Girl Most Likely (2013)



Critic Consensus: Largely witless and disappointingly dull, Girl Most Likely strands the gifted Kristen Wiig in a blandly hollow foray into scattershot sitcom territory.

Movie Info

Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled, thanks to a crisis of confidence. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her society boyfriend, Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate fake suicide as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she's put into the custody of Zelda, her estranged gambling addict mother (Annette Bening), and must return home with her to the Jersey shore. Desperate to get back to her … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michelle Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2013
Box Office: $1.4M
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Critic Reviews for Girl Most Likely

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (30)

Berman and Pulcini -- American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries -- found a tone somewhere between tragedy and nonsense.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Top Critic

There are moments to make you honestly wish it were a better movie, and that the semi-autobiographical screenplay by Michelle Morgan didn't feel so much like a first draft.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Once you get past Imogene's insufferableness, you'll find yourself rooting for her.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Crushingly unfunny, it's a must to avoid.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015

A lot more entertaining than the majority of its critical raspberries would suggest.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

What a disappointment.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for Girl Most Likely


"Girl Most Likely" is an indie comedy about a former playwright who is having problems in her life, and has to be saved by a neglectful mother, a reserved brother, and two strange men who each have their own quirks. The supporting characters are designed to be idiosyncratic sidekicks, and in that way they in themselves are entertaining and unique, but Imogene (Wiig) is not. For being the main focus of the plot, Imogene is all over the place, and unless you can align yourself with someone selfish going through the process of becoming a more realized person, you will not enjoy the character. She is selfish, popularity obsessed, needy, and awkward, and degrades everyone she loves in order to feel better about herself. It's less a film about realizing the errors of your own ways and more so about simply realizing happiness, and that's such a boring topic for a film. Definitely interesting for many reasons, this film still underwhelms in many areas.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

She has a lot to live up to. And a few things to live down.

Not bad movie! Girl Most Likely is full of potential and just like it's heroin, a lot is expected from it. It's a great set up with an amazing cast but where it has all those strengths- it's weaknesses are equal if not stronger. This is a low budget independent comedy that has a quirky tone to it. There may be a bit too much going on in this film. A subplot of Imogene trying to find her biological father doesn't do too much to move the story along. The ending also goes way over the top. But ultimately, Kristin Wiig makes Imogene a flawed yet lovable character who we root for.

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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Based on the reviews I would have never even seen this, but it was a slow day at Red Box (in other words I have seen everything in there except the zombies things) and I'm glad I did. Kristen Wiig gives an understated performance. Annette Bening is great as the mother. And the plot, while wildly unbelievable, sucked me in. Christopher Fitzgerald plays a great addled brother who turns out to be some kind of genius. Quite enjoyable. Give it ten minutes then you're in.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

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