Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Girl Most Likely (2012): Almost Your Average Indie Flick
Girl Most Likely (2012)
IMDb score of 5.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes Rating of 21%
My score? Medium to enjoyable! Memorable moments include: Imogene (Kristen Wiig) and her brother Ralph talk about Ralph's crush, exploring the world and broadening one's horizons at the Ocean City boardwalk; a climactic moment when Imogene and her would be New York city friend Dara—a delightfully mean June Diane Raphael, who I normally find very medium at best—get to duke it out at a fancy dinner party.
My absolute favorite moment involves Zelda (a deliciously ditzy and endearing Annette Benning) and Imogene's memory of her birthday parties. She remembers her mother as a cheapskate who, because of her reckless gambling habits, combined Imogene and Ralph's birthday parties, despite the fact that her brother's birthday comes 84 days after hers.
"Do you know how embarrassing it is celebrate your birthday 84 days after your birthday?" (paraphrased...)
Later, we find out Zelda combined their birthday parties because no one would have come to Ralph's party. A single mother, trying her best, with the resources she has.
The set-up to this movie is a little clunky and formulaic, which makes it feel... Well, not much. But the more we learn about the characters, the more they become people (and less just indie flick archetypes) and the more we care about them, no matter what absurd situation they find themselves in.
And at the end of the day, I will watch Kristen Wiig in practically anything.