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Morning Glory: Needs More Caffeine

By Zaki JufriMovies - 24 March 2011 10:00 AM | Updated 25 March 2011

Morning Glory: Needs More Caffeine

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Stars: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton.

The Buzz: Morning Glory is directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, Persuasion) and produced by J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Star Trek, Fringe). Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (27 Dresses) has long been drawn to the trials, and triumphs, of young women finding their way--and themselves--in the workplace, which first came to the fore when she penned the hit comedy The Devil Wears Prada.

The Story: The world of morning television takes to the big screen in this romantic comedy. Morning Glory follows hard working TV producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams), whom after getting fired, hastily takes a job offered by Jerry (Jeff Goldblum) at ‘Daybreak’, a 4th placed morning show on that has seen better days.

Insing says: As the title suggests, Morning Glory is an endearing take on the workplace. Though neither reinventing the wheel nor mixing things up on the rom-com front, Morning Glory rather, sprinkles you with loads of saccharine-sweet goodness into your morning cuppa (albeit with a slightly acrid aftertaste). Screenwriter McKenna’s snappy script piles on the mush coupled with snarky humour and pointed satire that touches on the inner workings and chaos of broadcast TV. Not to mention that it’s also well-cast with some Hollywood heavyweights.

The spritely Rachel McAdams nails it in her perfect portrayal of a young and perky BlackBerry-toting television producer with optimism so unwavering that it’s almost scary. Although McAdams’ comedic timing is impeccable throughout, she does sometimes tends to overact, and that optimism and steely resolve of hers may pass off as annoying to some. Nonetheless, with this role, McAdams is really on her way to being the next American sweetheart.

Harrison Ford who plays the irascible grump, Mike Pomeroy, on the other hand, gives an under par performance as a veteran TV journalist whose past his prime. His high-and-mighty persona on screen makes him quite unbearable to watch at times although there are some inspiring moments. The catty chemistry between Pomeroy and Fuller is the main reason why you’re watching this flick in the first place, and they're played nicely by both actors.  Conversely, Diane Keaton though mostly side-lined throughout the film, plays a spirited role as talk-show host Colleen Peck and a foil to Ford’s Pomeroy.

Like a good cover song, this movie is enjoyable but mostly forgettable. Despite losing steam pretty much halfway, Morning Glory’s smart and sharp enough to keep us laughing without needing to resort to cheap laughs or gross-out gags.