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Movie review: ‘Girl Most Likely’

Posted 3:53pm on Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013

PG-13 (sexual content, strong language); 103 min.

Girl Most Likely is a comedy from Kristen Wiig’s alternate-universe career — the career she might have had without Bridesmaids.

A daft, thin and instantly forgettable farce about a woman of once-great promise who fakes a suicide attempt to hang on to a beau who is bailing on her, it’s the sort of movie that has its Manhattan heroine turn out to be from New Jersey — as if that’s all it takes for hilarity to ensue. It relies on Wiig’s charms, Matt Dillon’s wackiness and a lot of examples of that favorite crutch of underwhelming romantic-comedy directors: cute time-lapse montages set to pop music.

But co-directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ( American Splendor, The Extra Man) never find the right balance between pathos and farce. And they compound their frustration at this by hurling those montages to try and put a head on this flatter-than-flat beer.

Whatever their other gifts, they cannot find the fizz here. They never get Wiig to commit to the sort of film that she, even when she was making it, must have realized was beneath her in her post- Bridesmaids glory.

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— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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