There’s nothing worse than realizing your biggest dreams aren’t working out how you planned. No one wants to fail, but sometimes in order to reach your full potential you have to take a few steps back. In the case of Imogene Duncan, it required her to take more like a few giant leaps.
On July 19, directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are bringing the feel-good comedy Girl Most Likely to theaters nationwide.
The movie stars Kristin Wiig as Imogene, an aspiring New York playwright with dreams to write a Tony award-winning play. She also hopes to marry the man of her dreams, current boyfriend Peter (Brian Petsos). But when her attempts at playwriting fail and Peter leaves her, Imogene has an emotional meltdown, leading her to fake suicide in an attempt for attention.
When the doctor suggests that it’s best for Imogene to be under the care of a loving guardian, she isn’t exactly pleased to see her eccentric mother Zelda (Annette Bening) by her bedside. After being whisked away against her will to New Jersey, Imogene comes home to a house full of strangers. She finds that her mom was renting out her bedroom to a man named Lee (Darren Criss), and her mother’s new boyfriend George (Matt Dillon) is a pathological liar.
Girl Most Likely will not be Wiig’s first appearance in theaters this summer, as she played Lucy in Despicable Me 2. Some of her other popular titles include Bridesmaids (Annie), How To Train Your Dragon (Ruffnut), and Arrested Development (Young Lucille Bluth).
However, this will be Darren Criss’ first feature film. Many people may know him from the cast of Glee as Blaine Anderson, but he originally got his start during college doing musicals for Team Starkid. Criss starred and co-wrote the songs in A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel and A Very Potter Senior Year.
Criss mentioned in a Q&A session at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that working on Girl Most Likely has been extremely cool and he is such a fan of all his co-stars, such as Annette Bening and Kristin Wiig.
During the same Q&A session, the entire cast agreed that working with husband and wife pair Berman and Pulcini was a wonderful experience. Wiig called the pair “a dream,” and “amazing,” as well as sharing that the cast “fell in love with them.”
The directors take the viewers on a journey with Imogene, showing us how sometimes dreams don’t work out the first time. After Imogene lost it all, the last place the thought she’d find relief was in her hometown, but some how she did. Armed with new appreciation for her crazy, over the top family, she begins searching for what she hopes will become a brand new Imogene.