Movie Review: Morning Glory: as Perky as Your First Cup of Coffee

If you’re looking for a fun movie with a few laughs that you can see with your mom and your girlfriends, Morning Glory is your huckleberry.  This light, perky, and upbeat film will keep you laughing and take you on a fun ride – if you don’t put too much thought into it.

“From director Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, Venus) and producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and writer Alene Brosh McKenna (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 “Day Break” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary 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 long time morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.”  As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer Adam Bennet (Wilson) begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.”  — Paramount Pictures

Morning Glory has it’s high and low points, though most of the low points are strictly due to the way some of the characters were written (or the way actors were directed to portray them).  For example, Harrison Ford’s character is obviously a grump and very serious, but he spends most of his screen time growling and scowling out his lines that are occasionally incomprehensible.  McAdams’ character is definitely relatable; she bungles, rambles, and is more than a little clumsy, not to mention very perky.  Unfortunately, her character portrays these attributes in a physical sense as well, with her bounding and hopping everywhere when on screen.  I just wanted to grab her, shake her, and tell her to relax!  The dialog manages to poke fun at her enthusiasm, though, which helped smooth over a couple of moments where I thought I was watching a Disney movie character just before she would begin to sing.  Speaking of music, the soundtrack to this film was pretty typical, playing a lot of light alternative and pop songs – but was all together pretty unremarkable.

Some of the best things about this film included Becky’s character (even though a little over the top); the relatability to her as she gets rambling, verbal diarrhea every time she’s excited/nervous hits close to home for every female on the planet.  Her need to make others happy and wear her heart on her sleeve was refreshing and occasionally mortifying.  Another high point was the chemistry that all these actors had together on screen, especially Keaton and Ford.  When they begin bantering back and forth, hurling insults both on and off air, the audience could barely catch their breath from laughing so hard.  Ford makes a terrific straight-man to Keaton’s off-beat and kooky character.  One thing I especially loved about this film is that while billed as a romantic comedy, it was actually more of a chick-flick comedy with a little romance thrown in.  Wilson’s character gets very little screen time compared to the rest of the gang, but what is there is quality enough to keep the hopeless romantics happy.

Basically, Morning Glory is a take on classic female-lead romcoms like Working Girl, Broadcast News, and Pretty Woman.  You’ve seen it before, but this version has it’s own twists and turns to add to the familiar ride.  Honestly, I expected a little more from this film considering it was a Bad Robot production with J.J. Abrams as a producer, but I guess everyone makes a movie like this a couple of times in their career.  Sometimes a little light comedy and uplifting girl-power humor is just what you need for a girls’ night out, and Morning Glory fits the bill quite nicely.

I give Morning Glory 3.5 “frozen cell phones” out of 5.

by Rachael Edwards-Hite

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