Girl Most Likely (3 stars)

Girl Most Likely

Funny but formulaic film starring Annette Bening and Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig

'There’s no place like home’ spits young Imogene as she snaps her ruby slippers together. She’s acting in a school production of The Wizard of Oz, a story she dismisses as ‘provincial’. Imogene’s big-city ambition might be evident from childhood, yet when we meet her as an adult (played by Kristen Wiig) it’s obvious things haven’t gone as planned. Girl Most Likely is a film about embracing who you really are, from directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and screenwriter Michelle Morgan.

When Imogene’s relationship and career crumble, a staged suicide attempt sees her returned to the care of her mother Zelda (Annette Bening), a woman with impulse control problems and a boyfriend (Matt Dillon) who claims to be a government agent.

Girl Most Likely is occasionally funny but it’s a more formulaic film than you might expect from former documentarians. Wiig and Bening don’t share enough screen-time and, while it invites comparisons to Bridesmaids, it fails to match that film for laughs or looseness. Like Imogene, Girl Most Likely is at its best when it embraces the crazy.

General release from Fri 27 Sep.

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Girl Most Likely

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shari Springer Berman/Robert Pulcini
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon
  • UK release: 27 September 2013

A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.