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I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy New Year! Movie Review - Girl Most Likely






Kristen Wiig as Imogene

Annette Bening as Zelda (Imogene's Mother)

Christopher Fitzgerald as Ralph (Imogene's Brother)

Matt Dillon as George/The Bousche

Darren Criss as Lee

Release Date:  July 19, 2013 in US theaters. Available now for rent and On-Demand.

Running Time:  1 hour & 43 minutes

Genre:  Comedy

Directors:  Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Writer:  Michelle Morgan

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language

Brief Description:  A failed New York York playwright, Imogene, played by Kristen Wiig, awkwardly navigates the transition from "Next Big Thing' to "Last Years News". She is forced to move back to her childhood home in New Jersey with her eccentric mother (Annette Bening); her mother's strange boyfriend (Matt Dillon); her quirky younger brother (Christopher Fitzgerald); and a male boarder (Darren Criss).

Leslie's Notes

I LOVE this movie! I saw Girl Most Likely the first day it was shown in Little Rock during a limited release in July 2013 and I really liked the amazing cast. I enjoyed watching Kristen Wiig as a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL) and her performance in Bridesmaids, which she also co-wrote. Annette Bening and Matt Dillon have been in many comedies and dramas during the years and both are Academy Award nominated actors. But the real reason I saw the movie is because of Darren Criss. I have been a fan of Darren's since he first appeared on Glee in the role of Blaine Anderson on November 9, 2010 in the episode "Never Been Kissed".  My daughters and I saw Darren perform with the rest of the cast in the Glee Live concert tour in Chicago in June 2011 and then met Darren at a Meet & Greet before his concert at the Six Flags in St. Louis on July 21, 2011. The day after we met Darren it was announced that he was selected for this movie, originally named Imogen and that he was also going to star on Broadway for three weeks in the musical "How To Succeed In Business".

Sara and I with Darren Criss at Six Flags, St. Louis
July 21, 2011

But even if I wasn't a fan of Darren, I would still like this movie.  He does a great job as Lee, a boy band performer in a casino.  His character is charming, funny and very talented. Kind of like Darren is in person! 

I was surprised that this movie received many negative reviews. I think the main reason is because people went to see it expecting a comedy and it does have some dramatic parts in it. But it is overall a comedy and contains many good scenes along with excellent production value. I definitely recommend watching it as an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours at home on DVD or online on your computer or phone.

 Here are two more movies I have recently seen and recommend:

And these two movies both opened today and I'm looking forward to seeing them soon:

HAPPY 2015!