Welcome to Me (2015)
Critic Consensus: A transfixing central performance by Kristen Wiig performance holds Welcome to Me together and compensates for its uneven stretches.
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Me
There's not much plot here and very little in the way of character development. Alice is defined by her disorder and the screenplay isn't interested in delving into her life and relationships.
Welcome to Me is an unsettling comedy, and I mean that in the best possible way.
"Welcome to Me" has its charming, funny and sensitive moments, but it also suffers from its own form of instability.
It's a tricky business playing someone who is mentally ill and perhaps should be confined for observation, especially in a dark comedy. Wiig manages to make Alice funny as hell, endearing, sad and sometimes a little frightening.
There's dark comedy, and then there's take-no-prisoners, dare-you-to-keep-looking dark comedy. Kristen Wiig's "Welcome to Me" falls decidedly in the latter category, making us laugh but feel deeply unsettled about doing so.
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Not without its faults, but I quite liked this one. The premise is interesting. A mentally disturbed young women wins the lottery and buys herself a tv show with the proceeds. I was interested to see where she would go with it. Yes, it's like a car crash, but it does have something going for it too. I didn't originally get the significance of the ending, but once I did, it was perfect.
Kristen Wiig shines in this irreverent comedy about a bipolar woman who wins the lottery and buys 100 episodes of her own local broadcast show, unintentionally inventing the "narrative informercial". There are plenty of laugh out moments, but unfortunately all the characters except Kristen's Alice are one dimensional and pointless, which is sad considering there are plenty of talented actors on hand. There isn't really a plot or anything at stake. This is a character sketch for showcasing Wiig's talent. If it had more of a narrative thrust, this could be a classic on par with Being There, but unfortunately, it is a few fun scenes and no bones, just slightly better than Bridesmaids co-star's "Tammy". Unlike "Tammy", I wouldn't recommend skipping this. It's absurd and the kind of quirky that isn't annoying. This is a great premise, and it was sadly wasted, but there are enough funny moments to sit through the failed attempts at launching a plot.
A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery and buys off a TV station in order to produce a daily talk show. Kristen Wiig gives an excellent performance in both the dramatic and comedic/dramatic sections of this film. Her deadpan delivery was never more appropriate, and she mines soul-depths to create an interesting and compelling character. However, the film simply doesn't have enough plot events. It contents itself with scenes wholly motivated by Alice's (Wiig) disorder, occasionally interrupted by scenes of the TV execs arguing about whether it is ethical to display Alice's disorder despite her financial largess. It's a collection of the same scenes on repeat, so the plot doesn't advance, and the deus ex machina at the end is as unmotivated as the rest of the film. Why should the receiving character so spontaneously switch her stance? As a result, the film is a stagnant character study and is too thin on plot. Overall, Wiig is excellent, but the story isn't.
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