Sunday, February 2, 2014

Morning Glory (2010) [PG-13] ****-

Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is a young, workaholic television producer who has just been laid off from her local news program. But when she convinces IBS network executive Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) to hire her to revive Daybreak, the least-watched national morning news show, Becky is sure that it's a stepping stone to her ultimate dream job as a producer on the Today show.

Becky starts by firing Daybreak's crude, sexist co-host, and convincing Jerry to replace him with legendary IBS network news anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), teaming Mike with Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton), Daybreak's seasoned female co-host. Sadly, Mike's unwillingness to report the typical morning show soft news, and his inability to work with Colleen and Becky, threatens to end Daybreak and Becky's career, as well as her blossoming romance with fellow producer Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson).

Written by Aline Brosh McKenna (Laws of Attraction, The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses), Morning Glory feels like a series of comic vignettes, somewhat derivative and inconsistent in quality, connected by a broadcast television theme, with a romance tacked on as an afterthought. Missing is a strong, character-driven story, a smooth story arc, well-developed characters and dramatic tension. While the performances from McAdams, Ford, Keaton, Goldblum and Wilson are entertaining, there is nothing in Morning Glory that we haven't seen before. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of Rachel McAdams (The NotebookState of Play, The Time Traveler's Wife, Sherlock Holmes), you won't want to miss Morning Glory

Labels: comedy, drama, romance    
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 57/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=60, viewers=66)    

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