I did my best to steer away from moody and depressing this week. Hilarious? Eh…
I restricted myself to the Comedy category in my Netflix suggestions this week, since I felt I was in danger of falling into a rut of moody indie feely pieces.
This week’s choice, Girl Most Likely, looked like a promising selection. Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon. I was sold.
It was not quite what I was expecting.
Kristen Wiig plays Imogene, a playwright-turned-socialite whose boyfriend leaves her. She stages a suicide scene in hopes of winning him back (erm, ok) and writes such a convincing suicide note that she is turned over to the custody of her mother, who is as lovable as she is irresponsible and maddening.
Back at home in New Jersey, Imogene finds her mom shacked up with an “undercover agent” (Matt Dillon),and her old bedroom rented out to (of course) an adorable and good hearted Darren Criss (he was someone’s boyfriend on Glee, but I don’t recall who). He inexplicably falls for Imogene in all her denim-vest-recently-suicidal appeal.
The rest of the story focuses on Imogene and her eventual embracing of who she is at her core (she ends up writing a play of questionable quality), as well as finding her back from the dead father and a showdown with some underworld villain who comes for Matt Dillon.
It was not a “comedy” in the way I was expecting. It was heartwarming, silly and – admittedly – a little bit touchy-feely. I laughed out loud a couple of times.
I would say that you would definitely not be wasting your time if you watched this movie. Kristen Wiig is charming even if she is a little annoying, and the story is one that will keep your attention to the end. Not a bad use of two hours.
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