Dir: Shira Piven.
With: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack. 87 mins. Cert:
An oddball dramedy,
of the kind comedians habitually venture whenever they bridle at being deployed
as mere gag-monkeys. Here it’s Kristen Wiig, playing a recluse with borderline
personality disorder who self-finances a TV talkshow after winning the Nevada
lottery – a contrivance that generates, at best, fitful titters. There’s
moderate fun with the show itself, which – in its insistent oversharing –
suggests some Kardashian-age Wayne’s
World offshoot, but dead air ensues once Wiig’s Julia starts interrogating
past traumas: the heroine’s evident distress mutes any applause. Wiig commits
to the experiment, but several other performers are squandered, and quirks
outnumber truths; as a mental illness narrative in particular, it feels
perilously phoney. Welcome to Me is now playing in selected cinemas.