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Movie review: Wiig triumphs over contrived plot in 'Girl Most Likely'

Published July 19, 2013 1:22 pm

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Kristen Wiig's years of "Saturday Night Live" sketch work pay off in "Girl Most Likely" as she manages to cut through some ridiculous plot devices to find some emotional truths.

Wiig plays Imogene, a once-promising playwright now skating on the fringes of New York society until her jerk boyfriend (Brian Petsos) dumps her and she fakes a suicide attempt to get him back. Instead, she lands in a psych ward and is put in the custody of her mother, Zelda (Annette Bening), a brash gambling addict, in her tacky New Jersey home.

Also in the house are Imogene's autistic brother, Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald); Zelda's mysterious boyfriend (Matt Dillon); and a boarder, Lee ("Glee's" Darren Criss), with whom Imogene has a hate/like thing.

Michelle Morgan's script is loaded with quirky, contrived situations. But directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ("American Splendor") navigate them adroitly enough to allow Wiig to find some kernels of truth in them.

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'Girl Most Likely'

Opens Friday, July 19, at area theaters; rated PG-13 for sexual content and language; 103 minutes.