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Cyrus (2010)

  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 16,383 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 10 September 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 91 min
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  • IMDb page: Cyrus (2010)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 16,383 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 10 September 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Budget: $7,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $7,455,447(USA)(10 October 2010)
  • Stars: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill
  • Original Music By: Michael Andrews   
  • Soundtrack: Cable TV
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Musician | 21 Year Old | Kiss | Adult Lives At Home | Caught Masturbating

Writing Credits By:

  • Mark Duplass (written by) &
  • Jay Duplass (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Jonah Hill based his performance as Cyrus on Benjy Bronk.

Goofs: Miscellaneous: The license plate on the 10' U-Haul truck is not the actual plate that belongs to the truck. All of the newer (last 10 years or so) U-Haul truck have Arizona plates as U-Haul headquarters is in Pheonix, AZ.

Plot: A recently divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams. Then he meets her son. Full summary » |  »

Story: With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcé finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life – her son. Still single seven years after the breakup of his marriage, John has all but given up on romance. But at the urging of his ex-wife and best friend Jamie, John grudgingly agrees to join her and her fiancé Tim at a party. To his and everyone else's surprise, he actually manages to meet someone: the gorgeous and spirited Molly. Their chemistry is immediate. The relationship takes off quickly but Molly is oddly reluctant to take the relationship beyond John's house. Perplexed, he follows her home and discovers the other man in Molly's life: her son, Cyrus. A 21-year-old new age musician, Cyrus is his mom's best friend and shares an unconventional relationship with her…Written by Fox Searchlight  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael Costigan known as producer
  • Michael Ellenberg known as co-producer
  • Ridley Scott known as executive producer
  • Tony Scott known as executive producer
  • Chrisann Verges known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • John C. Reilly known as John
  • Jonah Hill known as Cyrus
  • Marisa Tomei known as Molly
  • Catherine Keener known as Jamie
  • Matt Walsh known as Tim
  • Diane Mizota known as Thermostat Girl
  • Kathy Wittes known as Ashley (as Kathy Ann Wittes)
  • Katie Aselton known as Pretty Girl (as Kathryn Aselton)
  • Jamie Donnelly known as Pastor
  • Tim Guinee known as Roger
  • Charlie Brewer known as Stranger at Reception
  • Steve Zissis known as Rusty
  • Newell Alexander known as (voice)
  • Steve Alterman known as (voice)
  • Mitch Carter known as (voice)
  • David Cowgill known as (voice)
  • Elisa Gabrielli known as (voice)
  • Bridget Hoffman known as (voice)
  • Edie Mirman known as (voice)
  • Michelle Ruff known as (voice)
  • Jerald Garner known as Beer Guy at Party (uncredited)
  • Sean Hackett known as Stoner (uncredited)
  • Caroline Neville known as Dancing Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Justin Wilczynski known as (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Mustaque M. Ashrafi known as makeup artist (as Mustaq Ashrafi)
  • David Forrest known as co-makeup department head (as David Craig Forrest)
  • Lillie Frierson-King known as hair stylist
  • Estreya Kesler known as makeup artist
  • Tina Roesler Kerwin known as co-makeup department head
  • Kim Santantonio known as key hair stylist
  • Toni-Ann Walker known as hair designer

Art Department:

  • Jory Alvarado known as leadman
  • Jose Castillo known as set dresser
  • Steve Christensen known as set designer
  • Cary Conway known as paint supervisor (as Cary 'DS' Conway)
  • Robert Cook known as paint gang boss
  • Jennifer Durban known as art department researcher
  • Michael Garcia known as set dresser
  • Miguel A. Garcia known as set dresser
  • Susan Garcia known as set dresser
  • Charles Hansen known as laborer
  • Jourdan Henderson known as art department coordinator
  • J. Jorgensen known as construction coordinator
  • Lance Larson known as property master
  • Steven B. Melton known as property master
  • Billy Mitchell known as set dresser
  • Jon Nicholson known as on-set dresser
  • Alfredo Ortega known as set painter
  • Bobby Pollard known as set dresser (as Robert Pollard)
  • Gregory F. Poulos known as assistant property master
  • Raymond Ramirez known as propmaker
  • Oswaldo Rojas known as propmaker
  • Clint Schultz known as graphic designer
  • Bradford W. Shoemaker known as propmaker foreman (as Bradford Shoemaker)
  • Thomas Spencer known as set dresser
  • Peter Van Zyl known as greensmen
  • Richard Webb Kelly known as set painter

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Scott Free Productions

Other Companies:

  • Business Affairs  production counsel
  • Cast & Crew Production Services  cast & crew payroll services
  • City National Bank  financing
  • Digital Vortechs  editing systems provided by
  • FotoKem Digital Film Services  digital intermediate facility
  • Go For Locations  locations equipment rentals
  • L.A. Mad Dogs  loop group (as LA Maddogs)
  • Limelight Catering  catering
  • PES Payroll  extras payroll
  • Paskal Lighting  lighting and grip equipment
  • Reel Security  production security
  • Swelltone Labs  sound post-production
  • The Bloch Company  script clearance research
  • Twentieth Century Fox  foley recording facility

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2010) (United Arab Emirates) (theatrical) (Middle East)
  • Odeon (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2010) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Japan (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2011) (Argentina) (all media)
  • FS Film Oy (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • USA 23 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival) (premiere)
  • USA 13 March 2010 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 18 April 2010 (Dallas International Film Festival)
  • USA 2 May 2010 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • USA 22 May 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Aruba June 2010 (Aruba International Film Festival)
  • USA June 2010 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
  • USA 9 June 2010 (BAMcinemaFest)
  • USA 18 June 2010 (New York City, New York)
  • USA 18 June 2010 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 20 June 2010 (Provincetown International Film Festival)
  • Canada 25 June 2010 (Toronto)
  • Switzerland 5 August 2010 (Locarno Film Festival)
  • Ireland 10 September 2010
  • UK 10 September 2010
  • France 11 September 2010 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • France 15 September 2010
  • Finland 17 September 2010
  • Greece 22 September 2010 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Brazil 24 September 2010 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Finland 25 September 2010 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Germany 6 October 2010 (Hamburg Film Festival)
  • Poland 8 October 2010 (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • Russia 9 October 2010 (American Film Festival)
  • Belgium 13 October 2010 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 20 October 2010
  • Spain 25 October 2010 (Valladolid International Film Festival)
  • Russia 4 November 2010
  • Brazil 5 November 2010
  • Poland 5 November 2010
  • Sweden 18 November 2010 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Spain 19 November 2010
  • Germany 25 November 2010
  • Mexico 26 November 2010
  • Italy 30 November 2010 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Greece 2 December 2010
  • Sweden 3 December 2010
  • Denmark 25 December 2010
  • Argentina 23 February 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 22 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 30 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 3 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language and some sexual material

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. brocksilvey from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    The marketing for this movie is terribly misleading. It sells it as azany comedy, which could not be farther from the truth. I'm notcriticizing the film — I thought it was quite good. But people aregoing to see this expecting something very different from what theyget, and they're going to hold it unfairly against the film.

    "Cyrus" is being billed as the first mainstream effort by mumblecoredarling filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass ("Baghead"). But "Cyrus" isonly mainstream in that it's released by a major studio (FoxSearchlight) and has recognizable actors in it (John C. Reilly, MarisaTomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener). In subject and style, it importsmany of the characteristics of traditional mumblecore — offbeat humor,improvised feel, bare bones production values — wholesale.

    Which again is not a criticism. I've been impressed with some of themumblecore entries I've seen recently, like the aforementioned"Baghead" and "Humpday." "Cyrus" is a complex exploration of an odd andat times uncomfortable set up, and that it doesn't take a glib orcondescending attitude toward its characters or devolve into pottyjokes and slapstick couldn't make it less mainstream.

    Reilly plays a lonely man looking for love and finding it in MarisaTomei. Unfortunately, with her he also finds Cyrus, hertwenty-something and morbidly dependent son. He tries to be a buddy atfirst, until it's clear that Cyrus isn't all that he appears anddoesn't want a new guy around. The two men declare war on one anotheruntil fists fly, both figuratively and literally.

    "Cyrus" is a small miracle of tone. It keeps its audience constantlyguessing as to which direction it's going to go. The weird mother/sonrelationship depicted is at first just funny, then funny in a kind ofsquirmy way, then flat out disturbing. But the film knows exactly whenit's about to push credibility too far, and just before it does, itlets us in on more information that makes everything plausible. One ofthe things I responded to most is the respect with which the actors andwriters treat these characters. These people are not put on display forus to mock, or feel superior to, or pity. These are people who aretrying their best to navigate tricky emotional terrain in the best waythey know how, and the actors playing them all give lovelyperformances.

    A smart, witty and thoughtful film in a season of cinematic junk food.

    Grade: A

  2. taxib from New York, NY
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    I went into this film expecting an edgy, funny film of one-upsmanshipbetween a man who's fallen in love and the far-too-attached son of hisintended. I mean face it, the premise is filled with possibilities, andthe trailers suggested we should go in ready to laugh. Not so. What Iwitnessed was a film that tossed aside every comic opportunity andsettled instead for a kind of after school special about coming toterms with your mom's boyfriend. Hugely disappointing to see such goodactors wasted on what could have been a sharp and insightful story,rife with opportunities for humor.

    I heard John C. Reilly give an interview where he said there was agreat deal of improv in the film and he was grateful for theopportunity to create his own vision. Nice for him, but boring for theaudience — the dialog was clichéd and unfocused, the story rambledalong with no dramatic or comedic tension, and all that improv forcedsome very clumsy editing. Not saying the acting wasn't good, it was.Marisa Tomei did the best she could with a character who had no backstory, no convincing explanation for why she's fallen in love with thedrunken lout peeing in the bushes at a party, no exploration of whyshe's created this hugely dependent son or why she's had no one in herlife since her son was born 21 year ago! It was enough for the filmmakers that she was hot, and they pretty must left her to figure outthe rest. John C. Reilly is a good actor but I'm really tired of seeingugly losers score the great looking girl, it's doesn't happen in lifeunless you're rich and this guy is not only not rich he seems almostunemployable. Catherine Keener plays his ex-wife, and there was anopportunity to draw a parallel between his dependence on her and JonahHill's dependence on his mother. They dropped it like a hot potato. Toointeresting, I suppose.

    The cinematography drove me nuts. Restless cameras with overusedsnap-zooms irritate the hell out of me, and this DP never missed anopportunity to snap-zoom. It was like watching a commercial. Ms. Tomeiwas also lit very unfortunately a number of times, which I suppose isforgivable in a low budget film but regrettable all the same.

    I am bewildered by the praise that's been heaped on this film. Isuspect people are so happy to see something that isn't 3D or nonstopviolence or gross-out humor that they are taking pains to be kind. Itoo want to encourage thoughtful films with clever plots and unexpectedhumor. This isn't one of them.

  3. sundevil27 from Salt Lake City, UT USA
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    If you have followed the fantastic rise of the brothers Duplass fromtheir early no budget shorts film days to their breakout low budgetSundance hit Puffy Chair and the equally good follow-up Baghead thenyou likely had to wonder what kind of movie they were making in Cyrus;which in contrast to the other movies appears to have considerableindustry financial backing and bona fide Hollywood stars. The mainconcern here is that the brothers other movies are distinctly lowbudget and free wheeling (AKA "Mumblecore" indie movement), thats whatmakes them great in many ways and lets be honest the expectations forthose first two movies were nil. When you aren't expecting a lot andget something pretty good back in return its going to seem reallygreat. In Cyrus their are expectations, one only needs to see theirprime opening Saturday night premier at Sundance to see just how farthese guys have come. That works out pretty well though for thebrothers, because they deliver a great film. Cyrus is distinctly indieand personal but isn't so much so that it scares off the mainstream.

    Cyrus is the story of a lonely divorcée John (John C. Reilly), who uponfinding about his ex-wife's (Catherine Keener) impending nuptials hasthe unlikely fortune of getting caught with his pants down in a drunkenact of buffoonery by the enchanting Molly (Marisa Tomei). Strangelyenough Molly isn't frigthened off by John's drunken antics andheartfelt lonely ramblings which she finds endearing and honest. A bitof romance ensues and as John pursues further he eventually comes tofind out that Molly has a 21 year old son who lives at home with herand has an oddly close relationship with his mother. John being thegood guy that he is tries to make the best of the situation beforeCyrus makes life a complete living hell for John and a bizarre rivalryensues that will try the relationship of boyfriend, mother and son.

    John C Reilly has always had a great gift at humor and that is nodifferent here, him and Jonah Hill have a brilliant comedic dynamicthat at times is beautifully subtle and other times in your face. Whatmight be the Duplass trademark is the way they bring out real honestyin the performances by all three stars. Reilly gives one of his bestperformances and Jonah Hill has easily his best here. It is hard to sayunderrated but has Marisa Tomei ever not been stellar in the last fewyears? . Her performance is the glue that holds together the movie,with the insanity revolving around her character is believably sweetand endearing.

    Cyrus undoubtedly will be compared to the works of Judd Apatow, thisisn't unwarranted but in truth the Apatow films feel much bigger andless personal then Cyrus and maybe have a bit less heart. We will haveto wait and see if the mainstream audiences is eager to give theDuplass brand of comedy a shot, but regardless this looks like thebeginning of something much bigger.

  4. Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    'Cyrus' is one of those stories about an otherwise promising newrelationship threatened by the cumbersome excess baggage one personbrings along. In this case that baggage is another human being: a big,fat adult child called Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who, at twenty, still liveswith his mother, with whom he's so close it's almost incestuous. Withthis movie the Duplass brothers, Mark and Jay, who wrote and directed,move away from their former territory of the micro-budget indiefilm-making group known as Mumblcore, into the realm of an Apatowcomedy. Jonah Hill, of 'Knocked Up' and 'Superbad,'as well as thecurrent 'Get Him to the Greek,'is a mainstay of the Apatow stable. Thistime the schlub he's playing isn't looking to get laid, only to keephis mom from doing so; and he plays it straight this time, not forlaughs. This becomes a movie about stasis. And it also remains stuckbetween two genres. Some sparks fly, and the audience enjoys that, butsomehow this ends by seeming something of a missed opportunity. It'sneither a trail-blazing drama, nor a riotous comedy. It's just a bigtease. The dangerous, obstructive situation is something the filmmakersplay with successfully for an hour or so, and then don't seem to knowwhat to do with. And the action just fizzles out.

    Mumblecore tends to deal with twenty- or thirty-somethings' matinggames and job dilemmas depicted in dialogue that feels rough andimprovised. This time things are totally different because the Duplassbrothers are working with famous actors. 'Cyrus' keeps things simple,but it's very sure of itself — except that it doesn't finally decidewhere to go. It lacks the authentic flavor of Mumblcore, and it's notbroadly drawn or funny enough for Apatow; what's more, it lacks thefinal sense of resolution of comedy. 'Cyrus' has a very forceful seriesof scenes, but they develop the situation only up to a point.

    People laugh watching 'Cyrus,' but it doesn't try to be funny so muchas embarrassing. It verges on the Todd Solondz-lite of Mike White,whose funny-peculiar, funny-creepy edge it duplicates; but it lacksWhite's droll range of characters.

    John (John C. Reilly) is a lonely Guy, seven years divorced and stillunable to move on. (Reilly gives John his usual warmth, but the writingdoesn't flesh him out.) He relies a lot (abnormally much, in fact –he's odd too) on his ex-wife and co-worker Jamie (the always suaveCatherine Keener), who's about to get married. At Jamie's urging, Johngoes to a party and he meets Molly (Marisa Tomei) and magically theyimmediately hit it off and she goes home with him. But she leaves inthe night. And she does that again when she comes back for a date.

    We soon find out why. Molly's unnaturally tied to Cyrus, her large,rotund twenty-year-old son who still lives with her. It's not clear ifCyrus actually does anything; he composes synthesizer music. Even thecomposing Molly shares in. He is not in school. He never calls hismother "mother," always "Molly."

    The awkwardness of the situation keeps you watching. With John atMolly's house for their second evening together, Cyrus goes into thebathroom while his mother is taking a shower, thus signaling theirinappropriate (and for John threatening) intimacy. Later that nightwhen John has stayed over and he and Molly are asleep, Cyrus has ascreaming fit that awakens them, and Molly runs to comfort him. It'sclearly impossible for John and Molly to have private time together.Any sane man would run from this situation, but we understand John'sneediness. For seven years he's been alone, and at last he's found awoman he really likes who likes him. What a pity!

    Things go back and forth, but there's no real resolution. 'Cyrus' themovie is as narrow as it is effective — up to a point. The strong,polished actors contrast with the obtrusive in-and-out zoom of theDuplasses' hand-held camera, which here feels annoying and unnecessary.It's an obtrusive holdover from the brothers' previous low-budget indiework. Only here the tentativeness and naturalism are gone. There'ssomething slick about the movie. It has another obtrusive tic: wheneverMolly and John make declarations to each other about their feelings, wesee them together, but the lines are in voice-over, as if anythingromantic is merely tacked-on.

    John could hardly be unaware of how huge a threat Cyrus is to hisconnecting with Molly, and vice versa, but at first John and Cyruscircle around each other politely with nothing untoward happeningexcept the odd disappearance of an essential piece of clothing. Butafter a while longer something slips and the gloves are off. Cyrusseems dangerous, potentially unhinged as well as incestuous. But he andJohn are both cowardly lions, not strong or mean enough to go over thetop. If one of them did, things might not end up so muddled.

    The movie seems afraid to carry things all the way. It lacks an edge,and its resolution is soft and fuzzy. While in this it's likeMumblecore films, which tend just to end, such an approach doesn't suitcomedy. 'Cyrus' ventures far out of Mumblecore territory — withoutentering anywhere else very definite. The result is far from a totalloss. The film-making is solidly competent, the scenes are clearly –perhaps too clearly — written; the cast is fine. Cyrus is worthy ofour attention, even though it ultimately somewhat disappoints, windingup with neither its dilemma nor its characters fully developed. Thiswould be only a small fraction of a Mike Leigh film, and it would beresolved. The Duplass brothers are lazy filmmakers. They haven't at allgot the keen observation of Andrew Bujalski.

  5. olivia-lowery from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    i just watched Cyrus. fantastic film. Every review I've read so far hascalled this film a comedy. nothing could be farther from the truth.this is a dramatic film with a few (very few) comedic elements. Hillshould be recognized for his dramatic role. I didn't find this moviefunny at all. I thought it was a very interesting depiction of the newlove triangle, between a child, a mother, and her love interest. Nodoubt this movie took the relationship between single mother and herchild to the extreme it represents a dynamic that has existed for atleast a generation and is becoming the norm. Jonah, Marisa, and Johnplay these roles with a truth and simplicity that is palpable. They dothe subject justice.

  6. lewiskendell from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    Cyrus isn't really a comedy, though I wouldn't blame you if you havethat impression before seeing the movie. Both Jonah Hill and John C.Reilly have been in a lot of comedies lately (though Reilly is fairlywell-known for more serious movies like Magnolia and Boogie Nights),and the trailer doesn't do much to dissuade that notion. It does havesome parts that are quite funny, but it gets more serious as the moviegoes on, and is quite touching and raw at times. 

    The story is about a divorced, lonely man (Reilly) who meets aseemingly perfect woman (Marisa Tomei). The only problem is that shehas a live-in adult son Cyrus (Hill), and they're co-dependent on eachother to the degree that Cyrus instantly hates the new man who (in hismind) is going to take his mother away. His solution is to sabotagetheir relationship. 

    That sounds like the set-up for a broad comedy in the vein ofStep-Brothers, but Cyrus sticks fairly close to its indiesensibilities. It's filmed in an almost documentary-type manner, thesituations never really get too over-the-top or absurd, and therelationships remain the focus of the movie, throughout. The issues ofco-dependency and parents and adult children having a hard time lettinggo of each other is treated pretty seriously. 

    Cyrus was one of my most anticipated movies of 2010, and while I can'tsay it was as great as I hoped it would be, I ended up being pleasantlysurprised by the tone it struck. I say keep an open mind and check itout.      

  7. John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    "It's great to have a new dad." Cyrus to John

    If your girlfriend has a grown son living at home, see Cyrus; if youhave one living with you, see it. For the rest of us, see Cyrus toenjoy American ensemble acting at its best: Molly (Marisa Tomei) andher 21-year old son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), live in a very closerelationship short of Oedipal but too close for either's growth.

    The Duplass brothers, known for their quirky, loose film-making thatincludes restless shots and "mumblecore" style (the actors mostlyimprovise), have allowed these accomplished actors to expressthemselves in a realistic and charming way. While the plot seemsepisodic and unfocused, it is really a character-driven story withMolly the least developed of the characters.

    The story's protagonist is John (John C. Reilly), a hang dog editorwhose ex-wife is getting married and to whom Molly comes with thepromise of a new life. Except for Cyrus, whose unusual attachment tohis mom causes him to wage domestic war against John. While nothingunpredictable happens, and that is a flaw, the acting is first rate andthe situations so believable (except for the oedipal hint) that thisAmerican comedy can be enjoyed for its European-style close-ups andlengthy scenes. The clichéd ending is to be endured with regret.

    If you are still hooked on your ex-wife and have a girlfriend with akid, see this film. If you're not, then enjoy the realism of story andacting. Although the Duplasses tend to move the lens abruptly frommedium to tight, thereby emphasizing the personal nature of the film,rarely does American cinema get it right without CGI and rapid cutting.This is the right stuff.

  8. TJNyada from Boston
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

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    Cyrus, is a comedic drama that focuses on a divorced man, John (John C.Reilly), meeting the woman of his dreams, Molly (Marisa Tomei), andfalling hard for her at a party, subsequently later meeting her grownup son, Cyrus, played by Jonah Hill. The movie was produced by ScottFree Productions, Ridley Scott's production company, and distributeddomestically by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Jay and Mark Duplass are thecreative minds behind the writing and directing of the picture, and JasShelton is the guy responsible for the shaky camera work prevalentthroughout the movie. So, now that your familiarized with some of theplayers lets get down to brass tax.

    This movie isn't what many will expect from the trailers, it's a semi-dark, dramedy that examines an unhealthy co-dependency between a motherand her twenty-something year old son, Cyrus. The trailers might haveyou believe you'll be watching a combination of Step Brothers and TheForty Year Old Virgin, but that isn't really the case. It's definitelymuch lighter in laughs than I expected, but it exposes some compellingemotional acting from Reilly and Hill that will certainly have criticsapplauding the "heart" of the film.

    Jonah Hill adds further evidence to the case that he wants to breakaway from being typecast as the chubby, silly, practical joker, anddelivers a much more serious performance in this film (Although, Iwasn't so easily convinced by his more serious role in this movie, andfound myself laughing out loud at times when that was definitely notthe intended audience reaction). Reilly is near perfect at bringingvulnerability and desperation to his character, and he furtherdemonstrates his prowess of making an audience laugh on severaloccasions. Tomei, also gives a memorable performance blending theability to blindly see no wrong in her son while showing the desire tobalance multiple relationships in order to make things work for aforty- something year old single mom (My apologies for how garbled thatsounds, but it took too long to get out, so it stays). Catherine Keenerturns in a good performance as a supportive ex-wife, that maybe shoulddo better at creating borders between former partners. Matt Walsh, whoplays her husband, gave a perfectly sarcastic depiction of the fiancé,who loves his future wife enough to put up with her sometimes idiotic,overly needy ex-husbands constant needs.

    Overall, Cyrus, is a funny movie that might not be what moviegoers areexpecting to see going into it, but it's emotional ups and downs,interesting subject material, clever improvisation, and great actingare enough to satisfy.

  9. David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    Greetings again from the darkness. Trying to come up with the best wayto describe this one. It seems to be billed as a comedy, but it's verydark and only funny in a few places. The drama is pretty weak at timesand uncomfortable all of the time. The comedy really stems from themano y mano of John C Riley and Jonah Hill. Marisa Tomei is a not soinnocent bystander.

    If you have seen the preview, you know the basic story. John C Riley isa bit of a socially inept oaf who gets dragged to a party and makes afool of himself. Marisa Tomei views him as something of a lost puppyand takes him under her wing. The big reveal occurs when Tomei's grownson (Hill) shows up at an inopportune time. Yes, he lives with her andthat have a very unique and close relationship.

    Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass are known as part of the mumblecoremovement – they subscribe to the less rehearsal and script school offilm-making. Luckily for them, Hill and Riley take to this beautifully.Their scenes together are very good at creating an inner turmoil andutter frustration. Luckily for the audience, Riley's character has twoscenes where he can unleash the lines that the viewers are allthinking! It makes for a nice release of tension.

    Hill creates Cyrus as the epitome of a "sneaky little devil". OK, he'snot so little, but the rest fits. His acts of subversion are wellthought out and pure acts of passive aggressiveness. These threecharacters make for quite the odd little group, but there is surelysome insight into single parenthood, loneliness and over-protectiveparenting. Don't expect a slapstick comedy in the Judd Apatow mold …this one is a bit creepy and dark.

  10. ginaverev from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 8:34 pm

    I'm not sure why the people who have reviewed this film so far aregiving it more than 1 star….I am an avid fan of the actors in thismovie, and I LOVE quirky/off the beaten path/witty/ somewhat darkcomedies….But I'm not sure WHAT Cyrus was. The funniest scene in themovie is when Cyrus is in his night shirt beckoning to "john" with hisknife. Seriously. I was waiting for that scene the whole movie to seeif it would get better. I know I am not being overly critical becausewhen the movie abruptly ended, everyone in the theatre was quiet for amoment and then people started booing. All in all, I am upset I spentmoney on this film and it was the LONGEST hour and a half of my life. Icould never sit through this movie again.

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