Morning Glory

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Overview

Produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Aline Brosh McKenna The Devil Wears Prada, director Roger Michell's comedic glimpse into the cutthroat world of live television finds a desperate female news producer Rachel McAdams attempting to put out the flames between an anchorman Harrison Ford and his blustery but iconic cohost Diane Keaton in a last-ditch effort to save their failing morning show. Jeff Goldblum co-stars in the Paramount Pictures production.
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Overview

Produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Aline Brosh McKenna The Devil Wears Prada, director Roger Michell's comedic glimpse into the cutthroat world of live television finds a desperate female news producer Rachel McAdams attempting to put out the flames between an anchorman Harrison Ford and his blustery but iconic cohost Diane Keaton in a last-ditch effort to save their failing morning show. Jeff Goldblum co-stars in the Paramount Pictures production.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Roger Michell and writer Aline Brosh McKenna ; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The key moment in Roger Michell's comedy Morning Glory comes when Becky Fuller Rachel McAdams, the ambitious, workaholic executive producer of the morning news show "Daybreak," argues with Mike Pomeroy Harrison Ford, her heavy-drinking, hard-news-only reporting anchorman. As the two stand by a catering tray, she points out that he's bran, and that their struggling program needs to be like a donut -- something people enjoy. When he sticks to his old-school no-fluff guns, she tells him that the war between entertainment and news is over and his side lost. That's a great hard truth for Mike to hear, but it also betrays how insubstantial, though often entertaining, this whole movie is. Written by Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, Morning Glory contains many of the same elements that made that earlier film a hit -- namely an immensely likable young woman thrust into a powerful position at work for the first time in her life. And Rachel McAdams does likable as well as anybody her age. She seizes on the character's intense drive, but never makes Becky anything less than adorable -- it's a movie-star performance, and that's good because the film needs something bright and shiny at its center to distract us from the fact that nothing important is going on. She's not the only welcome distraction. Director Michell keeps the scenes zipping along with welcome professionalism, making sure to get the most out of the big and small laughs peppered throughout the script, many delivered by John Pankow as Lenny Bergman, Becky's loyal right-hand man on the show. Jeff Goldblum also scores as the often-cruel network honcho who plucks Becky out of obscurity to head up his network's perennially fourth-place Today Show wannabe. And as a baby-faced middle-aged weather man, Matt Malloy makes stale gags like riding a scary roller coaster -- on the air no less -- work. Of course there's a love interest for our young heroine, and Patrick Wilson makes the most of that underwritten role. He exudes intelligence and confidence that mesh winningly with McAdams' nervous ambition. Plus they look beautiful together -- his blond Ivy League looks complement her fresh-faced, dark-haired cuteness. The big problem at the heart of Morning Glory is that, unlike McKenna's Prada script, our heroine is competent right from the get-go. The movie seems to be about a young career woman learning to have it all by surviving a trial-by-fire at the hands of an uncaring boss, but where Anne Hathaway's character in the earlier film learned something about herself, Becky is more or less unchanged by the end of the movie. She's more successful, but she hasn't learned anything about herself. Instead, the character who must undergo the transformation is Mike. Where Meryl Streep's boss from hell slowly revealed a wounded side, she didn't exactly change her behavior toward her underling. The emotional stakes of Morning Glory hinge entirely on if Mike the old fart will open up to his new boss, but since he's not the main character, the focus of the entire third act is misplaced. The finale comes down to a "Daybreak" cooking segment, and that's very apt because the movie is as enjoyable and as memorable as watching your favorite morning TV personality whip up a frittata.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • UPC: 097363522140
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Mike Pomeroy
Rachel McAdams Becky Fuller
Diane Keaton Colleen Peck
Patrick Wilson Adam Bennett
Jeff Goldblum Jerry Barnes
John Pankow Lenny Bergman
Matt Malloy Ernie Appleby
Patti D'Arbanville Becky's Mom
Ty Burrell Paul McVee
Vanessa Aspillaga Anna
Jeff Hiller Sam, Channel 9 Producer
Linda Powell Louanne
Mike Hydeck Ralph
Jerome Weinstein Fred
David Fonteno Oscar
J. Elaine Marcos Lisa Bartlett
Liz Keifer Jerry's Wife
Don Roy King Merv, Daybreak Director
Pepper Binkley Jerry's Assistant
Don Hewitt Sr. Joe the Cameraperson
Reed Birney Governor Willis
Carmen M. Herlihy Becky's Assistant
Noah Bean First Date
Jack Davidson Dog Walking Neighbor
Joseph J. Vargas Channel 9 Director
Mario Frierson Channel 9 Technical Director
Kevin Herbst Channel 9 Associate Director
Stephen Park Channel 9 Weatherperson
Adrian Martinez IBS Lobby Guard
Rizwan Manji Daybreak Producer
Jay Russell Daybreak Producer
Yvonne Finnerty Daybreak Producer
Rick Younger Daybreak Producer
Arden Myrin Daybreak Producer
Caroline Clay Daybreak Producer
Katharine Hyde Daybreak Producer
Allen Warnock Daybreak Producer
Welker White Daybreak Producer
Maddie Corman Daybreak Producer
Jeremy Beiler Daybreak Producer
Jonathan Forte First Intern
Kevin Pariseau Horse Teeth Reporter
Chris Sieber Groundhog Reporter
Lauren Cohn Crafts Expert
Jayne Houdyshell Stage Manager
Miguel A. Hernandez Jr. Editor
Alice Callahan Girl at Schiller's
Myles O'Brien IBS Anchorperson
Robert Caminiti Daybreak Associate Director
Stefani L. Cohen Daybreak Timing Production Assistant
Gray Winslow Daybreak Technical Director
Kristine Nielsen Fan
Paul Urcioli IBS Evening News Producer
Rosalynd Darling Daybreak Fan on Plaza
Gio Perez Second Intern
Steve McAuliff Animal Expert
Vincent J. Robinson Bagpiper
Bruce Altman Television Executive
Kathleen McNenny Television Executive
Jason Kravits Television Executive
John Bundy Magician
Elaine Kaufman Herself
Bob Schieffer Himself
Morley Safer Himself
Chris Matthews Himself
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Himself
Curtis Jackson Himself
Tony Yayo Himself
DJ Whoo Kidd Himself
Lloyd Banks Himself
Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
J.J. Abrams Producer
David Arnold Score Composer
Bryan Burk Producer
Sherryl Clark Executive Producer
Bill Corso Makeup
Marcia de Bonis Casting
Alex Digerlando Art Director
Dan Farrell Editor
Frank Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Kim Jennings Art Director
Alwin Küchler Cinematographer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Aline Brosh McKenna Screenwriter
Nick Moore Editor
Udi Nedivi Associate Producer
Tom Nelson Sound Mixer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Riedel Executive Producer
Mary Anne Spano Makeup
Michael Steele Asst. Director
Lindsey Weber Associate Producer
Steven Weisberg Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Morning Glory
1. Chapter 1 [6:58]
2. Chapter 2 [2:39]
3. Chapter 3 [5:41]
4. Chapter 4 [7:29]
5. Chapter 5 [3:29]
6. Chapter 6 [5:17]
7. Chapter 7 [7:30]
8. Chapter 8 [5:10]
9. Chapter 9 [5:20]
10. Chapter 10 [2:43]
11. Chapter 11 [2:02]
12. Chapter 12 [6:10]
13. Chapter 13 [5:11]
14. Chapter 14 [7:43]
15. Chapter 15 [3:52]
16. Chapter 16 [3:50]
17. Chapter 17 [7:56]
18. Chapter 18 [5:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Morning Glory
   Play
   Set up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: Français
      Audio Options: Español
      Audio Options: English Audio Description
      Audio Options: Commentary by Director Roger Michell and Writer Alie Brosh McKenna
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Español
      Subtitle Options: Français
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Roger Michell and Writer Alie Brosh McKenna
      Deleted Scene
         Shampoo Bottles
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    A Delightful, Thoughtful Comedy!

    I watched this movie because I am a fan of Harrison Ford, but I wondered "Why is Harrison Ford in a Romance Comedy." He put in a STUNNING performance as a curmudgeon. Harrison Ford did the best curmudgeon since Walter Matthau, and in many ways exceeds him. This film would have been nothing without him.
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    Still, the reality is that one person cannot carry a film. Fortunately, Rachel McAdams rose to the challenge. I cannot remember seeing her in other movies, but I will certainly look for her now. She is the new Meg Ryan. Without Ms. McAdams, I would have rated the movie two or maybe three stars. --And I think she will get even better!
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    The rest of the cast filled the ensemble completely, making me wish each had a bigger part. In particular, Jeff Goldblum pleasantly surprised me. I never would have thought to cast him in the role, but he took a small part and made it live. Bravo.
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    The writing was another wonderful surprise. The plot is "been there, done that" (Mary Tyler Moore) so it has to be carried by other elements. The scenes and characters were well developed and the dialog was the best I have heard in years. It is only at the very end that one discovers why the love interest is important to the story. Nice twist. One other technical point of excellence was the set dressing in Harrison Ford's apartment. The warmth and detail of the setting was an excellent counterpoint to the curmudgeon who lived within.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Energy

    There is nothing special about this movie.
    Predictable story, and an especially wooden performance by Harrison "I should retire" Ford.
    What saves this movie is the energy Rachel McAdams brings. She is in every scene, and should be, becuase without her, this movie sits on the video store shelf and collects dust.
    P.s.
    She's got a great ass as well.

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