Girl Most Likely

  • Review Date: July 17, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Tepid dramedy mixes a few laughs with some heavy topics.
  • Review Date: July 17, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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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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?

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Good cast, great lead, robust material: What's not to like? But somehow, GIRL MOST LIKELY is a disappointment, taking a premise that promises wit and bite and turning 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 19, 2013
DVD release date:November 5, 2013
Cast:Annette Bening, Kristen Wiig, Matt Dillon
Directors:Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
Studios:Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and language

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Teen, 15 years old Written byiPunk July 19, 2013
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10
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Kristen Wiig movie is more serious than her SNL skits

Imogene (Kristen Wiig) tries to commit suicide. Her friend finds her passed out on her bed so she checks her in to the hospital. The hospital had too many patients already, so they had no choice but to send her home with her mom, and a bunch of funny things happen. Suicide is a serious topic that needs to be brought up. But this movie attempts to do it in a comical way. Doing it in a comical way makes people more comfortable with talking about it. And talking about it will find solutions. There is an attempted suicide with a bottle of pills, and a sex scene.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bymswellsy April 27, 2014
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13
QUALITY
 

Its literally so funny1

okay, girl most likely really isn't inappropriate. Im 13 and could handle it. They say there is a sex scene.. but no there isn't. they're not having "sex". they're heavily kissing on a bed. like really it isn't bad at all. there was a scene where Imogene (Kristen wiig) gets drunk and she does dance a little dirty at the club, but there is nothing nude! teens and mature kids can most definitely handle it. its not like miley cyrus dancing and its not like the grind on me dance, its just two people dancing a little dirty but teens can handle it. it has a great message too! it kind of tells you to not give up and follow your dreams. but over all its a great movie, not inapproiate, and teens/mature kids can handle it.
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Great messages
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byironkid21 November 12, 2013
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12
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Kristen Wiig charms her way through a flawed character in not great but worth watching dramedy

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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