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Girl Most Likely

Girl Most Likely
Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Brian Petsos, Darren Criss and Christopher Fitzgerald

Rated: PG-13  for sexual content and language.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: July 19, 2013 Released by: Lions Gate Films

An unsteady dramedy set partially in Manhattan that has Kristen Wiig can be viewed as an amusing quirky farce, but ultimately it's too hackneyed and contrived when it comes to looking at a woman dealing with what has brought on self-loathing having seen her socially struggle to stick with her city slicker chums.

The erstwhile Imogene, now Girl Most Likely also features Annette Bening and Matt Dillon and would perhaps boast a manageable premise for Wiig's promising playwright who has hit a roadblock personally and professionally impelling her to return to her Jersey Girl roots. It also involves tracking down a presumed deceased dad.

A failed attempt to end it all to be noticed by a boyfriend (Brian Petsos) has the courts remanding Imogene, endowed a certain amount of fearlessness by Wiig that only goes so far, to her very casual, gambling-loving mother Zelda (Bening) whose beau George (Dillon) who considers himself quite the CIA operative. There's also a lodger in Lee (Darren Criss of the small-screen and big-screen Glee) who's renting her old room. Also, the idiosyncratic clan includes a chance to catch up with an inventing brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald). Finally, an aforementioned revelation really shakes up Imogene's milieu that should've made for a more interesting arc.

Yet, American Splendor helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini really struggle with the underwhelming scripting by Michelle Morgan. Not that it doesn't have some zany touches like near the high point or with Ralph's exoskeleton, there's no sprit to really connect the uproarious to the alluring that reflects more overexertion than careful calibrated whimsy. Wiig's way with the character does have a fair amount of offhanded integrity to it, especially opposite Criss, whose Lee Imogene gravitates toward.

 Bening and Dillon offer a little color to the proceedings as does Fitzgerald, but oddball, far-fetched nature of their characters casts a shrill cloud over the overall independent minded enterprise earning a modicum of enthusiasm. Despite the efforts of Wiig (who, of course, has been busy after Bridesmaids) who just may be out of her element even with a bit of a trashy edge there's too much that has "Girl" mostly likely bereft of outrageous, intriguing fun.

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