Sunday, November 28, 2010

What's the story with "Morning Glory?"

By Tiffany Young
Still in theaters, with only two showings a day at the small movie complex in Texarkana, Texas, this movie starring Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton combines romantic comedy with the world of journalism.

While not a very original idea, the way it is done changes the plot from being about how demanding bosses in the journalism world are to how media is changing--a little fluff thrown in can improve ratings even if die-hard journalists still want to cover real news.

Award-winning TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford) is finagled into being on Day Break a morning news show that TV Producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is attempting to save from being pulled off the air.

Pomeroy is cranky and resists helping Fuller in any way, but since she is the only one giving him a chance to do what he loves, he eventually comes around to seeing things, well, not exactly her way, but perhaps he'll loosen up a bit and go along with some of her ideas to keep the station going.

Colleen Peck (Keaton) is ready for a new co-anchor, but when she finds out Pomeroy is going to be starring beside her, a battle begins of who does which segments and whose dressing room gets what. Peck tells Fuller from the beginning she doubts she will be able to change the station's success, but begins to see change first-hand and backs her up by trying new things, such as handling animals on the show, for better ratings.

Meanwhile, Fuller, who has always had her sights set at the top is finally finding love from Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson), a man who has also worked with the difficult-to-deal-with Pomeroy. But Fuller's work has always been her life and she just can't seem to give that up, leaving the audience to wonder if this newly blossoming romance can withhold her obsession with answering her phone at all hours of the night and watching the news during conversations.

This underdog's tale of people who must overcome themselves to help each other out is filled with funny moments and is definitely a good way to spend an hour and a half forgetting one's own problems to be inspired. Knowing life is not always about your own is a message often overlooked by movies that focus more on the negativity that can be found at some news organizations.

A light-hearted film with funny moments, cute cliches and a little romance on the side.

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