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Girl Most Likely

“There is a trick to playing downtrodden, borderline-pathetic characters without putting off the audience. Kristen Wiig has mastered it. She’s at it again in Girl Most Likely, playing, as she did in Bridesmaids, a seemingly happy woman whose life goes wrong.
“Wiig plays Imogene Duncan, who we first meet as a little girl complaining in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz” that she’s having trouble playing Dorothy because it’s ridiculous to think she’d want to go home to Kansas after spending time in the fabulous Oz. Next, Imogene is living in a posh New York apartment, with a boyfriend, and moving in a haughty social circle that doesn’t quite suit her.
“And then it all falls apart. Imogene fakes a suicide attempt that goes wrong and winds up in a hospital psychiatric ward. But it’s too crowded, so they release her to the custody of her mother (Annette Bening), who still lives in Imogene’s childhood home in Atlantic City, a kind of menagerie of weird people. The dysfunction in the family is florid, and she, as the ostensibly crazy one, is the most sane.
“Her plan is to get back to New York, get back into her social circle, win back her boyfriend, make everything right again. But really, that’s all just a framework for quirky set pieces. Naturally, circumstances wreck Imogene’s plans. Naturally, in this kind of film, they’re ultimately wrecked in a good way.
“Wiig’s reactions, awkward pauses and stumbles toward redemption are so enjoyable and directors Berman and Pulcini (American Splendor) bring a sweetness to the material that suits Wiig’s offbeat talents. We know we’re being played, but really, if we’re enjoying it, why complain?”- Arizona Republic

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