WHO’S IN IT?
Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Annette Bening (American Beauty), Matt Dillon (There’s Something About Mary), Darren Criss (Glee), Christopher Fitzgerald (Boiler Room), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie), June Diane Raphael (Going The Distance), Michelle Hurd (Random Hearts), Nathan Corddry (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor), co-director; Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), co-director, editor; Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere), writer; Mark Amin (Filth), Alix Madigan (Winter’s Bone), Celine Rattray (Filth) and Trudie Styler (Snatch), producers; Rob Simonsen (The Way Way Back), composer; Steve Yedlin (Looper), cinematographer
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Imogene (Wiig) is a failed playwright who, after staging a failed suicide attempt in the midst of a nervous breakdown, is forced to leave her New York lifestyle and move back in with her eccentric mother (Bening) in her New Jersey home. There, she must deal with her mother’s strange boyfriend (Dillon) and a young musician that’s lodging in her bedroom, while also coming to terms with her age and failed career path…
WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
After busting our bellies laughing in Bridesmaids, Wiig promises another exceptionally entertaining performance as she once more tackles the rom-com genre and takes on the persona of yet another single and socially awkward offbeat woman dealing with life after the failure of her career. The essence of the film is Wiig’s character, Imogene, finding her place in the world through her eccentric, abnormal family portrayed by a whole host of actors both familiar and unfamiliar.
Concerning the entertainment value, it is ultimately the ensemble of actors and character types that provide the friction to make the comical sparks in this film- a similar technique used in Berman and Pulcini’s multiple-award-winning awkward biographical comedy-drama American Splendor. Girl Most Likely is the result of placing a quirky up-town protagonist in denial of her mid-life crisis is put in a box with an estranged gambling addict mother, her bizarre CIA agent boyfriend and a backstreet boy support act singer and shaking it up.
Each role is executed accordingly, but there is one upcoming A-lister to watch: Darren Criss, currently a cultural sensation with teens for his role as Blaine Anderson in the American hit comedy-musical Glee, showcases his range of acting abilities in his role of Lee, the cute love interest and lodger.
America saw the release of this film earlier this year and, with that, received various negative reviews. Clearly, this type of film is not a chef-d’oeuvre of cinema, but it is not trying to be defined as one. Also, even though the film industry is admittedly not in shortage of romantic comedies, if you’re looking to kick back and relax this week, you definitely should not let this fun gem of a film be overlooked as another generic, fluff-filled listing at your local cinema.
WHEN’S IT OUT?
FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2013
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RYLIE TROTT is an exceptional film fanatic, determined to make sure you are aware of the best things coming your way to a cinema near you. On her blog page, entitled The Life of Rylie, she not only submits her own “Ryviews” of movies but also offers interesting analytical insights into music videos, the film industry, past films and her own, exciting life! Currently beginning her first year at the University of Kent, Rylie is well on her way to becoming a brilliant writer always with enough wit and intelligent to last her a lifetime! Check out her blog here!