Girl Most Likely (US - BD RA)
Jonathan continues playing catch up with this Kristen Wiig ...comedy?
Kristen Wiig leads an all-star cast in this comedy about a once-promising playwright (Wiig) who returns home to her wildly unpredictable mother (Annette Bening) and a house full of oddballs to get her career - and life - back on track. (adapted from the Lionsgate synopsis)
Girl Most Likely is a bummer. I'm a big admirer of Kristen Wiig's talents, and after the success of Bridesmaids it seemed like she would finally be getting the leading lady roles that she deserves. This is not what I had mind. There is nothing wrong with the basic premise... Imogene (Kristen Wiig) loses her job and financially supportive boyfriend in one fell swoop, so she returns home to her eccentric family to find herself and figure out what to do next. Many comedies have made something out of less, but Girl Most Likely is a frustratingly lifeless movie that squanders the talents of its cast.
It feels weird to label it a comedy in the review details (where I put what IMDb says) because the screenplay has very few attempts at actual humor. It very rarely feels like it is trying to be funny, and when it attempts to be dramatic it feels totally insincere. The few attempts at humor are uninspired and underdeveloped. Imogene trying to lie her way out of a ticket. Matt Dillon plays a man who goes by "The Bousche" and is Imogene's mom's current boyfriend. He claims to be from the CIA, and the extent of that joke is akin to that "if I tell you I'd have to kill you" type humor. Dillon is sleepwalking through the role, and I can't say I blame him. He and Imogene's mom Zelda (Annette Bening) spank each other, and that is supposed to be funny because it is inappropriate.
A soulsuckingly banal romance forms between Imogene and Lee ( Glee's Darren Criss), a young man who has been a tenant of the house, sleeping in Imogene's room while she was away. They are different then they find out they are not so different, and yeah, you get it. I do have some nice things to say. Despite being mostly squandered, the reliable Annette Bening puts in a great performance as Zelda. Imogene's middle-aged brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald) suffers from some extreme arrested development. He lives in the house and helps Imogene build a fort to sleep in since her room is occupied. He built something called a human shell that he hides in from the outside world. It's a really weird joke that doesn't land. While I never found Ralph's awkwardness funny, Fitzgerald makes him likeable. The only chemistry that exists in the movie is between Ralph and Imogene as close siblings.
I have nicer things to say about this 1080p transfer. While Girl Most Likely isn't so inspired in the visuals department, it was shot on the Arri Alexa. The resulting image is incredibly crisp with great black levels and eye catching colors. The interior of Ralph's room in screen cap 4 is probably the most interesting the film ever looks visually thanks to his blue slanted ceiling. It gives you a good idea of how the colors pop. Compression artefacts are not an issue. The movie often uses warm filters that give it an amber hue, making colors unnaturally warm.
To go with the nice transfer is a perfectly serviceable DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. I feel like I say this a lot, but Girl Most Likely is not the type of movie that really takes advantage of the soundspace. The Blu-ray quality sound keeps music, however painful the music is, lively and vibrant. For the most part this is a square comedy where everything is centered around dialogue and kept front and center. There are some off-screen noises that utilize directionality, but nothing that is going to make you stop and turn your head. All in all, this track does the job just fine and there are no apparent issues with it.
Extras start off with a weak Gag Reel (HD, 2:29) that pretty much only contains shots of the actors laughing during line readings, sometimes cutting straight to the laughs and not giving the viewer any context. Then shots of people dancing around on set. Life in the Human Shell (HD, 3:14) is footage of Christopher Fitzgerald (or at least his voice) going around in the human shell suit from the movie goofing around in various locations. Next up is Making Most Likely (HD, 8:44). This is your average making-of material with producers, the writer and directors talking about how they got involved in the project. They dote on the actors a lot, none of whom are interviewed. Last of all is Deleted Scenes (HD, 2:39). There are 3 short ones, none of which are particularly amusing or interesting.
I've always had a high tolerance for bad comedies, but Girl Most Likely really pushed that envelope. It isn't that the jokes are painful (and they kind of are). It hardly even tries to be funny. Decent performances from Wiig and Bening are not enough to offset the joylessness of the experience. If you happen to be a fan then this Lionsgate Blu-ray has a great transfer, but a weak smattering of extras.
* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.
Review by Jonathan Hogberg
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
Release Date: 5th November 2013
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Extras: Gag Reel, Making Most Likely, Life in the Human Shell, Deleted Scenes
Easter Egg: No
Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon
Length: 104 minutes
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