Girl Most Likely

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S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Tepid dramedy mixes a few laughs with some heavy topics.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 102 minutes

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Positive Messages

Labels and riches don't make a person; it's your character that counts. Also, families are often a dysfunctional lot, but dysfunction doesn't mean that relatives can't find a way to connect with each other.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Imogene is pretty self-centered and snobbish. Her friends are phonies. Her mother is neglectful. But her brother is sweet and kind, as is Lee, who's happy to enjoy being where he is, whether it's perceived as successful or not.


A man points a gun at a group of people, taking a woman hostage. It's played a little for laughs, but shots are fired, and the character is menacing (even if kooky). A woman fakes her suicide and is taken to a hospital, where she's forcibly restrained after trying to fight off hospital attendants.


Some kissing and making out in bed. No outright nudity, though characters are glimpsed in their underwear or under a sheet with shoulders bared. A conversation between two women references spanking during sex. Sexual innuendoes fly. Grinding on the dance floor.


"Hell" and "s--t" are used occasionally.


Lots of product name-dropping, especially to show how certain characters are wealthy and privileged: iPhone, Porsche, NPR, PBS, Pellegrino, Yale, Jack Daniels.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A woman gets wasted during a night of heavy drinking that includes shots (and body shots) and Long Island iced teas.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Girl Most Likely is a dramedy that's heavier on the comedy than the drama, though the plotlines are pretty heavy and include an attempted suicide (faked), a nervous breakdown, parental abandonment, and the like. Expect some colorful language (mostly "s--t" and "hell"), heavy drinking and drunkenness, and some scenes showing couples making out heavily, as well as plenty of innuendo. There's also some gun violence; it's mostly played for laughs, but shots are fired.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysereena12345 July 12, 2017

I watched this with my parents and fell in love with it!

When I watched this with my parents, there was a bit of swearing but had an absolutely breathtaking message behind it. I suggest you read the synopsis and decid... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJenna8 May 24, 2017

What's the story?

Imogene (Kristen Wiig) was once a promising playwright. But she squandered her opportunities by being fabulous and fabulously dressed in New York and getting hung up on "belonging" to the upper-crust New York City milieu. So when her affluent boyfriend (Brian Petsos) dumps her, it's no surprise that Imogene is lost. There are no other options besides Ocean City, New Jersey, where her flashy and eccentric (not to mention self-centered) mother (Annette Bening) is still living with Imogene's smart and sweet younger brother (Christopher Fitzgerald) and a mysterious new boyfriend everyone calls Bousche (Matt Dillon). There's also a new boarder (Darren Criss) ensconced in Imogene's old bedroom.

Is it any good?

Good cast, great lead, robust material -- you'd think it would be a winner, but GIRL MOST LIKELY is a disappointment. It takes a premise that promises wit and bite and turns it into tepid mush. Imogene as an outsider desperate to be part of a world that only pretends to accept her is a plotline that offers so many routes to self-discovery, but the filmmakers punted, opting instead on the most obvious of paths. (There appears to be no other way to reinvention but to spit in the face of what you've become and tap into your old self. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff here.)

Wiig is kinetic and emotive. An arched eyebrow can convey both despair and a knowing laugh. Too bad she's written as a paint-by-numbers "snobby" person. The characterizations are so obvious that you're clubbed on the head with them. Criss is cute, but he and Wiig share little chemistry. Bening is woefully underused as Imogene's mom, and Dillon is hilarious, but to what end? It's as if the filmmakers couldn't decide what the movie was supposed to be, exactly. The quirks are piled onto serious pathos, leaving the film in a tonally muddled spot. Girl Most Likely is as its title suggests: a film looking for an identity, much like the titular girl.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the blend of comedy and drama in Girl Most Likely. Why isn't this a straight-up comedy? What defines "dramedy"? Does the combo of light and heavy tone work in this movie?

  • What's the possible downside of making light of serious issues like suicide and heavy drinking? Do you feel like watching these elements on the screen influences any decisions you might make?

  • Do the characters feel realistic/believable? What about the situations they find themselves in?

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