Morning Glory

  • Year:2010
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Roger Michell
  • Cast:Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Patrick Wilson
  • Release Date:January 06, 2011
  • Distributor:Paramount
  • Running time:102 minutes
  • Film Worth:$17.00
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Amongst the big name cast, it’s Rachel McAdams that shines in this rom-com with substance.

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that Morning Glory, in which co-stars Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford play bickering TV show hosts, is a standard rom-com about two cranky geriatrics who eventually fall in love. But no! Writer Aline Brosh McKenna's smart, funny and endearing screenplay is all about showcasing its adorable young star.

Rachel McAdams plays Becky, an enthusiastic television producer who accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show programme with warring co-hosts. While sunny and exuberant, Becky is also a mildly neurotic workaholic who's unfailingly passionate about her floundering career. Somehow all this irrepressible enthusiasm doesn't come off as annoyingly perky; we're always rooting for Becky, even though people keep asking her if she's about to burst into song.

Take the scene of Becky's first day on the job, where she's overwhelmed by a barrage of questions. Does she have what it takes? Becky's steely, decisive approach proves that she does, and this is one of the film's many gratifyingly upbeat moments. Later, the story evolves to include the required romance with a hunky, fellow producer (Patrick Wilson). But it's the development of Becky's relationship with seemingly intractable host Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) that gives Morning Glory a surprising depth and complexity.

Ford seems to be phoning it in, playing yet another curmudgeon - in this instance, a renowned investigative journalist who has virtually been put out to pasture, and who feels that reading the morning news is beneath his dignity. (It is.) Yet, when he warms to Becky, culminating in a touching scene that they share, it reminds you that a lot of what Ford does only appears like he's not trying. Keaton is wasted in her sidelined role, given an insufficiently convincing arc and change of heart, but she's always great to watch, while Jeff Goldblum's small role is played to perfection.

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