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Girl Most Likely (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 18 July 2013 (Netherlands)
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A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.

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Michelle Morgan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Wiig ... Imogene Duncan
Annette Bening ... Zelda Duncan
Matt Dillon ... George Bousche
Darren Criss ... Lee
Christopher Fitzgerald ... Ralph Duncan
June Diane Raphael ... Dara
Natasha Lyonne ... Allyson
Bob Balaban ... Maxwell P. Duncan
Sydney Lucas ... Little Imogene
Ilana Levine ... Teacher
Jimmy Palumbo ... Doorman Joe
Michelle Morgan ... Georgina
Mickey Sumner ... Hannah
Elizabeth Inghram ... Sloane
Brian Petsos ... Peter Van Woodsen
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Storyline

Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she's forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald). Adding further insult to injury, there's a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom (Darren Criss) and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother's bed (Matt Dillon). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she's ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them. Written by Roadside Attractions

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Insanity runs in the family. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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USA

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Release Date:

18 July 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Imogene See more »

Filming Locations:

Ocean City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$694,447, 21 July 2013

Gross USA:

$1,378,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,085,617
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Writer Michelle Morgan titled the screenplay "Imogene", the name of the lead character played by Kristen Wiig. It is a name she says she's loved since Imogene Coca, who she saw in Vacation (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Imogene is returning home with her mother, they pass a sign welcoming visitors to Ocean City while concrete dividers are shown in the center of the roadway behind them. No entrance to Ocean City has concrete dividers (nor any roadways within). See more »

Quotes

Imogene: Okay, were Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera the same person?
Lee: Yeah, they totally were.
Imogene: [rejoices] I knew it.
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References The Joy Behar Show (2009) See more »

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The Whiffenpoof Song (Baa! Baa! Baa!)
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A girl has lost her way and comes back home with quirky comedy
19 February 2014 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Girl Most Likely" is Imogene (Kristen Wiig); a girl once likely to become the next big playwright in New York City, now she's desperately hanging on to the upper-class lifestyle convinced that it's all about who you know, where you live, and who you are with. A failed attempt of a fake suicide attempt sends Imogene back where she came from. All the way to New Jersey.

It's an indie film with a fairly minimal distribution, which generally means the film is going to try to survive on quirky comedy. Luckily, Wiig has had a decade's worth of experience doing quirky comedy on "Saturday Night Live". Also, luckily the film is more than just a quirky indie comedy. It's very much a character study, and a bit of a quarter- life crisis dramedy thrown in for good measure. Imogene doesn't know herself very well. She once knew she was a good writer, now she just thinks she's a good writer. She once knew she was better than the family she came from, now she just thinks she's better. She also thinks her life will be better if she gets to know her great and successful father whom she doesn't know.

Her home life features comedy from her weird and bizarre mother, Zelda, her weirder and more bizarre new-step-father-like figure, George, and her weird but well-intentioned younger brother, Ralph. There's also a strange man sleeping in her bed.

This strange man is Lee (Darren Criss), who is actually not strange at all. He is a young man mired in a quarter-life crisis who has rented out her room as a place to stay. He represents the romantic angle of Imogene's attempt to get her life back on track, and was actually a very welcome addition to the movie. Lee was much more sane, understanding, and more aware of his place in life than any of the characters. He was exactly the type of guy who could keep Imogene more grounded with her distorted life views.

The comedy is sweet, although at times it can become to quirky to be all that funny. The writing is good, even though at times it can be a little too self-aware to be all the great. But "Girl Most Likely" is a fairly enjoyable journey of a girl who has completely lost her way in life. It focuses on family, ambition and ties it all up with quirky comedy.


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