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Morning Glory

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Morning Glory

From director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill,” “Venus”), producer J.J. Abrams (Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “Star Trek,” “Fringe”), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “27 Dresses”), comes “Morning Glory,” a new romantic comedy set in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star, along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum. When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts, let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality, who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel. And soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself. — (C) Paramount

 

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One Review for “Morning Glory”

  1. Fini Goodman says:

    The movie this week is Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford. The plot is centered around an up and coming news producer (McAdams) who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be the executive producer of a major network morning news show a-la Good Morning America and has to deal with the huge egos of the show’s stars who are ruining the program. The network she works for is called IBS: insert fart joke here.

    Harrison Ford gives one of his best performances in recent years as Mike Pommeroy, the bitter washed up Dan Rather type who used to be a great evening news anchor but because of scandal, has lost his credibility. IBS forces him to do their morning fluff show. For Pommeroy, this is a daily humiliation. Diane Keaton is a delight as the Katie “Megawatt Smile” Couric-like co-host. They form a morning show team like Regis and Kathie Lee from Hell.

    Society knows too much about our athletes, entertainers and politicians. We know everything about Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and the budding romance between Sean Penn and Scarlet Johansson (I know-ewwww.) We know way too much about Sarah Palin and Joe Biden and we know way, way, way too much about Brett Farvre and his penis.

    With the way the media has been imploding these past few years methinks we must know every detail about the personal lives of the people who disseminate information to us. If they are alcoholic (not to accuse Chris Matthews but….) or they party and date much younger men like Katie Couric or Anderson Cooper, shouldn’t we know every lurid detail about their promiscuity? Maybe there should be a test for mental stability (see Olbermann, Keith. 51/50) or a drug test (see Totenberg, Nina/or all of NPR for that matter) or if they have poor grooming habits like Candy Crowley, Ed Schultze of Christianne Amanpour, enquiring minds must know!

    Not to get preachy, but we are getting our information from these idiots: we base our hopes and fears on their words. We make financial decisions, travel decisions, dating decisions and even what movies we see based on what these people tell us. They have the power to create a president out of a moron or destroy a perfectly competent politician because she is a threat to the narrative they have become personally invested in creating. On that basis alone the personal lives of our news disseminators must be held to the same scrutiny that we have for Cher & Chas, Christina Aquilara, Rocker Joel Madden & Nicole Richie, Larry ”Wide Stance in the men’s room“ Craig, Barry Bonds or even Billy Graham. Thank God the media did its job letting us know the damage Marv Albert’s teeth, lingerie and hair piece did to a call girl and Pat O’Brien’s nostrils did to a line of blow but we need more than a story or two every other decade about a horny or high sport’s caster.

    Getting back to Morning Glory: it is an amusing but ultimately uneven comedy. Ford is great as Pommeroy but the rest of the film is…ehhh, you know. Not so much (like Brett Farve after a swim in a cold pool.)

    Watch it if you want to half watch something, like you’re taking care of a baby, cleaning the oven or if you’re being intimate with your husband and you want something on in the background to take your mind off of it. It’s an OK flick but I wouldn’t devote all of my focus to it. It gets 2 ½ Finis.

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