Title: Girl Most Likely Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 43m
“Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright who is forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother after both her career and relationship hit the skids. Adding further insult to injury, there’s a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother’s bed. Through it all, Imogene eventually realises that, as part of her rebuilding process, she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she’s ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.”
2:16 - Sometimes precocious kids are funny. 7:12 - “You said our souls were bound, I told people you said that!” 9:20 - Tricky being on those amazing playwriter lists but not actually writing plays. 13:59 - Only a writer could be happy with praise for their suicide note. 17:59 - Those are not the last words you want to hear before you black out. 22:47 - I guess there is someone in the world called George Bouche. 25:00 - The crabbiest place on earth. Brilliant tagline. 25:57 - I want a sheet fort! 32:43 - Her sole directions are that it’s in the non-fiction section? More specifics please! 37:22 - “It’s how they do it in the CIA.” 40:00 - She has Friends t-shirt! I need one of those! 43:56 - He made himself a shell, and it has wifi. That’s forward thinking. 53:45 - I knew that swingset was going to break and it still made me jump. Genius. 56:58 - Yay! American Pie lady. Love her. 59:38 - Argh! He’s singing the Backstreet Boys. I would marry him on the spot. 1:07:40 - “Don’t read people’s stuff in the wall, it’s in the wall.” 1:16:18 - Carrying a shell around is actually a really good idea. 1:26:03 - I love that the guy just sat outside in the car that whole time. 1:34:52 - Actual Julia Stiles!
There were two things that intrigued us about this film, firstly that Trudie Styler was a producer, and secondly that Kristen Wiig is kinda awesome. We snapped up a rental and set about watching.
It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I’d expected your more traditional rom-com style story, but this was unusual and quirky, with fun dialogue and fascinating characters. It got a bit too weird and times, and bizarrely predictable despite being weird.
Overall, it was a feel-good story, though, and I really liked it.