Miriam is a “TV ugly” college girl. Her clothes are padded to make her look fat, and she needs a new hairstyle, brow wax, and false eyelashes. She also is the target of bullies at her college, at an age when people really should have better things to do. Guys keep pretending to want to go on dates with her, only to humiliate her. When one of their pranks goes too far, she gets in a terrible car accident, but wakes up beautiful after a bunch of plastic surgery and being on the “my jaw was wired shut for months because it was broken” diet.
Many people might enjoy this chance at a new life as a beautiful person, but with the heart of a person who has been ugly enough to have to work hard at forming a personality. I mean, nobody would be able to take advantage of you in that situation, because you would have already seen people at their worst, so the world would be even easier for you to manipulate than someone born beautiful, right? I’m average looking, and I’m okay with my face, but still sometimes I fantasize about how a car wreck could mean I got a new nose and chin for free!
Well, it seems the last prank was the one that drove Miriam over the edge, so she can’t enjoy her new face the way some of us would. As soon as she’s released from the hospital, before she even makes it out of the building, she’s murdered a doctor who pretended to want to go to bed with her back when she was “ugly.” And from then she goes after her old roommate who messed up her acting debut, an old boyfriend who dumped her for someone better looking, and that guy who played Crunch Buttsteak/Gristle McThornbody/Big McLargehuge in Space Mutiny, among other college foes. Too bad the one person she connected with on a deeper level when she was the old Miriam is now the detective who is about to figure out that she is a serial killer!
The Girl Most Likely To… is a pretty funny black comedy, even though it’s hard to believe that college guys would take time out from their busy schedules of drinking beer and getting laid to waste time pretending to like a girl just to humiliate her. I mean, I thought that bullying shit stopped around the time everyone got cars in 10th grade, but should I really be looking for reality in a 70s TV comedy? Recommended for Stockard Channing’s performance as Miriam, who is a character I would have liked to know in college even before her plastic surgery. But then, I am a nerd. We are the champions, right? Clap your hands everybody…
I guess I have to be the one to point out that Joan Rivers wrote this witty screenplay about someone who became a monster after having plastic surgery, and then went and got so much plastic surgery that she’s known more for having surgery than for anything else in her entire career. I think she should have stuck with screenwriting; she was pretty good at it.