Girl Most Likely, a Jersey-vs.-Manhattan Comedy

<I>Girl Most Likely</I>, 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.

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AMC Loews 84th Street 6

2310 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 80s

Chelsea Cinemas

260 W. 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Chelsea

AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 40s

AMC Loews Kips Bay 15

570 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Murray Hill

AMC Loews Village 7‎

66 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: East Village

Details

Girl Most Likely
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Lionsgate
Opens July 19
103 minutes
Rated PG-13

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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 punchlines, the Backstreet Boys really are back.

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melvinhermille
melvinhermille

So is the funny title, Girl Most Likely, playing off of the desperately needy and horrible title, Girl Interrupted? 

 

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