Morning Glory is Worth the Watch

Morning Glory is Worth the Watch

Like No Strings Attached and Love and Other Drugs, Morning Glory has the very annoying premise that in order to be successful at work (or even just to be a not-so-successful person at work who just ends up being a workaholic, I guess?), a woman must sacrifice everything else in her life—from social outings to relationships to pretty much anything besides work itself. If that were the basis of the entire film, I would write it off and recommend that you not see it—as I did with the previous two.

But that’s really only a side-plot of the film. The main point of the movie is that its main character, played by Rachel McAdams, has to deal with a layoff after so many years of service invested into her news program—something that thousands of Americans have also dealt with lately, and a nice break from all of these stupid movies and TV shows about rich people that we’re fed daily—and find a new gig. She does, of course, but finds herself having to save a dying morning show in order to save her own livelihood in the process (spoilers ahead).

McAdams shines, as she normally does, as a plucky, ambitious new executive producer who has to deal with everything from door handles that don’t work to prima donna show hosts to sexual harassment from one of her stars—all on her very first day. Still on that first day, however, she proves her pluckiness by firing the lazy, sexual harasser, dealing with a thousand questions at her hurled at a fastball’s pace calmly and rather perfectly, and eventually bringing the show the ratings it needs to not only stay afloat for another year—but for her to even get an offer to serve as executive producer of another, much larger and widely-viewed network.

It really is an enjoyable, fun film, with plenty of humor, drama, and star talent. In addition to the lovely McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton shine as two unbearable characters, and Patrick Wilson serves as a love interest I could really take or leave. Ty Burrell of Modern Family is also perfectly cast as the perverted co-host whom McAdams cans on her first day. Unfortunately, McAdams doesn’t save the show all on her own; Ford sweeps in and saves the day by getting a big scoop that goes over the heads of all of the other networks. However, it is truly because of McAdams’ character’s work, and encouragement of the old curmudgeon that it all works out in the first place. Then, Ford’s character, despite his being the “third worst person in the world,” has to woo McAdams back to the network by swallowing his own pride in order to keep her, and the show, in his life.

It’s not the most exciting or original plot in the world, but it’s not bad, either. If you’re seeking a funny, semi-drama, semi-rom-com to pass the time with, this one is an enjoyable choice.