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'Girl Most Likely' was another stinker that I stumbled across on Netflix one night (I've streamed my fair share of those). I was dubious right away going into the movie, because the film description on Netflix states the conflict of our "admirable" heroine, Imogene (Kristen Wiig): an adult woman who FAKES A SUICIDE to get her ex's attention after he breaks up with her, and I... didn't really want to watch a movie about such a person. Still, I watched 'Girl Most Likely' anyway -- perhaps because Matt Dillon has a role, and (while I haven't cared for about 95% of his film choices since the late 1990's) I do like Dillon as an actor.

Well, Dillon's okay, I guess, in 'Girl Most Likely', although his role in the movie isn't even close to his best (I blame bad writing; his character is sort of ridiculous and rather pointless). Annette Bening also appears in the film, playing Wiig's "eccentric" mother in a predictably wacky and over-the-top performance. The only other cast member I'm really familiar with is Natasha Lyonne, who has a small role as the love interest of Imogene's brother (Lyonne didn't annoy in this role, but she didn't exactly blow me away, either).

Most of the movie belongs to Wiig and her character "Imogene." And I found it difficult if not impossible to like or even care much about Imogene. I suppose she could have been worse; I never quite felt the urge to put my fist through the screen. But (not surprisingly, given the film description) the character came across as whiny, cutesy, and self-oriented throughout most of the movie. Even as her character "grew", my opinion of Imogene did not. I just... didn't care anymore.

Imogene failed to win me over, and, thus, I didn't really like 'Girl Most Likely'.

(That said, I suppose the scenes with Imogene and brother, who I believe was supposed to have Asperger's Syndrome, were OKAY.)

'Girl Most Likely' was also yet another movie that put me to sleep -- although "fortunately" only for about 15 minutes in this case, so I was able to watch the last few scenes. Not that I much cared. (2/10)

Added by thaskett
3 years ago on 20 February 2015 23:34

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