Cyrus (review recommended by reader Matt of

Release Date:  10/10/2010 – Rated R

Starring: John C. Reilly (Step Bothers), Jonah Hill (Superbad)

Plot Summary:  John’s life is in the crapper.  He is still upset about his divorce, even though it was seven years ago.  His ex-wife, whom he is still friends with, is getting re-married soon; she feels bad for him and invites him to a party to try to meet a nice lady friend.  After striking out with a few chicks he takes his drunk ass outside to pee, and ends up meeting Molly.  They drunkenly bang and end up sort of dating.  She will never sleep over at his place, and always leaves in the middle of the night.  John ends up snooping around her house as he thinks something’s up; and ends up meeting her 21-year-old son, Cyrus.  To say Cyrus is a bit of a momma’s boy is an understatement, she is his only friend, and feels threatened that there is a new man in her life.  Cyrus then goes out of his way to drive the two of them apart so he can go back to having his mommy all to himself. 

Alex’s Thoughts:  Netflix advertised this as a comedy, so I thought “John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, this is going to be hysterical, why haven’t I heard anything about this.”.  It’s not funny, that’s why.  Not that it’s a bad movie, it just isn’t a comedy; nor is it a drama, really.  I honestly can’t define what kind of movie this is.  It had opportunities and situations to be funny, they just didn’t capitalize on them, instead using those moments to expand on the characters.   It might be worth a watch to those that like family stories, and despite some awful camera work, it is enjoyable.

Tim’s Thoughts: I am glad that I wasn’t the only one who hated the camera work. They were obviously trying very hard to not only be artistic with some amateurish filming, I thought they were also being elitist at denying the audience laughs. I understand wanting to do a serious look at a story that we have seen before, and this movie easily could have been an everyday shlocky “rom-com”, but the extent that they go to set up the jokes and then let them fall untold is Andy Kaufman like. I really enjoyed the acting, and I thought Jonah Hill was good playing off type, but this movie tries way too hard to stop its stars from shining, and I don’t know if it’s to prove a point, or if maybe they are just jerks who don’t want to make people laugh. Either do a drama, or a comedy, or even a dramedy, but don’t do this.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad movie, but not really a good one either. We both like artistic films and this one would probably fall into that catagory, but it still fails overall as either a comedy or a drama. Solid acting, but we’ve seen this story before and it has been done better.

Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim Rates This Movie 6/10 (It gets this high of a rating on the strength of the acting)

“You ruined everything you asshole.  You’re an asshole, asshole.” 

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