Morning Glory – Movie Review

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Morning Glory

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Ty Burrell, John Pankow, J. Elaine Marcos

Directed by Roger Michell

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 102 mins
Genre: Comedy
4 frames out of 5

Is your dream job really worth all the trouble?

New Jersey morning show producer Becky (Rachel McAdams) thought she was getting a promotion but instead was fired. Becky has dreams of working her way up to producer of the biggest morning show in America – The Today Show. Becky instead of wallowing in her vanishing dreams, she goes into overdrive and calls every news program and network possible to find her next job. After several rejections, she lands an interview at the #4 ranked morning show, Day Break. Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) interviews Becky and needless to say it doesn’t go the way Becky had hoped. While in the elevation, she meets one of the legends in broadcast journalism, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). Becky is awestruck and babbles away at Mike, amusing another passenger in the cart, Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson). As Mike grunts and leaves, Patrick offers Becky a bit advise about Mike… he’s the 3rd worst person in the world. Becky’s mood just keeps sinking lower after this encounter, but as she reaches the courtyard, Jerry calls to offer Becky the job of executive producer.

Becky is optimistic about this new position, but she quickly learns that she has her work cut out for her. All within the first day, she has to deal with a two-faced, diva of a news anchor, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton), she is sexually harassed by and fires co-anchor Paul McVee (Ty Burrell) and gets hit on by the handsome Patrick. With a new anchor spot to fill, Becky views dozens of reels, almost all of them are horrible. Becky is at her wits end, when it dawns on her that Mike Pomeroy is still under contract and has no work. She approaches Jerry and pitches him the idea. He informs he that the show is in danger of cancellation if she can’t get the ratings up.

Becky does her magic and somehow, persuades Mike to join Day Break. Can she keep the show together with out too much drama and bloodshed between the anchors? Can Becky set aside her work long enough to start and maintain a relationship with Patrick? Can she save the show and eventually realize her dreams about everything she works so hard for in life?

Morning glory

In a film that is produced by J.J. Abrams, has fantastic actors like McAdams, Ford and Keaton and a warm, funny and engaging storyline, this is so much fun to watch for the viewer. McAdams is charming and funny as she navigates through the murky waters of the morning show with such grace, being surrounded with such gargantuan egos of Ford and Keaton. If you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite news program, it’s a entertaining story of the insanity of television productions.

Things to watch for:
Great performances by McAdams, Ford & Keaton; Scenes between Ford and McAdams; On -Air banter between Ford & Keaton; Crazy stunts on-air.

Who should see this movie:
Fans of Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Ty Burrell, John Pankow, J. Elaine Marcos; Fans of J.J. Abrams projects

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD:
Both if possible

About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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