Starring: Kristin Wiig, Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Alan Tudyk, Loretta Devine
Directed By: Shira Piven
What an incredibly batty movie. I don’t know if it’s meant to be just incredibly bizarre for the humor of it, or if it is some incredibly smart piece on fame, oversaturation, overnight fame, and having way too much money. Or maybe it’s a piece about mental health in America. I don’t know what the purpose of this film is, except I know that Kristin Wiig is a genius.
Kristin Wiig is one day going to get the perfect film and the perfect role, and everyone is going to be like… OK. Here’s your Oscar. One day. She’s so close to it, but the films she has been great in haven’t resonated. Welcome To Me is one of those films you watch, you kind of enjoy, and then you forget you saw six months from now. It’s a good film, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just so fucking weird.
Wiig plays a lady diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, who ends up winning the lottery, and pursuing her dream of hosting her own TV show. It’s all about her life, and people find themselves oddly attracted to what should normally be a trainwreck of a show. James Marsden does his best as a money grubbing producer, Joan Cusack is great as an eye-rolling director, and Linda Cardellini is solid as the girl who puts up with this nonsense. I think the film was trying to be so batty, it couldn’t just focus on one theme, or one overlying concept. Is this a film about mental health? Is it about having too much money? Is it about our obsession with bad TV? I don’t know if it’s about one topic, or just loosely inspired by everything. It’s a scattershot film, and because of that, it only kinda-sorta works.
Kristin Wiig’s brilliance is everything. This is another film on her checklist that people will use when they finally give her an “overdue” Oscar many years from now. If you’re a Wiig fan, you’ll love this. If you’re not, you’ll probably hate it. If you’re not, I suggest you watch The Skeleton Twins, become a Wiig fan, and then watch this. If you’ve seen both, and still aren’t a fan… check your pulse.
FINAL GRADE: B