Morning Glory is a pleasant and well made comedy drama starring Rachel McAdams as a talented network morning show producer.
It’s a lot like The Devil Wears Prada (and almost as good) in which a young talented woman comes into a high pressure impossible job and at first everything is difficult, but by the end of the movie is loved by one and all. Both were written by Aline Brosh McKenna.
McAdams, who despite being an obsessive/compulsive workaholic, is fired from her producing job at a local New Jersey station, but then hired as top producer at the fictional IBS morning show, which is last in the ratings.
Diane Keaton is the female anchor of the show and McAdams inveigles Harrison Ford, who plays an aloof veteran news reporter, onto the show as her unwilling co-host.
Ford’s character, another in a long line of grumpy characters, sees the morning show as beneath him, even refusing to say the word ‘fluffy’ on air.
McAdams finds out the show is about to be cancelled and, in a mighty effort, with support from Keaton and eventually, Ford, gets the ratings up and is offered a job at the leading morning show.
There’s nice supporting work from Jeff Goldblum as a network boss while Patrick Wilson, as McAdams love interest, is forced to play second fiddle to her Blackberry.
With enjoyable leads and some good laughs, this is easy to take solid entertainment.
Rating: three deer of five
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Alf Cryderman is a Red Deer freelance writer and old movie buff.