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Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss
Writing Credits:
Michelle Morgan

A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$694,447 on 351 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 103 min.
Price: $14.99
Release Date: 11/5/2013

• “Life in the Human Shell” Featurette
• “Making Most Likely” Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel
• Previews


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Girl Most Likely [Blu-Ray] (2012)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (August 10, 2023)

Fresh off the success of 2011’s Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig opted for something a big more dramatic – well, sort of. While 2012’s Girl Most Likely comes with plenty of comedy, it also follows a more serious path than the usual project from a Saturday Night Live alum.

Due to her promising abilities, Imogene Duncan (Wiig) earned a grant to write a play. However, she never produces the required text and her funding expires.

Imogene loses her job as well and her boyfriend Peter (Brian Petsos) dumps her. When Imogene stages a phony suicide attempt to lure back Peter, she ends up in psychiatric care and remanded to the custody of her flaky moth Zelda (Annette Bening). This sends Imogene back to New Jersey for the first time in years as she needs to figure out how to move ahead with her life.

As implied by the title, Girl aspires to tell a tale of the prodigy who doesn’t live up to her potential. This seems like an intriguing premise, but like Imogene herself, the film fails to develop in a satisfying manner.

It doesn’t help that Girl tends to seem awfully on the nose. In the movie’s first scene, we see a young Imogene (Sydney Lucas) as she plays Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Imogene refuses to say “there’s no place like home” because she doesn’t believe that concept. This becomes obvious foreshadowing since we figure out quickly that Imogene’s return to New Jersey will push her toward overdue maturity.

This eye-rolling dramatic technique would seem less problematic if the rest of the movie proved more satisfactory. Unfortunately, Girl really does fail to dig into its characters and themes well.

Rather than follow a coherent path, Girl comes across as a collection of quirky characters and wacky scenes. While it makes the requisite dramatic stabs, the film undercuts these with its self-consciously goofy elements.

And these emerge in abundance. Zelda shacks up with a goofy supposed CIA agent named George (Matt Dillon) and her social phobic brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald) generates cheap stabs at laughs.

This means Girl wastes a talented cast – and the viewer’s time. The movie treads predictably paths and turns into a forgettable character journey.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio B-/ Bonus D+

Girl Most Likely appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a good but unexceptional presentation.

Sharpness became an occasional concern, as sporadic shots looked oddly soft. Nonetheless, most of the movie brought pretty good delineation.

No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects materialized, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws remained absent.

Colors leaned toward a subdued impression of teal and amber. Though the hues didn’t excel, they worked fine given the production’s goals.

Blacks felt fairly deep and dense, while low-light shots delivered reasonably positive clarity. While it didn’t excel, the image usually worked fine.

I didn’t expect much from a character comedy-drama like Girl, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio fell into the anticipated low-key results. The soundscape walked the subdued side of the street.

Some scenes on streets, casinos or seaside offered moderate involvement, and a thunderstorm kicked to life. Music spread across the spectrum in a generally positive manner. However, the soundfield failed to add much to the proceedings.

Audio quality satisfied, with music that seemed warm and full. Speech came across as natural and concise.

Effects lacked much to do, but they remained accurate and without distortion. This became an adequate mix for a character flick.

A few extras fill out the disc, and we find two featurettes. Life in the Human Shell goes for three minutes, 14 seconds and shows hidden camera footage of the “Human Shell” in action. It goes nowhere.

Making Most Likely goes for eight minutes, 44 seconds. It involves writer Michelle Morgan, producers Alix Madigan and Celine Rattray, directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, and costume designer Tom Broeker.

“Making” looks at the movie’s roots and path to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, costumes and location details. I like Morgan’s comments about how the movie reflects her own life but otherwise the reel feels superficial.

Three Deleted Scenes occupy a total of two minutes, 39 seconds. Some minor comedy emerges but none of them offer substantial plot/character information.

A Gag Reel spans two minutes, 29 seconds. It provides the usual goofs and giggles, which disappoints because I hoped it might come with some alternate lines.

The disc opens with ads for Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Thanks for Sharing, Friends With Kids and The Switch. No trailer for Girl appears here.

Girl Most Likely comes with a good cast and an interesting concept. However, it never develops into a satisfying result, as it prefers goofy silliness to strong development. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture, adequate audio and a smattering of bonus materials. The movie wastes its talent.

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