Review: Welcome to Me

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Title: Welcome to Me
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Shira Piven
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Wes Bentley
Runtime: 1 hr 27 mins

What It Is: Alice Klieg (Wiig) suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. She’s also just won 85 million dollars in the California lottery. Now what would a woman suffering from a mental ailment do with millions of dollars? Become a talk show host of course! And after giving asmaller local station a couple of million dollars, and moving herself into a tribal casino she becomes just that. With her new show Welcome to Me we get an insight into her disease and how it’s effected her personal life throughout. However, the demons start to unravels on Alice and the network and no one was ver prepared for how that would end.

What We Think: This is a good movie navigated very well by Piven. She doesn’t treat her characters disease as something unusual and instead works it into Alice’s complete personality, using her battle against the disease to build her. James Marsden does here what he always does, he brings it. He’s never the strongest actor, but he’s always good. In the end though this is Wiig’s movie, and with it she continues to show she has the depth in her acting to go beyond a simple comedy actress. Wes Bentley makes an appearance, and it makes me wonder why he does not show up in more things. Wiig shows Alice as vulnerable and naive. She’s an egomaniac and doesn’t really understand that she is.

Our Grade: B-, It’s a solid film, and it deserves a solid grade. It is nowhere near perfect, but neither is the protagonist. It’s a weird, and strange film but one that you can enjoy. You watch this for Wiig’s performance, and it is interesting to see. Good luck finding it though as it isn’t playing like…anywhere. From the smallest character in the film everyone just brings it. Even Linda Cardellini in the best friend role. If you can find this flick check it out. At the end of the day it prove that the kruks of this film is Kristin Wiig is awesome.

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