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Cyrus
     

Cyrus

Director: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill

Cast: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill

 

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Directed by mumblecore stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass, Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as John, a middle-aged lonely divorced guy who, as the film opens, gets dragged to a party by his remarried ex-wife (Catherine Keener) -- who remains his best

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Directed by mumblecore stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass, Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as John, a middle-aged lonely divorced guy who, as the film opens, gets dragged to a party by his remarried ex-wife (Catherine Keener) -- who remains his best friend. After a few clumsy, drunken passes at a variety of women, John encounters Molly (Marisa Tomei), an attractive single-mom who finds John's social awkwardness appealing. They hit it off, and quickly begin a tender new relationship. Problems soon arise in the form of Cyrus (Jonah Hill), Molly's twentysomething son, who has an off-puttingly close relationship to his mom. Soon the jealous Cyrus sets about trying to break them up, and John must figure out how to deal with this unhinged and unexpected rival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With Cyrus, mumblecore mavens Jay and Mark Duplass graduate to a cast of Oscar nominees and movie stars without sacrificing their idiosyncratic directorial voice. The movie stars John C. Reilly as John, a middle-aged, lonely divorced guy who, as the film opens, gets dragged to a party by his remarried ex-wife (Catherine Keener) -- who remains his best friend. After a few clumsy, drunken passes at a variety of women, John encounters Molly (Marisa Tomei), an attractive single mom who finds John's social awkwardness appealing. They hit it off, and quickly begin a tender new relationship. Problems soon arise in the form of Cyrus (Jonah Hill), Molly's twentysomething son, who has an off-puttingly close relationship to his mom. Soon the jealous Cyrus sets about trying to break them up, and John must figure out how to deal with this unhinged and unexpected rival. The key to Cyrus' success is the casting. There are few actors who can embody a well-meaning everyman like Reilly. His John is a schlump, but his essential sweetness is never far from the surface -- you never question why anyone as attractive as Molly would be interested in him. For her part, Tomei makes Molly's bond with Cyrus intense, without crossing the border into something incestuous. Without her hitting the right notes, the film could devolve quickly into a sick joke, or an audience-alienating exercise in deadpan comedic shock. The other key to keep the film from toppling over into overly disturbing territory is Hill. With his thick neck and big eyes, he resembles an infant -- a fact that helps keep any sexual tension from ever building. By maintaining a low-key comic sensibility while simultaneously expressing both John's and Cyrus' love for Molly, the movie feels populated with real people as opposed to writer's creations. This lack of artifice is exactly what the Duplass brothers strive for in their films, but it takes actors of exceptional skill to be charismatic when their characters aren't. By assembling a cast of established talents, Jay and Mark haven't created a crass attempt to reach a larger audience, but instead have fashioned a calling card that will attract great actors for their future projects, and help the duo maintain their indie cred for as long as they want.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
UPC:
0024543689539
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; With Two Exclusive Deleted Scenes Featuring More of John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill; ; Deleted Scenes "Puppet Movie" and "Cyrus Party"; Optional Introductions to Deleted Scenes by Directors/Writers Jay & Mark Duplass

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John C. Reilly John
Jonah Hill Cyrus
Marisa Tomei Molly
Catherine Keener Jamie
Matt Walsh Tim
Diane Mizota Thermostat Girl
Kathy Ann Wittes Ashley
Kathryn Aselton Pretty Girl
Jamie Donnelly Pastor
Tom Guinee Roger
Charlie Brewer Stranger at Reception
Steve Zissis Rusty
Newell Alexander Additional Voice
Steve Alterman Additional Voice
Mitch Carter Additional Voice
David Cowgill Additional Voice
Elisa Pensler Gabrielli Additional Voice
Bridget Hoffman Additional Voice
Edie Mirman Additional Voice
Michelle Ruff Additional Voice

Technical Credits
Mark Duplass Director,Screenwriter
Jay Duplass Director,Screenwriter
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Mustaq Ashrafi Makeup
Gianni Biasetti Stunts
Steve Christensen Set Decoration/Design
Michael Costigan Producer
Jay Deuby Editor
Michael Ellenberg Co-producer
Patrick Gallaway Stunts
Roemehl Hawkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Estreya Kesler Makeup
Ridley Scott Executive Producer
Tony Scott Executive Producer
Jas Shelton Cinematographer
Annie Spitz Production Designer
Chrisann Verges Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cyrus
1. Scene 1 [3:23]
2. Scene 2 [4:24]
3. Scene 3 [4:45]
4. Scene 4 [3:46]
5. Scene 5 [4:10]
6. Scene 6 [2:08]
7. Scene 7 [3:40]
8. Scene 8 [5:39]
9. Scene 9 [1:37]
10. Scene 10 [2:51]
11. Scene 11 [2:53]
12. Scene 12 [5:12]
13. Scene 13 [:49]
14. Scene 14 [4:41]
15. Scene 15 [4:51]
16. Scene 16 [2:55]
17. Scene 17 [1:53]
18. Scene 18 [2:35]
19. Scene 19 [5:41]
20. Scene 20 [3:08]
21. Scene 21 [1:52]
22. Scene 22 [5:50]
23. Scene 23 [5:05]
24. Scene 24 [2:10]

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