May 27, 2014

Girl Most Likely (2013)

Kristen Wiig, Annette Benning, Matt Dillon

Kristen Wiig does what she does best in this movie - act awkward. She's completely believable as a skinny Bridget Jones-type loser whose life pretty much sucks all around. And Annette Benning nails what I imagine a stereotypical New Jersey mom would be (this is what Scarlett Johansson's character in Don Jon will be like when she grows up). Having her character coupled with Matt Dillon only seals the imagery. I mean really, since Wild Things, has anyone been able to take Matt Dillon seriously as anything other than a giant sleaze-bag? (Er...did anyone else think that before Wild Things as well?)

So the actors are good. And it sort of pains me to say that, because I am staunchly against whatever Kristen Wiig worship is out there. [I'll say it to whomever will listen - Bridesmaids was not funny!!] But beyond that, the movie is utterly lacking in originality. It's not that this movie sucks; it's that other movies like this already exist and are much better than this one. Let's run through the list, shall we?

Charlize Theron already made this movie. It's called Young Adult. It practically the exact same, except that Charlize Theron is an Oscar-winning actress, her movie had a more complete plot, and everything about Young Adult was exponentially better than this movie. But other than that, totally the same.

Then there are Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino (aka Romy and Michele) in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. This one was just like Girl Most Likely, except that it was so funny I still laugh out loud when I happen to catch it on TV. I can't remember being moved to audible laughter at all while watching Girl Most Likely. The plot (and I use that term loosely) between these two was slightly different, but still the whole loser-women-trying-to-impress-people-from-high-school theme applies.

And then of course, there is the queen of loser-dom, Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones. She so thoroughly embodies a pathetic nature that it's difficult to try and watch anyone ever try to be so pitiful yet hilarious at the same time ever again. Bloody brilliant, Bridget.

So with the exception of Mira Sorvino's weird man-voice, all of these women are more enjoyable to watch than Kristen Wiig. And all their movies are of a higher quality than hers. Which leaves me with only one logical conclusion...

Final word: There's really no reason to watch this movie. Ever.

**Readers, did I miss anyone else that already played this part?

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