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Welcome to Me (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 May 2015 (USA)
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When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.

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Shira Piven

Writer:

Eliot Laurence
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Wiig ... Alice Klieg
Wes Bentley ... Gabe Ruskin
Linda Cardellini ... Gina Selway
Joan Cusack ... Dawn Hurley
Loretta Devine ... Barb Vaughn
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Deb Moseley
Thomas Mann ... Rainer Ybarra
James Marsden ... Rich Ruskin
Tim Robbins ... Dr. Daryl Moffet
Alan Tudyk ... Ted Thurber
Kulap Vilaysack ... Grace Dao
Mitch Silpa ... Derek
Anelia Dyoulgerova Anelia Dyoulgerova ... Magda
Joe Roland Joe Roland ... Technical Director
Joyce Hiller Piven Joyce Hiller Piven ... Miriam Klieg
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Storyline

Alice suffers from borderline personality disorder, but she has what she needs in life. She has an apartment, she has a best friend, and she has tapes of every Oprah Winfrey show. And now, after winning the lottery, she also has 83 million dollars. What she doesn't have is an outlet for the whole world to know who she really is. The TV station cut her off when she tried turning her lottery announcement into a frank discussion of her sexual experiences, but with her money in hand, she's off to LA to convince two struggling TV producer brothers to produce her own TV show. Whatever it costs, she's going to do it. From swan entrances to dog neutering, she is going to introduce the world to Alice. But is the world ready for Alice? Written by Anne Campbell

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Alice is going to be on TV whether you like it or not

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bana Hoş Geldiniz See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitewater, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,920, 3 May 2015

Gross USA:

$608,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$636,819
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actress playing Kristen Wiig's mother is actually director Shira Piven's mother. See more »

Goofs

The winning numbers on the lottery ticket appear in the exact order they are called, but lottery ticket numbers are always in numerical order. See more »

Quotes

Alice Klieg: The reckless copulation of our animal kingdom leaves us with a "tis-nammi" of puppies and kitties. Over the next few weeks, I plan to neuter my *own* pets, and any pets any viewers would like to bring by the studio.
Rich Ruskin: [to Dawn in the control room] It's a public service.
Alice Klieg: [now masked with a dog on the table] As you can see, Godzilla is receiving a mixture of oxygen and isoflurane gas. It's really important, as you know, to remove all the hair from the penis and walnuts before we begin. Let's castrate...
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References The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) See more »

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ESP Switch
Written by Michael Farneti
Performed by Michael Farneti
Published by EastSoueth Group (ASCAP)
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There ain't nothing like it!
14 August 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I think the film "Welcome to Me" is not for everyone and I am not surprised that the reviews are rather divergent. It's certainly a strange movie and one that might or might not appeal to you-- probably depending on how much you are willing to watch a film that often makes you embarrassed and has a very, very dark sensibility.

When the film begins, Alice (Kristen Wiig) has just won the lottery. However, she is mentally ill and foolishly decides that now she's rich, she doens't need her medication any more. So, she stops taking it and soon is blowing through her many millions of dollars. What does she blow it on??? I self-financed TV show all about her! It has very little in the way of conventional structure and the show is crazy...and, oddly, people think it's good. I assume they think it's meant to be a comedy...but the crazy antics and total self- absorption they see IS Alice.

The film is a very interesting character study of a woman with a Borderline Personality--especially of one whose hold on reality is very tenuous and whose narcissism is extreme, even for a Borderline. I was impressed by this character as well as her psychiatrist (Tim Robbins) as it looks as if whoever wrote the film knew about mental health issues and/or consulted with mental health professionals. Usually in films psychiatrists and psychologists are more caricatures--goofy one-dimensional idiots. Robbins' character is realistic, however-- with appropriate borders and methods. As for Wiig, she was entrancing in this strange role.

I am not 100% in love with this film--it is, at times, tough to watch and its overall message is certainly strange and mixed. Also, I hesitate to recommend it to everyone because Miss Wiig does a nude scene in which she's VERY nude....so be forewarned. An interesting film to watch if you feel like you've seen it all.


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