Rated: R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language and brief drug use. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: May 1, 2015 Released by: Millennium Entertainment
Perhaps a stretched-out Welcome To Me starring Kristen Wiig (How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Skeleton Twins) seems like a new age spin on wacky cult cinema like UHF which starred "Weird Al" Yankovich, Victoria Jackson, as well as recognizable faces like Billy Barty and Fran Drescher.
Wiig's Alice Klieg is a larger-than-life character whose life is insouciantly morphed (now off her meds from Borderline Personality Disorder) with an unlikely arbitrary windfall which leads her onto the small-screen as a host with Oprah-like aspirations.
Early on, the efforts of scripter Eliot Laurence and helmer Shira Piven help to establish what is one of Wiig's more unadorned, gritty turns through the outré Alice making the uproarious subversive aura around her ways to showcase her ideas on a variety of topics on her new kooky show. One of a half dozen producers, who include Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, a willingly unorthodox Wiig is balanced (or kept in check at times) with diverse backup from the talents of Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, James Marsden, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Perhaps the set-up isn't quite sagaciously realized with the outrageous verve that Wiig strives to uphold throughout, especially when sentimentality becomes more prevalent making Me cinematically less viscous while oddly galvanizing in dark allegorical fashion. Nonetheless, in fits and starts Piven gets a pretty daring, even unexpected performance from the 'Saturday Night Live' alum that provides a "Welcome" of subdued interest which, in contrast to her breakthrough turn in the more mainstream and less modestly-budgeted and influential Bridesmaids.
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