THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO... (1973)


I was a BIG fan of the old ABC-TV Movie of the Week (actually, it eventually went to twice a week, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights) in the 70s. These weren't the disease of the week TV movies that the genre eventually morphed into. These were genuine, honest-to-God B movies, offbeat and different that could easily played as the second feature at your neighborhood theater (remember when there WERE double features?). I could go on and on about these films but let's center on the one I just watched, a black comedy called The Girl Most Likely To... This gem started a then-unknown Stockard Channing as a homely college student named Miriam. Channing was made to look at homely as possible as she portrayed an extremely lonely college student looking for companionship. But the men she meets treat her as less then a person, as someone to be ridiculed and ignored. In a particularly cruel segment, a young intern (Fred Grandy of The Love Boat) seems to have actual interest in her and meets her after hours in the infirmary - but she finds the place is ringed with other students watching them - Fred was doing it as a dare or on a bet. One day, after fleeing another cruel trick, this one by her jealous female roommate, she is in a car accident and needs extensive surgery. Well guess what, the surgeons not only fix her, they make Miriam beautiful beyond her wildest dreams. And she uses her newfound beauty to take revenge on every guy who's mistreated her. Joan Rivers wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay so there's a lot of humor here, and Channing (who narrates her own story) comes up with a star-making performance. Ed Asner is also here as a detective trying to find the murderer and there's a neat twist at the end. The Girl Most Likely To... is now available on DVD, so there's no reason not to take a look at this obscure gem.


TLA'S one word review: spunky



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