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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Morning Glory

This critic just saw Morning Glory a few hours ago, and she's almost forgotten about it. But, that's not to say it wasn't an enjoyable 90-some minutes.

The credit goes entirely to Rachel McAdams, a viable candidate -- along with Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore -- for the position of America's sweetheart. (Surely, we can force Julia Roberts into retirement from that role.)

McAdams plays Becky Fuller, the pluckiest of heroines, in what could be called Broadcast News Lite. Becky enthusiastically takes on a thankless job as the executive producer of a tanking network morning show. Diane Keaton is underutilized as the female half of the anchor team, while Harrison Ford seems to be channeling Jack Donaghy with his odd, whispery voice. He compensates for the low volume of the voice by overacting. 

So, the movie rests squarely on McAdams' shoulders, and she manages to carry the weight quite well. Her love story with the character played by Patrick Wilson is underdeveloped, but that's explained away by her workaholic tendencies.

Can she save the morning show from getting axed? C'mon, what do you think? It's slight, but McAdams is a comic joy to watch. See it.

Morning Glory

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