Absolutely the worst movie.
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
The story-telling is good with flashbacks.The film is both funny and heartbreaking. You smile in a scene and get a soulcrushing revelation in the next.
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
First of: I LOVE Kristen Wig. She is a fantastic actress and so funny. She portrayed a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder exactly like it is.The main character winning the lottery and starting her own show was absolutely genius. But this movie did not go as expected. At least not for me. So when you watch this, let go of your expectation and just enjoy the show in a very literal sense. I couldn't really because I was waiting for something to happen. I can't give the movie away and I don't want the red spoiler alert, so I just can say the movie did not meet my expectations in the end. So in spite of the fantastic acting of everybody, the well done production and the good intentions, I will rate just 6 stars.
Charles Herold (cherold)
Welcome to Me is a distinctly odd movie about a woman with a boderline personality disorder diagnosis and millions of dollars in lottery winnings who decides to have a vanity TV show all about her. It's an interesting idea, and it kept my attention, but I feel it wasn't quite the movie it might have been.First off I'd like to talk about borderlines, because I've known a couple. Googling around I've found a few articles describing this movie as either a good or bad portrayal of BPD. Since BPD simply means you exhibit a large number of traits from a list (impulsivity, self-harm, etc.), Alice is acceptable as a borderline. And since being borderline can exist with other conditions, like depression or narcissism, you can't really complain about less typical borderline behavior.That being said, Alice doesn't seem like borderlines I've known, and lacks some commonly known BPD qualities. For example, borderlines are often very good at feigning normalcy. I once saw a BPD friend, ranting and raving after sneaking out of a psyche ward and trying to kill herself, instantly become calm and rational when the cops came to check on her. Many psychiatrists don't like working with borderlines because they can feel tricked when that patient convinces their doctor that they're fine now right before a suicide attempt. Alice, on the other hand, is just purely odd. And her oddness seems to come entirely from her mental illness. It is as though Kristen Wiig was so concerned with getting the symptoms right that she never thought about who Alice would be without her mental illness. But in truth, people with mental illnesses have traits that have nothing to do with being mentally ill (although some psychiatrists do try to fit everything about their patients into their diagnosis).Because of this, Alice is an interesting character but not a really compelling one. Meanwhile, the intriguing premise never quite gels. Is the movie a satire of celebrity and our fascination with trashy talk shows? Is it an attempt to portray mental illness? Is it an attempt to get laughs out of mental illness? I never really felt this movie had a vision, or a point of view. Like the main character, the story feels like it's a bunch of ideas stuck together rather than a cohesive drama.While the movie feels a little undercooked, I did enjoy it. Wiig may seem more like a mildly autistic narcissist than a borderline, and the story may feel unsubstantial, but it is amusing to watch Alice create her entirely peculiar show and get into weird dietary fixations. The movie may not make a coherent whole, but the pieces are pretty good in themselves.
I know I'm in the minority, but I was never a big fan of Kristen Wiig's characters on SNL. I enjoyed their quirky uniqueness, but her humor never made me laugh out loud or anything, especially the "hot girl who farts." I just didn't get it. But this movie has me wanting more Kristen Wiig. She was dead-on as the offbeat Alice, who is the epitome of borderline personality disorder. I found this movie on Netflix and gave it a chance when I saw it was a dark comedy about a crazy person who does crazy things. The dialogue was hilarious, as were the reactions of the rest of the characters, particularly the behind-the-scenes crew who produced Alice's "Welcome to Me." I adore the witty randomness of the dialogue. My favorite line of the movie was when Alice told a story from her past, "He told me, 'That's just how we do things in Gaithersburg, Maryland.'" This premise could've easily been over-the-top and irreverent, but it's brought down to a realistic level by excellent acting, and also by characters who are as real as Alice was, to me. (If you've never known anyone who's borderline to this extent, consider yourself fortunate - it's far more entertaining to watch a fictional story about it than to experience it in real life.)For example, Wes Bentley's Gabe, who's a little off-the-beam himself, admitting that he falls too deeply in love, and subsequently, gets involved with her. The Alices of the world always have their groupies. Again, the behind-the-scenes crew, including Joan Cusack, James Marsden, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, all react exactly the way most of us would to Alice's behavior. I adored their performances. This is one of those movies that I will watch again when I really need something to pick me up and make me laugh, even though it's not a "feel good" story. I didn't find Alice annoying, but lovable. However, I know well enough to run in the opposite direction when encountering one like her in person.Crazy lady wins the lottery and pays to produce a vanity show about herself. Love, love, loved it.
One of the more downright bizarre films you're likely to watch this year, this latest effort from the producing pair of Will Ferrell and Adam Mackay sees one of everyone's favourite female comedy leads Kristin Wiig as an even more demented version of King of Comedy's Rupert Pupkin to indifferent results that makes Welcome to Me a controlled train wreck that you can't help but watch.One of those comedy films where you almost feel too awkward or bad to even laugh, Welcome try's to walk the fine line between comedy and dramatics and when dealing with the anything but funny issue of mental illness (in which Wiig's Alice Klieg certainly suffers from) it's tough for a film to balance all the elements to combine a cohesive whole. While films like the aforementioned King of Comedy certainly did it and little scene films like Observe and Report straddled the line well, Welcome can't seem to bring the goods to the table needed to make both the antics of Alice's hilarious (live TV animal neutering anyone?) or her serious issues something we can care for, despite the best intentioned efforts of the daring and baring Wiig.We all know of Wiig's talents in the comedy field and with last year's Skeleton Twins in particular showcasing Wiig's chops in more serious pictures, it's good to see her once more try something outside the box. Wiig is arguably the films greatest asset and while things come and go on screen in a flurry of random developments, Alice's adventure as a lottery winner and makeshift TV show presenter is a site to behold sometimes for the right reasons and more often for the wrong reasons but its Wiig's commitment to the cause that makes us stick by and watch and while we never really get an understanding for Alice's true identity, Wiig certainly deserves a pat on the back.Without a second of a doubt too weird to connect to many more than a handful of viewers, Welcome to Me is a strange exercise exploring mental illness in the comedic medium that could've quite easily become something special on the back of Wiig's performance but ends up being a disappointingly unengaging journey to the deepest recesses of the bizarreness of the human condition and our ever thirsty want to feel relevant.2 recorded Oprah shows out of 5