What do you get when you take a very attractive young woman, obsessed over her work as a producer for a morning show as well as trying to juggle a personal life? You get Morning Glory, a hilarious and heartwarming film from the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada.
Rachel McAdams stars in the film as Becky Fuller, a young morning show producer fired from the small New Jersey production she has been with for years and in turn takes an executive producer job at the fourth ranked morning show DayBreak. She butts heads with one of the co-anchors, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and fires the creepy Paul McVee (Ty Burrell).
In need of a new co-anchor, she convinces former journalist legend Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) to take the job in order to continue getting paid by the network. Things turn more complicated when their network executive Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) tells Becky that if ratings don’t improve, the show will be canceled. Also, she starts to fall for another co-worker, Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson), who tries to convince Becky that there is more to the world outside of work.
McAdams shines in her role as Becky, playing the role with the quirks and wholesomeness that you definitely don’t see in broadcast television today, giving such an optimistic performance that really carries the film. Ford also does great in this film, giving him one of his few comedic roles in years. While he is mainly the straight man in the film, his stubborn character provides a majority of the laughs throughout the feature.
Morning Glory might not be tearing up the box office, but the film should be a cult classic for years to come. While most workplace comedies either are real funny in either the workplace or in their personal lives but not both, this film is one of the few that excel in both areas. Each character is a little bit neurotic, but have different qualities that make you want to root for each and every character and want to see them succeed.
Overall, you won’t be disappointed seeing this film. The holiday weekends are upon us and while this film might not be for everyone in the family, it should definitely be a movie to catch.
Final Grade: 8.0/10