Have you ever noticed that people use the word “quirky” as a catchall term for any little, Indie-esque comedy? “Quirky” nicely sums up “Girl Most Likely,” Kristin Wiig’s follow up to last year’s smash hit, “Bridesmaids.”
The film opens with Imogene (Wiig’s character) as a child playing Dorothy in an elementary school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” When required to say “There’s no place like home,” the child protests, asking why anyone who has been to Oz would want to return to Kansas.
Flash forward to the very damaged, grown up Imogene, once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled, thanks to a crisis of confidence. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her society boyfriend, Imogene uses her drama skills to stage an elaborate fake suicide as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she’s put into the custody of Zelda, her estranged gambling addict mother (gleefully played by Annette Bening), and must return home with her to Kansas… err… I mean the Jersey shore. Desperate to get back to her Manhattan circle of so-called friends, Imogene must finally deal with her family, including her unique crustacean-loving brother, Ralph (the wonderfully odd, Christopher Fitzgerald), Zelda’s new boyfriend “The Bousche” (Matt Dillon), plus a cute young lodger (Glee’s Darren Criss – making a nice leap to the big screen), who together help Imogene sort out her place in the world.
The strong ensemble elevates “Girl,” led by the comedically fearless Wiig, but special notice should be given to Christopher Fitzgerald – who up until now was primarily a (2 time Tony Award® nominee) Broadway musical star. (Note to Disney: you should really cast this guy in “Into the Woods”).
Though the “Girl Most Likely” is unlikely to win any awards, it’s a nice little “quirky” comedy tucked in amidst the noisy summer blockbusters.
The Bottom Line: “Girl” makes for a nice summer evening out, but will also be fine to get from Netflix or to watch on pay cable in a few months.
Rated: PG-13, Run Time: 103 minutes