Kristen Wiig tries something a little different
Loves: Comics getting serious
Likes: Annette Bening, Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss
Dislikes: Quirky for quirky's sake
Hates: Bad parents
Though it's a bit serious at points and tackles some poignant subject matter, Girl Most Likely is a comedy in the end, perhaps a bit of a dramedy. After all, Imogene's family is a band of weirdos played for laughs, including her compulsive-gambling mother Zelda (Annette Bening), her manchild brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald) and Zelda's bizarre boyfriend (Matt Dillon) named George Bousche (get it?). But things don't start off so funny, as following a flashback to her childhood and an increasingly depressing first-person walk in her shoes, Imogene's high-society boyfriend Peter dumps her, and her big-city friend Dara (June Diane Raphael) dumps her back in her hometown of Ocean City, New Jersey, in the care of a mother who can barely take care of her own mess. Having escaped the boardwalk of the Garden State for the big city, only to flame out on a big opportunity to become a playwright, she's not too fond of the idea of returning home.
That may sound like the elements of a bad movie, but that's really just because the film, written by actress Michelle Morgan, has too much stuffing to it. There are some very funny moments sprinkled throughout, and the performances, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), are uniformly excellent, with Wiig providing her usual odd energy and affecting charm, Bening showing again why she's such an underrated actress and Dillon making his somewhat superfluous role into a big part of the film's entertainment quotient. Fitzgerald is a lot of fun as Ralph, coming off as a combination of Eugene Mirman and Chris O'Dowd, while Glee star Darren Criss is perfect as a boarder at Zelda's house, a potential love interest for Imogene and a wonderful faux Backstreet Boy. Raphael, quickly coming into her own as a burgeoning comedy star, has the unenviable job of being mean to Wiig while still getting laughs, and she handles both sides of the role well.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is relatively simple, befitting the film's focus on dialogue, The voices are mainly in the center channel, with the surrounds getting some work from the film's fun soundtrack, featuring songs from Blondie, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and America, with some minor atmospheric effects as well. Everything is clean and legible, but don't expect much from the low-end, or in terms of dynamic mixing.
An odd featurette, "Life in the Human Shell" (3:!4) follows, which follows "Ralph" in his shell as the wanders around, interacting with people. Since we never see his face, it's pretty obvious it's not Fitzgerald, but it fits the film's off-beat sense of humor.
The biggest extra is "Making Most Likely", which checks in at 8:44, with interviews with the writer, directors and the producers, though none of the actors are present as they talk about the making of the film. Be warned, this featurette reveals basically the entire plot of the film as it progresses.
The extras wrap with a trio of deleted scenes (2:39), two of which are rather pointless, while the other is actually pretty funny, and could have been in the movie if it wasn't already so long. There's also a code for a digital copy of the film.
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