|Ratings||UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Germany: 6|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Director||Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini|
|Starring||Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Bob Balaban, Julia Stiles, Andrea Martin,|
|Ratings||IMDb: 5.8 by 14,951 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 23% by 95 reviewers..|
Elevator Pitch: Imogene Duncan was once a promising playwright, but now works in a crap for a magazine. When her rich boyfiend leaves her she stages a suicide attempt to get him back, but instead is discovered by a friend and held under a 5150 (sectioned in UK). She is released into the care of her estranged mother, who lives in a weird house in Jersey City, has a boy friend who claims to be a spy and who has hired out her bedroom to an aspiring musician. Her brother is fixated on hermit crabs and has his own home made “shell”. Their father thought to be dead, is actually alive, rich and living in New York.
Content: Imogene and the musician, Lee, have sex, fortunately not in front of us. Imogene fakes suicide in her luxury flat, then is hospitalised. She fights with her mother and eventually settles in their New Jersey home. A sort of friendship develops with Lee, the musician who encourages her to write. They go out on the town, actually in the funfair where Lee performs in a tribute show. Ralph, her brother pursues his obsession with crabs and shows off his human size carapace. Helped by Lee they go in search of their father in New York.
A View: Take the above ingredients and shake well, then see how it comes out. The answer is – not well. It was not much liked by the critics or the general public, and did not make any money. I usually check out the trivia on IMDb. Any superhero film will have hundreds of contributions. This film had four. Surely some intern in the studio could have been set to work to rescue the charming Kristen Wiig from this disaster with some entertaining trivia items. It must have looked good on paper, but it is not worth any of your time.
Additional info: Having said that there is virtually no “Trivia” on IMDb, there is an amazing level of detail on the same site in “Content”.