Bron Studios, Gary Sanchez Productions,

Thomas Mann, Joan Cusack, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Tim Robbins, Loretta Devine, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Alice Klieg (Kristin Wiig) is quite a bit off. She’s seeing a shrink and taking her meds and trying to live a normal life, but one day she wins the lottery and suddenly has a boatload of money. Alice is a fanatic for daytime TV, and when she see’s a public domain show on a small local station, she fires the shrink, stops taking the meds and buys herself a TV show called “Welcome to Me” which is all about herself. The folks at the TV station know they’re going under so they play along with this psycho lady, but things don’t go well for TV host Alice as she alienates everyone except the viewing public.

There is a quirky movie, and then there’s a QUIRKY movie. This is definitely QUIRKY

    movie, that’s for sure. This is clearly written for Kristen Wiig as this looney lady is right in her wheelhouse. It was interesting and mildly funny film, but I think that at the end of Kiristen Wiig’s run on SNL it suffered from too much Kristen Wiig. I’m afraid this one suffers from the same thing, a bit too much of her. She started to get on my nerves after a while. There is a mix of humor and sadness, and it never got a decent balance between the two. It suffers from the inability to decide what it is. This film has a similar feel to UHF starring Weird Al Yankovic. UHF is a cult classic, but Weird knew that he could not carry every scene, so he brought in a bunch of supporting characters which made this such a pleasure to watch over and over again. They could have used that formula in this film too, as the few sideline characters are not used very well, not very funny or dramatic, and mostly a snooze-fest. That leaves Kristen having to carry every scene which is not really fair. I like Kristen and when she’s in an ensemble cast she is fantastic. This just heaped too much on her shoulders. I don’t recommend this one, as I didn’t find it really that special.

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