After being laid off from Good Morning New Jersey, Becky (McAdams) is offered a job at the perennial last-place morning show Daybreak. Now, she’s trying to balance her love life against faltering ratings, “prima donna” talent (Keaton) and one gruff, intractable newsman who is the key to turning it all around (Ford). A predictable but intermittently funny romp through the morning news.
I originally pegged Morning Glory as a rom-com, but it doesn’t fit that category, if only because the “romantic” part felt so flimsy. Wilson and McAdams aren’t given much to do, and as such, any chemistry they can generate fizzles. However, things pick up when you follow McAdams’s Becky back to the office. McAdams really carries the movie, playing Becky with almost relentless cheeriness that would be grating if she weren’t so endearing. Think 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon, but less of a mess. Jeff Goldblum stands out as Becky’s eternally put-upon boss, and Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell shines in a criminally-short-but-memorable stint as a perverted host but the duo of Keaton and Ford is oddly disappointing. Keaton feels a bit phoned in, and Ford growls so much, I thought he was auditioning to take Christian Bale’s place as Batman. Much fun is had when their backstage animosity spills over on-air, but there’s just not enough of it. The script is decent, the soundtrack fairly generic if overbearing at times and the plot can be easily guessed from minute one. But overall, Morning Glory is genial and entertaining enough to get by, but it’s as light, fluffy and insubstantial as the popcorn you’ll be eating. I recommend a rental.