July 10, 2010

Movie Review: Cyrus *****

Cyrus is a gem of a movie. It has it all: remarkable acting, great direction, fabulous writing. Marisa Tomei is one of my favorite actors and she's perfect as the vulnerable, protective, love-starved mom. John C. Reilly is her love interest - not your typical leading man. As he says in the movie when they meet at a party, "Are you flirting with me? I'm like Shrek. Why would someone like you want to talk to someone like me?" or something close to that. And it's true. He is like Shrek, not someone you'd be attracted to at first glance but someone who becomes so endearing. John C. Reilly is such a great actor. His facial reactions are worth the price of the ticket.
Jonah Hill is also great as Tomei's grown son who throws a monkey wrench into the works of their new relationship and from there it's alternately sweet, funny and even a little creepy. It's an unusual story that really works. It has warmth and humor, and real emotion. Don't miss it.

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