Girls Most LikelyGirl Most Likely showed promise at first. I often feel bedazzled with an all-star cast and this movie was no exception. It stars Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, along with a few other talented, well-known names in the entertainment business.

Girls Most LikelyGirl Most Likely showed promise at first. I often feel bedazzled with an all-star cast and this movie was no exception. It stars Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, along with a few other talented, well-known names in the entertainment business.

Of course, we all know that promises are often broken and again, unfortunately, this movie was no exception. Upon first viewing, there seems to be a certain, peculiar lack of effort that I couldn’t quite pinpoint. There were many funny moments. There were many awkward moments. And then there were many purely painful and cringeworthy moments that made me think, “Vom.”

It is sad because it is true. I feel that the premise had many directions to go: Imogene Duncan, a once prodigious playwright in New York City, who claims to have wasted her potential and any possible opportunities, desperately striving to clutch on to any status or glamour she has leftover with her society friends and charity dinners. When that doesn’t work, and the desperation sends her back to her childhood home in New Jersey, we see how this girl came to be and why the thought of going back home ended up with doctors injecting her with tranquilizers. We see her eclectic, impulsive gambling addict mother, appropriate named Zelda, who is dating a self-proclaimed international spy named George “The Boosh” Bush, and her loving younger brother who never understood the appeal of leaving the shore.

It is rare to meet a person nowadays who has not avoided home for one reason or another, especially after that person has experienced the glitter of the big city. But a good premise will not go anywhere if it does not have good writing to support it. In this case, the writing was spotty at best. The plot existed, of course, but it was not well thought out, which turned the movie into messy, trite, awkward, and weirdly random. Let me just re-emphasize that this movie was weirdly random, and I really, really mean that.

And without a good script, the actors have no support. In the few slivers of heart that Girl Most Likely sometimes shows, we see talent. We see faith. We see hope that maybe, in the next scene, everything will turn around and it will all be worth it. But that never happened. The movie ends on a random note (yes, random) with unexplained actions and a cliched message of “there’s no place like home” better left to films like Where the Heart Is.

Running time: 1hr 43min; Rated: PG-13

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