Welcome to me

Quirky comedy Welcome to me stars Saturday night live alumni Kristen Wiig. She plays Alice Klieg, a woman who suffers from some kind of personality disorder. With the support of a few people, like her best friend, Gina (Linda Cardellini), her gay ex-husband, Ted (Alan Tudyk), and her therapist, Dr. Daryl Moffat (Tim Robbins), Alice seems to be happy. Her favorite show is Oprah. She has taped every episodes and memorized lines from them. One day she wins eighty million dollars in the lottery. She moves into a casino hotel in Palm spring and meets TV local producers Rich and Gabe Ruskin (James Paul Marsden and Wes Bentley). Alice pays the two brothers to produce her own talk show, called – what else? – “Welcome to me” and will be all about her. Among the weird idea she has, she wants to come in the studio in a giant swan. At first, Alice is seen as too weird by the staff, but as the show grows in popularity, they are starting to care for her. She even finds love. For Alice, the show serves as a therapy, but it may cause her to lose her support network. Welcome to me does not have what you could call a great screenplay, but it has at least two things going for it. It has enthusiasm and great charms. And it has a winning performance by Kristen Wiig. She can be funny, touching and completely believable as a woman living with a mental illness. As well, I would like to mention a good turn from Joan Cusack as the TV director. A small budget film that could please many people.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Welcome to me

Directed by:
Shira Piven
Screenplay by:
Eliot Laurence
Starring:
Kristen Wiig
James Marsden
Linda Cardellini
Wes Bentley
Alan Tudyk
Tim Robbins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Joan Cusack
105 min.
Rated 14A
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