gambling and playing the field with much younger men. Matt Dillon shows up in her bed as George, and it's apparent he's her current “boytoy.” Imogene is not exactly surprised, but she doeskin approve of mom acting like a teen-ager.

Lots of laughs here with Dillon; who usually plays a dim bulb. This reviewer has always liked Dillon and feels he deserves bigger and more comedy parts in the future.

Glee star Darren Criss adds some youth to the film as Lee. He's renting Imogene's old bedroom at the beach cottage. He brings some maleness to the household; a commodity sorely needed in Imogene's disintegrating life. In order to take advantage of Criss’ musical abilities, Lee works at a dive nightclub in town. With every song he sings and dance he performs, Criss lights up the screen and may have to take Gene Kelly's place in the movies! He's that good.

The film is a breath of fresh ocean air in this summer of blockbusters. It may not be the funniest or the cleverest comedy this year, but it is a welcome look at a family that may have more, and funnier, problems than us.

Reel Facts

Girl Most Likely

Studio: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions

Gazette Grade: B 

MPAA: “PG-13”
for sexual content and language

Who Should Go:
older teens


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