THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

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

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

WELCOME TO ME (20!5)


Double feature wraps up with #59, Welcome to Me. Kristin Wiig has done a lot of indy film work since leaving SNL. Some are dreary and hard to watch (Hateship Loveship), others are well off the beaten trail and have value (The Skeleton Twins with Bill Hader). And then there's this one. Definitely not a mainstream film, Wiig is Alice, suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. She is in therapy and taking meds. But then she happens to win $80 million in the Cali lottery and everything changes. No more meds, a move to live in a casino and one more thing - her own TV show. She approaches an infomercial production company having financial problems and offers them $15 million to produce her own show about - her! As this show evolves we of course see a lot of humorous material. But no doubt that Alice is suffering from a mental illness. There are a lot of uncomfortable and painful scenes to watch as "Welcome to Me" the TV show airs. This film does not take the standard Hollywood storyline - she does not become a national sensation, she does not become better because she is seeking truths on TV. She's a mentally ill person buying her way onto television. Wiig is so close to teetering over a line here - but she doesn't. This is a tightrope walking performance that works. And a solid supporting cast - James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk - helps a lot. This is not for all tastes - if you like films that try different and challenging things, you should take a look at this.

TLA one word review: unique