The drama-comedy, "Girl Most Likely," delivered plenty of laughs but ultimately proved to be a slightly more confusing version of "Bridesmaids."
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, "Girl Most Likely" tells the story of a failed playwright who is forced to move back in with her mother after faking a suicide attempt to get attention from an ex-boyfriend. Its plot poses a humorous story, but its leading lady seems to have fallen short of original content while comedy took center stage, bringing the film full circle and making the expensive ticket somewhat worth it.
Kristin Wiig, as we all know, is a funny woman. Her blank stares and sarcastic remarks are humorous in any situation, so it makes sense for Wiig to play the role of Imogene, the heartbroken, friendless and unemployed woman from New Jersey. It's apparent that her Saturday Night Live roots and "Bridesmaids" role contributed to the humor behind her character, but it seems that Wiig fell guilty for a crime many actors and actresses find themselves in.
Wiig's Imogene seems to be a brunette version of the famous Annie from "Bridesmaids." Of course this was an entertaining role for Wiig to play, since "Bridesmaids" was a huge success, but the repetition left the audience craving more substance from the character since they had already seen her before.
This film gives the audience a good amount of generational humor, with the use of a random (younger) love interest for Wiig. Humorous comments about out dated clothes and appearances from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and The Backstreet Boys add to the comedic side of story, relating the humor to the generation that grew up hearing about the celebrities of that day.
Once the audience under- stands that "Girl Most Likely" is only partly a comedy, it is left up to their imagination to figure out the real meaning and depth of the film.
From the beginning, it is obvious that the screenplay will more than likely end in a predictable fashion. Since Imogene's friends are no good, the audience's direction is pointed towards her family.
The troublesome mother- daughter relationship is begging to be fixed by the end of Imogene's journey to find true happiness, although, this again mirrors that of "Bridesmaids." And a confusing dead-father-is- actually-alive plot twist, which could have potentially given life to the so-far dull story, only wasted screen time by failing to develop any relationships between the characters.
There were many attempts to tug on the heartstrings of the audience, bringing forward the drama element in the film's classification. The one tactic that melted the viewer's hearts was the use of a mentally disabled brother, Ralph, played by Christopher Fitzgerald.
Because of his extreme interest in crustaceans, Ralph invents a human shell. A per- son can use this shell to hide in when in the presence of danger, and it ends up saving the lives of the entire family.
Even though the shell being the hero of the film is some- what cheesy, it is completely acceptable, given this invention is genius and incredibly thoughtful of Ralph.
The cinematography of "Girl Most Likely" was crafted to fit the storyline and gave some directed attention to Wiig's otherwise uninteresting character. There were many different camera angles throughout, including a first person perspective for the first scene of the film, providing for a captivating start.
The overall mood of "Girl Most Likely" is comically sad with a happy ending, providing for a wave of emotions through- out the hour and 43 minute film. The story lacked depth but is a suitable replacement if "Bridesmaids" is out of stock.