The Girl Most Likely To... (1973)
Stockard Channing stars in this Joan Rivers scripted TV movie. Miriam (Channing) is ugly and at her latest college. She is desperate for friendship and love but gets only cruel mockery and bullying. There is elaborately eloquent dialogue. After being bullied and ill-used one time too many she gets into a car accident and is made beautiful via plastic surgery. She carries out profound and discomfiting revenge on her tormentors. This black comedy is a pleasant surprise. Larry Wilcox plays Moose a dumb doomed football player. Her bimbo roommate Heidi is a leotard wearing funky chick with an exercise machine.
One looks at the fashions and bullying with horrified disbelief. The ending is not good. The characters are self-involved people with bad impulse control. They all got got for their reprehensible acts and unnecessary lack of class. This was edgier and more intense than some TV movies of the 1970s. This goes at full pelt from the start. Miriam sports various accents, wigs and silly outfits as she stalks her prey.
The victims meet their deaths with dim incomprehension, for example Heidi is tricked into doing a backflip out a window. There is hideous 1970s wallpaper. The police have complacency and blandness. This is unabashedly camp and a weird cop looks into the strange goings on. Annette O’Toole pops up as a mean girl. While this does not have socio-political importance matchless in popular culture, it is okay.
“I’m not sorry for what I did. I have no regrets.”
“I was also very lonely.”
“While I was engaged to him his wife became pregnant again, so I figured he wasn’t sincere.”
“The only cheerleader who can do 35 flipflops in a row.”
“Is there a bed under all this?”
“You can count to 15 can’t you?”
“I’ll never forgive him for getting himself killed.”
“The marching band is going to form a coffin.”
“Big dumb son.”
“It’s not like we lost a good friend.”
“Put her down real heavy.”
“All killed by the same mysterious woman.”
“The times we had played doctor and he insisted I be the receptionist.”
“Thank you, we gave already.”
“I’ve seen it done to a toilet before but never to a person.”
“You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.”
“I will if you join me.”
“That way if we’re careful, I can return it on Monday.”
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