With John’s social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcée finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life – her son. 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. Perplexed, he follows her home and discovers the other man in Molly’s life: her son, Cyrus. A 21-year-old new age musician, Cyrus is his mom’s best friend and shares an unconventional relationship with her. Cyrus will go to any lengths to protect Molly and is definitely not ready to share her with anyone, especially John. Before long, the two are locked in a battle of wits for the woman they both love-and it appears only one man can be left standing when it’s over. [Written by Fox Searchlight]
I fell for the false television advertising and assumed I would be watching some inappropriate potty-mouth humor, and the very beginning of the movie went along with that theme very well. Soon thereafter, I realized that this movie was serious, and the elements in it were seriously well done.
John C. Reilly has never been [from what I know of] anything more than a Will Ferrell-esque funny guy, but in this movie he gets a change to show his dramatic abilities as he gets a character who actually develops throughout the movie, unlike anything else I’ve seen him in. The other actors do a good job as well, including another first time serious performance from Jonah Hill, and a somewhat softer than usual role for Marisa Tomei. It is kind of hard at first to give this movie a real chance, because the two leading actors are both comedians, and their appearance adds to their comedy in their other roles, but this movie really did surprise me with how well these performers actually performed.
The editing was also something that helped the feel of the movie. With its unsteady camera and mid-scene depth changes, a sort of real and human mood is given, allowing the audience to feel more for these characters and their situation. There are no sort of effects throughout the entire movie, which is good to see these days, and yet you don’t miss any of those fancy techniques. A lot of directors and cinematographers over-do this type of style, but Cyrus really pulled it off.
The story was semi-predictable, but it was also semi-new. You can pretty much predict how any and all movies progress and end these days, but this one was alright. It was also a shorter movie, only 90 minutes, and I think that is also something that many movies these days do, is drag on and not really accomplish anything. This movie gets its point across, and gives the viewers only what they want and need to see.
My Rating [See it, Rent it, Skip it]
I’m a little late on this movie, it came out a few months ago, but it was a limited release, so maybe it will end up coming back for a full release. Regardless, I give this a See It. It was not what I expected coming in, but I was very pleasantly surprised.