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Morning Glory

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language, and brief drug references
Profanity:Some strong language
Nudity/Sex:Sexual references and non-explicit situations, references to porn and some kinky interests
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking, character gets tipsy, cigar
Violence/Scariness:Hunting scene with gun
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters
Movie Release Date:November 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 8, 2011

We love those disheveled but indomitable women of the television world, from Holly Hunter in “Broadcast News” to Mary Tyler Moore in her iconic 1970’s television series, Tina Fey in “30 Rock,” and Michelle Pfeiffer in the under-appreciated “I Could Never Be Your Woman.” Part Hermione Granger, part Cinderella, these are the girls whose hands were always raised in class turned women who inspire us with their determination, smarts, and skill. As Joan Cusack’s character says to Hunter’s, “Except for socially, you’re my role model.” On the outside, they may appear frazzled in a just-take-off-the-glasses-and-comb-the-hair-and-she’s-a-knockout mode. On the inside, they are super-capable, super-talented, and super-lonely. Hunter’s character scheduled crying time for herself each morning before spending the rest of the day keeping everyone on track and ahead of the competition.

And now there’s Becky (Rachel McAdams), dedicated, ambitious, addicted to her Blackberry — and about to be let go. When she’s called into a meeting with the boss, her colleagues are so sure it’s about a big promotion they have congratulatory t-shirts made. On the contrary. They love her, but in these days of tight budgets, they have other priorities. Becky’s mom (Patti D’Arbanville) is not encouraging. But Becky does not give up and soon she finds herself producing a network morning show (the good news) that is so awful half its viewers are “people who’ve lost their remotes” (the bad news). They cover stories like “Eight things you didn’t know you could do with potatoes” and chirpy interviews with celebrities.

Becky doesn’t get a very warm welcome. Co-host Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) greets her with “Enjoy the pain, Gidget.” The security guard tells her not to unpack. She has no budget. But she has an idea — the station has a contract with a legendary newsman named Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford playing a character somewhere between Walter Cronkite and Wolf Blitzer) who is currently being paid but not doing anything. She coerces him into sharing hosting duties with Colleen, and starts to shake things up.

Director Roger Michell shows the same gift for endearing light romance that he did in “Notting Hill.” Once again he has some sly, understated pokes at the media and some surprising cameos and clever lines. Ford and Keaton are pros who make their characters real and interesting and very funny. Patrick Wilson makes a sympathetic Prince Charming. But in every way the heart of the story is McAdams, who is a wonder, lit from within and utterly captivating.



  • http://www.examiner.com/movie-in-baltimore/tom-clocker Tom Clocker – Baltimore Movie Examiner

    Nell,
    I totally agree with you that the performances were spot on and Rachel McAdams is a true delight (would someone give her an Academy Award already!).
    My only complaints are the predictability and formulaic nature of the story. The foreshadowing is laid on thick and there are a lot of elements found in a ‘Comedy Writing 101′ workshop. That and I wanted a little more from the Pomeroy (Ford) character. Harrison played the guy perfectly, but he was still a little too superficial for me. And, yes, some of that was the point since he didn’t let people in, but I still was left wanting more from him.
    All in all, I’m calling it your average character centric comedy: a couple of laughs, some touching moments, great performances and an ok story. It’s enjoyable…just not that special.
    http://www.examiner.com/movie-in-baltimore/movie-review-morning-glory-7-out-of-10-review
    Thanks! Keep up the great reviews.

  • Alicia

    I’m not in a hurry to see this one, Nell. The previews have shown the same quip from Harrison Ford’s character against Diane Keaton’s character (that is clearly aimed at Katie Couric’s on-screen colonoscopy) so much that I already dislike the characters before seeing the film. Which is a shame because I like Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.

  • Shary

    This movie should have been called “Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing.” In a word, it’s boring unless you relish spending an hour and fifty minutes watching an overly cutesy Rachel McAdams babbling inanely and racing around like a madwoman. Ford and Keaton must be getting desperate to appear in this waste of money.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Shary! I think your views on the movie will depend on whether you think McAdams is overly cutely or just cute. I came down on the other side, but am glad to hear your thoughts, which will be very helpful to people in helping them decide whether they want to see the movie.

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