Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, John Pankow, Ty Burrell
Synopsis: Becky (McAdams) is an executive producer on a morning variety program. That is until she loses her position and in desperation accepts a job on the slowly dying show “Daybreak”. She makes a flurry of changed, including firing the co-anchor. To replace him, she manages to coerce former crack journalist Mike Pomeroy (Ford), whom has no desire to do “fluffy” journalism, much to the chagrin of remaining co-anchor Collen Beck (Keaton).
A review by Film Nerd.
This is an unassuming comedy, that while unable to make a large swell at the box office is a very satisfying and enjoyable film. I purchased it on Blu-Ray on the strength of its cast, and of some solid reviews, and I am personally very glad idea. It is by its nature light entertainment, far from ground-breaking, but has a good, clever gag rate to keep interest until the end credits.
It is a film very appropriate to modern sensibilities. We live in a time when work demands are steep, where often it can be hard to switch off at the end of the day, particularly when a lot is at stake. For Becky, the wrong choices could mean the cancellation of a national live television show that has been on air for forty-seven years. McAdams is a personal favourite actress of mine, and here she does not do anything to make my faith in that statement waver. She takes a difficult character, one who is work obsessed and determined, also soft enough to be likeable. These characters often lack that quality in cinema, making it hard to garner the audiences support. No such error here.
Becky has two major thorns in her side on her path to success. The first is prickly existing co-anchor Colleen Beck. Keaton is on fine form, and she shares good on-screen animosity than affection with McAdams, perhaps a by-product of their former work together on The Family Stone. The other thorn is Ford’s Mike Pomeroy. This is the performance that turns an okay movie into something a little more special. Over the years he has made gruff with a (very) hidden soft core a speciality. His performance here for me made me miss seeing him more often on the big screen, and in more than disappointing Indiana Jones sequels.
So in the end, this is a comedy with a good laugh rate mixed in with a good but not sickening dose of heart. It features fine actors all in fine form. In addition, it has a plot that is relevant to most people in the workforce today. As such, this is a film I can highly recommend to a discerning audience.
4 stars out of 5