A funny and touching Kristen Wiig walks an acting tightrope in this dark comedy about a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who quits her meds and buys her own TV talk show after winning an $86million lottery jackpot.
Her show’s only subject, Wiig’s Alice Klieg uses her platform to rake over decades-old grievances, offer half-baked nutritional advice and even neuter her pet dogs live on air.
Welcome to Me doesn’t purport to be a serious study of mental illness – and it doesn’t make the most of its superb supporting cast, which includes James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins – but its satirical jabs at car-crash TV and the cults of vacant celebrity and extreme oversharing are timely and welcome.
Certificate 15. Runtime 84 mins. Shira Piven
Welcome To Me is available on DVD from Precision Pictures and on demand from Sky Store & Virgin Movies.