Excerpt: After losing her job at a small local morning program, Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is hired as the executive producer of "Daybreak," the worst-rated morning show on network television, and immediately find a new co-host for the show's disagreeable host Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton).
Excerpt: For Becky, running a TV show in New York City was the big break she dreamed of... until star co-anchors Mike and Colleen declare an all-out, on-air war. Making the show work with its cast of eccentric characters and outrageous story angles will take a major miracle, but Becky is ready to rise and outshine.
Excerpt: It’s imperative Morning Glory carries a likeable, cute, spunky lead, because she’s playing off one miserable old man. Rachel McAdams fits the role of overworking, enthusiastic morning show producer to a tee, and Harrison Ford settles in as the gravely voiced, experienced, egotistical co-anchor. They drive this breezy narrative, morning shows a unique platform for a feature film to spring from.
Conclusion: 'Morning Glory' features a high-voltage cast, but only Rachel McAdams generates any real electricity in this spirited but over-the-top look at the frenetic, high-stakes world of morning television. Her dimensional performance is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise tiresome, predictable comedy that rarely lives up to its potential. Good video and audio ease the pain, but a very weak supplemental package drives down the value of the disc.
Excerpt: The Movie For me, Morning Glory shoots itself in the foot in the very first scene, a first date for main character Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams). In one of those unrealities that only occurs in movies aimed at twenty-something women, apparently smart, high-energy, upbeat, achingly gorgeous girls with interesting jobs can't get dates... because their cellphones ring during dinner. Impossible for a movie to recover from?
Conclusion: Morning Glory may very well be the epitome of the modern happy-go-lucky Comedy. No raunchy sex, no R-rated jokes, nothing at all in bad taste; it's a rare sort of movie these days, one where characters -- flawed in some way but nevertheless likable -- make the movie, where they're painted as extremes but nevertheless find their way into audiences's hearts. There's no mystery, no wondering if everything will turn out alright in the end.
Excerpt: Few actors have a narrower range than Harrison Ford. He doesn’t do accents. He doesn’t emote. He can’t be expected to display any real exuberance. Yet within that range, he can be immensely appealing: irascible yet charming, with a rogue’s smile. It’s been a while since Ford has been cast properly—or, let’s face it, has looked engaged in what he’s doing—but as a grizzled Dan Rather type in the smart, generously entertaining comedy Morning Glory , he reconnects to his...
Excerpt: The Hollywood comedy formula gets a bad reputation, but that's only because it's so often done poorly. When a movie sticks to the status quo and does it right, hitting the story beats you're expecting with wit and grace, it can feel as thrilling as watching something wholly original, like seeing a trapeze artist land on a platform you knew she'd reach all along.