Welcome to Me is powered by a phenomenal performance from Kristen Wiig as Alice Krieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder who starts her own TV show. She nails Alice’s complex character and even more complex psychology with a portrayal that is both heartbreaking and hilarious.
Eliot Laurence’s script is sensitive towards the reality of Alice’s condition, but ultimately struggles with what it’s trying to say.
Shira Piven directs well, particularly in her expressive navigation of the TV studio as a location, and gets the tone just right – a difficult thing to do in a film plagued by such extreme mood swings.
The supporting cast are excellent, particularly Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and Wes Bentley, but this remains the Kristen Wiig show. Welcome to Me deserves to be seen for her raw performance alone.
CAST: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Alan Tudyk, Jennifer Jason Leigh
DIRECTOR: Shira Piven
WRITER: Eliot Laurence
SYNOPSIS: When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.