Girl Most Likely, a Jersey-vs.-Manhattan Comedy
Less funny than her worst SNL sketch, Girl Most Likely strands Kristen Wiig in a dreadful, disingenuous city-vs.-suburbs comedy that mercilessly mocks New Jersey before turning around and celebrating its provincial trashiness over the hoity-toity snootiness of Manhattan.
Fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, once-promising playwright Imogene (Wiig) fakes a suicide attempt that lands her in the care of her casino-loving Ocean City mom (Annette Bening).
There, stuck living with her simpleton brother (Christopher Fitzgerald), Ralph, and her mother’s new beau (Matt Dillon)—who claims to be a CIA agent and time-travelling samurai—Imogene rants about her hometown before learning that her long-gone dad is actually alive, thus sparking a quest for reunion.
Girl Most Likely was directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; written by Michelle Morgan; and stars Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Chriss and Christopher Fitzgerald. Rated PG-13.
Wiig’s riffing falls flat, and her character’s journey of self-discovery, which also involves falling for a convenient hunk (Darren Criss), is composed of desperate gags, be it a round of drunken barroom dancing or Ralph donning a homemade, bullet-proof, human-size crab shell. It’s a humorless, regressive ode to staying true to your roots, even if that means eschewing bigger, brighter horizons, replete with a recurring retro gag that—alongside last month’s This Is the End—confirms that, at least as ironic punch lines, the Backstreet Boys really are back.
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