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Morning Glory: Movie Review

Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Roger Michell
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, John Pankow, Ty Burrell, Matt Molloy
Released by: Paramount Pictures

In Short: Laughs are few and romance spotty in this woeful “romantic comedy” that takes place on the morning-show set of a fictional big network.

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No Need to Wake Up Early for This “Morning”

On paper, “Morning Glory” has a lot going for it, starting with the popular actors that star in the film. Leading lady Rachel McAdams is one of the most likable and charming performers working in movies today, and veterans Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum certainly have some terrific romantic comedies to their credit. Throw in a plot about a fictional big television network’s struggling morning show and its battling hosts, and it sure sounds like it could be the next “Broadcast News.”

But sadly, it isn’t even close. “Broadcast News” was nominated for seven Oscars back in 1988, and while it didn’t win, it is still one of the best films ever made about the television industry, with only “Network” being a serious contender for top honors. “Morning Glory,” however, joins “Switching Channels,” the dismal 1988 remake of “His Girl Friday,” at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford in Morning Glory Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford in Morning Glory

For “Morning Glory” cannot awaken either part of its “romantic comedy” moniker. It is not romantic, despite the fact that Becky (McAdams’ character) comes to the faltering IBS network “Daybreak” morning show as a new producer and immediately finds a perfect, gorgeous man (Patrick Wilson) to date. There’s no tension, no spark, just two pretty people who start to sleep together. And the movie is not comic, either, despite having Ford and Keaton as the two hosts who are at war with one another as well as a talented supporting cast.

Instead, the film is a slow slog through Becky’s less-than-scintillating journey to bring up the ratings of the show, a story filled with mean-spirited characters that have little or no emotional connection with the audience and give us almost nothing to laugh about. Actually, you’ll most likely find yourself wishing that the show would just get canceled already, which would put us all out of our misery.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters


(Updated: 11/10/10 CT)

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