‘Morning Glory’: A Funny Workplace Comedy & Romance

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Movies that revolve around the stereotyped workplace seem to be catching a wave of popularity. One of the most “classic” movies in this category is Office Space, and for those of my generation, The Devil Wears Prada. While imperfect, I think Morning Glory holds its own in a sunshine-y kind of way.  

Morning Glory (2010) Film Review

Mornings are when Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) does her most brilliant thinking. Her job as a morning show assistant producer is hectic, to say the least. The next step in her plan is to get the coveted promotion of senior producer, only her boss must cut costs and instead, he fires her. Determined and plucky, Becky won’t let this stop her, so in spite of the shock, she pounds the pavement and earns herself a new position. The only opportunity she can find is executive producing the tanking Daybreak morning show. Becky takes on the challenge, despite warnings from upstairs producer Adam (Patrick Wilson), a man who becomes another complication.

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Soon after she’s hired, she fires the veteran but oh-so-annoying co-host, which immediately earns the attention of her co-workers. In his place she hires the Pulitzer Prize-winning, arrogant Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). This pits Becky at odds with co-host Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) who loathes the man. Now, Becky must not only prove her worth as a producer, one willing to turn around the failing show’s ratings, but also play referee to co-hosts who boil at the very sight of each other – all while trying to balance her life and decide what she really wants out of it.

Initial impressions of this I think, were that I’d be in for a colorful, happy time full of entertainment value. Or that was what I took away from trailers and fellow reviews on the whole of this delightful little story. I didn’t expect the story to change movie-making history or be wholly perfect, but I did enjoy nearly everything about this sunshine of a flick.

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Written by the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses (movies I am fond of), this takes on a likeness to those, but also delivers a fun vibe all on its own. Its premise takes place in the work place which makes for a funnier setting. Beyond the workplace, there isn’t much left over to dive into other ideas or story threads, plus the characters really don’t get much development. Rachel McAdams wins the viewer over, just as she does in any of her roles. I’ve heard that she is choosey about which parts she takes as well, so it’s somewhat of a surprise that each role I have seen McAdams in, is a character she makes her own, and so here, like any of her characters, I love her rambling Becky. morning glory

The rest of the cast is kind of “blah.” (In all likelihood because I’m not their greatest fans.) Rachel and Wilson are cute together, although their scenes are rare. Really, this is a cute treat that offers a heartfelt heroine that you cannot help but love even in her harried state plus the music is fabulous. Unlike most comedies that can leave you empty at the call of “cut!” this does have a tug to it that is… heartwarming. Perhaps it is all accredited to the script or its leading lady, but nevertheless its bright, cheeriness is hard to resist.

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‘Morning Glory’: A Funny Workplace Comedy & Romance. A review of the 2010 comedy with Rachel McAdams & Harrison Ford. Text © Rissi JC

CONTENT: There’s profanity such as uses of sh*t, Christ is misused along with other abuses of deity including GD. Plus there is one vocal f-word, a near miss of “mother f” and possibly two other inaudible uses. Mike uses crude dialogue and references male and/or female body parts a handful of times. Eventually Becky and Adam spend the night together; once they merely get into a state of undress and make-out before she dashes out the door. The film is PG13.

Note: this review was published in the archives five or more years earlier. Since moving to WordPress, 90% of the reviews, lists and articles need re-formats and/or other updates. Updated edits and changes to fit current formats have been made; it has also been updated with new photos, and republished.

This review was originally published October 24, 2011

About Rissi JC

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14 comments

  1. thanks for visting me, now following you. I absolutely adroe Rachel Mcadams, so i'll have to see this! :)
    Juliet

  2. I'm so thankful you always include the PG part!
    I don't think I would be allowed to watch a movie with stuff like that in it.
    But, other than that, it sounds like a really interesting movie!

  3. Juliet – Rachel M. is a really talented actress in my opinion. She sparkles in every role – whether its comic or dramatic. "Morning Glory" is definitely worth seeing; it's cute and perky but yet there is some heart involved in the story. (Plus, Rachel is just adorable in this role.)

    Thanks SO much for following me – I appreciate my followers very much! Feel free to visit often and share your thoughts.

    Cubette – you are welcome.

    Sure, I will be happy to post "Time Traveler's Wife" this week. It is in my drafts all ready for me to simply hit "publish," so I'll do that in the next couple of days.

    Rebekah – I can totally relate to you about being cautious in what one watches. I grew up in a household that was much the same. Unless it was pre-viewed by my mom, I never saw a PG13 movie when I was a young teen. Even now, as a young adult – and Christian, I still don't appreciate some of the inappropriate material.

    "Morning Glory" is adorable. It has some "crude" conversations, but otherwise, it's just adorable. =)

    Glad all three of you stopped in – don't be strangers. =)

  4. I love getting someone else's opinion with movie reviews….because commercials always make the movie appear worse than it actually is….I didn't know what to make of this one.

    As a young teenager, I also wasn't allowed to watch PG-13 movies, and even though I am older and can, I still won't do certain content. Know what I mean?

    But who knows, I might have to add this one =D

  5. Great review! I love McAdams and Wilson together – especially in 'The Wedding Crashers'. Also looking forward to seeing 'Midnight in Paris' where they are back together again.

  6. Ella – me too! I always read others reviews even if I've seen the movie because it's interesting to find out what other viewers thought of something – especially if it's an opinion I trust.

    "Morning Glory" is adorable but has its "issues." I don't know that it's any worse than your average PG13-rating though…

    I do know what you mean about "certain" material in movies. Generally speaking I steer clear of R-ratings because they are just… that bad! However I have the ClearPlay system, so that helps – a LOT. And, I've seen a handful of the R-rated movies I wouldn't have touched beforehand, and you know what? They've been "wonderful." =)

    Enjoy this one if you decide to rent it. I bought a used copy at the video store and just re-watched it – so cute.

    Danielle – thanks! Rachel is just great, isn't she!? I always love her performances. Not seen "Wedding Crashers," but did think about it when I found out she was in it.

    Actually Rachel's co-star in "Morning Glory" is Patrick Wilson, and it's Owen in "Midnight in Paris" and "Wedding Crashers." I think that "Midnight" looks quirky, but I'll likely rent it because of Rachel – have I mentioned that she's a fav actress!? lol! =D

  7. Raquel – this movie is too cute! Every time I watch it, I smile at the "perkiness" of it.

    Ahhh! You don't like Rachel!? I think she is just adorable – Harrison is totally hilarious in this role, so if you are a fan of his, you'd likely enjoy "Morning Glory." =)

    Thank you SO much for following my blog. It is very appreciated. Visit often. =)

  8. i have just watched the movie yesterday and it was sooooooo great.. i am in love with the character Adam Bennet played by Patrick Wilson. Rachel is sooooo sweet and lovely

  9. My thoughts exactly, Miss More! I love this adorable flick! And, Rachel is such a bubbly actress that her roles are always ones to look forward too. =D

    I am so glad you stopped into my blog – I hope you do so again soon.

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