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Morning Glory

May 7, 2011

Mike Pomeroy: I’m not saying the word “fluffy”.

After hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is fired from a local news show, her career begins to come across as unwelcoming as her ill fated love life. Faltering into an employment at Daybreak, Becky decides to refresh the show by bringing on renowned TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). Regrettably, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show stories like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts, in addition to having to work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton), a past beauty queen and longtime morning show qualities, who is more than content covering morning news. So the rivalry begins…

I truly enjoyed this classy, lighthearted comedy. Having low expectations for this movie, I was pleasantly surprised! Aside from outstanding performances, this film also boasts J.J. ‘Star Trek’ Abrams as a credited producer. It is always a satisfaction seeing Abrams work, even if he isn’t the director. I’ve been a fan of Abrams since LOST and I continue to enjoy his work. But enough about Abrams, this movie is wonderfully directed by Roger Michell, who previously directed Notting Hill. Michell gives this film a very classy approach that doesn’t seem too modern, but it was a nice refresher breath from all of the usual modern movies.

One of the main reasons that Morning Glory works so well, is due to the stellar and unforgettable performances, not just from it’s leads, but from it’s supporting cast. While we all recognize that Harrison Ford is the real scene stealer in this one, with all of his one-liners, natural screen presence, and side-splitting camera reactions, I sincerely think that the true scene stealers were Ernie Appleby, Jeff Goldblum, and the short cameo from Modern Family’s Ty Burrell. Just the presence of those talented actors adds more charisma to what is already an extremely charming film.

The only reason that I didn’t love this movie was due to the pathetic story, which surprises me because it was written by writer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses), who wrote two of my favorite comedies. This bewildered me because so much of this film’s story was preposterously unnecessary, particularly the love story between Adam (Wilson) and Becky (McAdams). Their relationship was infuriating, meaningless, and downright impracticable. Aside from that, Morning Glory is delightful, witty, and jam-packed with great performances. I highly recommend this film.

Mike Pomeroy: You know what I’ve noticed, people only say “lighten up” when they’re gonna stick their fist up your ass.

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