Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
November 13, 2010 Morning Glory
Studio: Bad Robot Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language and brief drug references.
"Morning Glory" tells the story of Becky (Rachel McAdams). She's an up and coming news producer for a local morning tv show in New Jersey. But Becky gets some unexpected news and finds herself out of a job.
Desperate to get back into the business, Becky applies for a bunch of positions...and winds up getting hired to work on the morning show of the last place network.
With almost no budget, she starts revamping the operation. One thing she wants to do is hire a legendary network newsman as a co-anchor. But Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) isn't too excited about coming on board.
However, because he's contractually obligated, Pomeroy joins the staff, but he clashes with everyone, including his co-anchor, played by Diane Keaton.
"Morning Glory" is a fairly, formulaic comedy, with a dash of romance thrown in. It's McAdams' first opportunity to anchor a movie...and her quirky Becky is likable...and someone you want to win. Ford's role as the elder curmudgeon has him growling for much of the movie, but I liked watching his hard-edged anchorman eventually soften and warm up to his new boss.
There are funny and touching moments in the film. I wouldn't say it's the most realistic portrayal of a newsroom that I've ever seen, but I have to admit I recognized a few of the characters from people I've run across in my own career.
On my rating scale, "Morning Glory" earns a DOUBLE.
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