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'Girl Most Likely' suffers from quirky-overload

Kristen Wiig stars in 'Girl' as a playwright who is ordered to live with her mother.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / July 19, 2013

'Girl Most Likely' stars (from l. to r.) Matt Dillon, Kristen Wiig, and Darren Criss.

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In “Girl Most Likely,” Kristen Wiig plays a New York playwright who goes into an emotional tailspin and ends up, by court order, living with her dread mother in her old family home on the Jersey Shore. Her creepy brother (Christopher Fitzgerald) is also in the house, as is a hunky tenant (Darren Criss) living in her old room. The mother’s boyfriend (Matt Dillon) claims to be a CIA operative.

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In other words, this film suffers, as you can guess from this précis, from quirky-overload. Wiig has never really shone in movies the way she did on “Saturday Night Live,” perhaps because she’s called upon to be more than a sketch artist. It’s also because her material in the movies has been much less sharp. Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman directed from a script by Michelle Morgan. The whole enterprise comes across like a first draft. Grade: C (Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.)

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