Morning Glory Movie Review
MORNING GLORY: CUTE BUT MOSTLY FLUFF
Morning Glory is about a young and eager girl trying to make it as an executive producer in the morning talk show world. It is predictable without a a lot of depth. But a cast that include Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton keep it going and makes it fun.
Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) has just been let go of her job as an executive producer for a New Jersey morning talk show. It is her dream to work on a show such as Good Morning America. After looking high and low, she finally lands a job in the city as executive producer for Daybreak. Her first order of business is to find a new co-host for Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton). She looks to Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) who is under contract but hasn't been utilized because of his antagonistic personality. Becky tricks him into being the new co-host, but he refuses to do any stories that are not up to his standards. And when Becky finds out she has got a limited amount of time to get the ratings up or the show is canceled, she has to do everything she can to get Mike to cooperate.
Morning Glory is barely a step above a standard romantic comedy. It has a predictable storyline with a happy ending. A hapless awkward girl finds the perfect man for her while doing her dream job. It would be ho-hum if it weren't for the highly talented, likable cast. Rachel McAdams has got versatility. She can be a mean girl, a smart reporter, and in Morning Glory she is the workaholic who is hopeless in all other aspects of her life. Her character is easy to root for. Diane Keaton is the bitchy co-host who keeps the show running despite her hatred of her new on air partner. And Harrison Ford is the crotchety esteemed news anchor who obviously is hurting and is all alone. The movie was filmed in New York and New Jersey where they are set. But its all about Becky's transformation as she goes from sloppy suits, low pumps, and messy ponytails to sleek hair, well fitting clothes and Christian Louboutins.
Just a little more effort into the story makes for a better plot if not everything works out. Morning Glory will soon be forgotten with its inevitable plot. But the appealing cast makes it fun while it lasts.