Excerpt: “Cyrus” isn’t very funny. Which is weird, since it’s being marketed as the latest – and greatest – outrageous comedy with “funny” stars like John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill . The folks at Fox Searchlight seem to think that their production of this Duplass Brothers feature is “Stepbrothers 2: Rise of the Evil Stepson” (an entirely fictitious film that “Cyrus” certainly is not), and that’s sort of odd because, even though “Cyrus” isn’t all that funny, it’s still a pretty...
Excerpt: Still single seven years after the breakup of his marriage; John has all but given up on romance. But at the urging of his ex-wife and best friend Jamie, John grudgingly agrees to join her and her fiancé Tim at a party. To his and everyone else's surprise, he actually manages to meet someone: the gorgeous and spirited Molly. Their chemistry is immediate. The relationship takes off quickly but Molly is oddly reluctant to take the relationship beyond John's house.
Excerpt: The Movie A divorced loser (John C. Reilly) meets the pretty, totally cool single mom of a loser son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), in this dark, independent comedy. Cyrus is a home-schooled, aspiring musician who has grown to be rather twisted and manipulative, useful traits since most of the people in his life are so modern and healthy and open, at least on the surface.
Summary: Brothers, co-writers, and co-directors Mark and Jay Duplass ( Baghead , The Puffy Chair ) are founding members of the barely-there American indie movie movement that has since come to be called "mumblecore." The emphasis here is on a low-budget D.I.Y. aesthetic, often coupled with dialogue-driven narratives about awkward interpersonal relations amongst the hip, young, and/or restless.
Conclusion: 'Cyrus' may feel like it doesn't reach a complete catharsis at the end, but what relationships due? They always leave us wanting more (if they were good ones) and no matter how long we live and love someone, nothing is ever tied up into a perfect conclusion. Maybe that's why I like 'Cyrus' so much, yes it's funny, the actors are fantastic, the directing is top-notch, but above all else it just feels real.
Summary: A well-made movie with a basic plot is carried solely on the performances. All players keep the movie going, are realistic enough to care about, quirky enough to be interesting, but not so over the top as to be a turn off. This is something you can watch with the little woman and not have to sit through the typical romantic comedy dribble. Probably not much replay potential, and with the sparse extras, this may be one to check out as a rental.
Excerpt: Cyrus is a seriously funny film. Now, normally, you shouldn’t need to be told that a film is funny – it should be self-evident, and certainly as far as Cyrus is concerned, the comedic potential of the film is abundantly clear from the trailer and from an outline of the situation – but, it seems to be the case more often now that films do indeed have to make their premise as broad and as wacky as possible in order for the audience to register that it’s supposed to be a...
Excerpt: The plot of the Duplass’ brothers new film, Cyrus , is not exactly original. The idea of having a son go to war with his mother’s new boyfriend has been seen many times and is, frankly, a tired dynamic. Yet they pull it off anyway. Thanks to wonderful aesthetics, great characters and an ability to capitalize on its own awkwardness, Cyrus makes an old cinematic conflict seem fresh. John (John C. Reilly) is a self proclaimed lonely guy.
Excerpt: The writing-directing brother act of Jay and Mark Duplass were a breath of fresh air when they emerged from the micro-budget indie-film movement five years ago, largely because their semi-improvised slacker comedies The Puffy Chair and Baghead actually aimed to entertain, not just to document the quirks of inarticulate post-grads.