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Welcome to Me

Welcome to Me

Shira Piven (2014)

83min
15 Certificate
Sun 18 Dec 6:15am - 7:50am Sky Cinema Comedy
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Review

Our Score
Taking a swing at the cultural climate that stokes and rewards self-obsession, Welcome to Me is the second feature from director Shira Piven. The title refers to a TV show devised by a lottery-winning Oprah Winfrey fan and "emotional exhibitionist" (Kristen Wiig) who's suffering from borderline personality disorder and has come off her meds. Fed with stacks of cash and with no-one to rein in its creator, the resulting product is an indulgent, autobiographical mess. The film's rainbow-bright visuals reflect its protagonist's deluded outlook and it has great fun with the talk-show format, as our unlikely heroine shares unappetising recipes, relives formative frustrations and airs petty grievances. There's also ample enjoyment in the exasperation of the production team (who include Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Jennifer Jason Leigh). More successful at the surreal than the satirical, this terrific platform for Wiig's deadpan comedic skills never quite goes for the jugular and fails to draw out the cynicism of the enterprise; although it dabbles with the dark side, it feels a little lightweight.

Summary

A mentally unstable woman whose life revolves entirely around daytime TV wins the lottery. She immediately stops taking her medication and pays a television studio millions to let her broadcast a show sharing her outlandish views and troubled past with the world. Comedy, Kristen Kirsten Wiig and Tim Robbins.

Cast & Crew

Alice Klieg Kristen Wiig
Gabe Ruskin Wes Bentley
Gina Selway Linda Cardellini
Dawn Hurley Joan Cusack
Barb Vaughn Loretta Devine
Deb Moseley Jennifer Jason Leigh
Rainer Ybarra Thomas Mann (2)
Rich Ruskin James Marsden
Dr Daryl Moffet Tim Robbins
Ted Thurber Alan Tudyk
Grace Dao Kulap Vilaysack
Director Shira Piven
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Vertigo Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 25 Mar 2016

Comedy

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