I keep thinking back to last year's Salon.com article which claimed that SNL alum Kristen Wiig, who's carved out an admirable big screen career culminating to an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids, is simply unimpressive in dramas. Because, while I am a fan of her comedy, her dramatic turns (including The Skeleton Twins and Girl Most Likely) always leave me wanting (and, dare I add, extremely unmoved). So yeah, I hear about the actress starring in a new drama and I go numb.
But I have to admit, there is something very intriguing about the trailer for WELCOME TO ME--Wiigs newest dramedy that draws on our fascination with exhibitionism as a source for self-fulfillment. Wiig appears to show in the clip her natural quirkiness, which is hopefully mixed in with convincing gravitas (something with which she's had trouble in the past).
What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets. Also starring Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini.
Check it out the trailer:
First-time feature director Shira Piven helmed the film from a screenplay by newbie screenwriter Eliot Lawrence. Which means I don't really know what to expect from this film outside of Kristen Wiig. But I remain intrigued.
WELCOME TO ME opens May 1.