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|CYRUS (directors/writers: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass; cinematographer: Jas Shelton; editor: Jay Deuby; music: Michael Andrews; cast: John C. Reilly (John), Jonah Hill (Cyrus), Marisa Tomei (Molly), Catherine Keener (Jamie), Matt Walsh (Tim); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Michael Costigan; Fox Searchlight Pictures; 2010)|
|"Lacks energy and seems more creepy than
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A slacker romcom written and
directed by the
brothers Jay and Mark Duplass ("Baghead"/"The Puffy Chair"), that never
picks up momentum and becomes a slow slog to nowhere.
Middle-aged freelance editor John (John C. Reilly) is a depressed loser, who
has been in a tailspin ever since his professional together wife Jamie (Catherine Keener) divorced him seven years
ago. Jamie, who remains friends with her ex, is set to marry the bland
Tim (Matt Walsh). The couple convince the schlub to
accompany them to a cool LA party and meet some women. At the party
John meets the hot looking sweetie Molly (Marisa Tomei), and they have sex. Things go well, since
she digs that John is so open and he's crazy about her. Problem arises
when John discovers Molly is a single parent with a 21-year-old
overweight, overbearing, idler son named Cyrus (Jonah Hill). The wannabe unemployed musician, with an
unnatural attachment to mommy, schemes to break up the relationship by
acting sincere and friendly but underhandedly he undermines the
relationship by telling lies because of his oedipal issues.
The loosely associated with mumblecore
filmmakers venture into mainstream territory with this commercial pic,
one that fails to improve with better actors and production values. It
stubs its toe because it lacks
energy and seems more creepy than funny. Its perverse sitcom doings
never bring out much that's more than mildly interesting, though it
raises questions about the strong women stuck with weak men. It seems
to be asking if the weak parasite men can only bring down any
relationship. But the script is too limp and undeveloped to do anything
with the questions raised.
REVIEWED ON 12/5/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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