Kristen 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.