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Review of Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly in Cyrus at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival 2010-01-29 07:30:00

Sundance Snapshot: Cyrus

The Sundance Film Festival comes to a close this weekend, but I've still got a few more movie goodies to keep you all informed. If you haven't already, check out my Sundance Snapshots covering movies from the likes of Josh Radnor to Ben Affleck to Ryan Gosling. For now, let's move on with the Duplass Brothers' Cyrus.

  • Who's behind it? The film is written and directed by the Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark, who are no strangers to Sundance at this point. John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill make up the cast.
  • What's it about? Reilly stars as John, a regular Joe (and self-proclaimed "Shrek") who's been a bit lost since his wife (Keener) left him seven years ago. He's skeptical about finding love again until he meets Molly (Tomei) at a party and forms an instant connection with her. Everything is going smoothly between the two until John meets Molly's 21-year-old son, Cyrus (Hill). Feeling very protective of his single mother, it isn't long before Cyrus starts sabotaging Molly's relationship with John. Check out the trailer right here.

To see how I feel about the film, just

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  • What did I think? With a cast like this one, it's impossible not to find solid performances — Reilly and Hill in particular play out their contention with perfect comedic timing. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, both classic and unconventional: John has a classic drunken dance party scene, but Cyrus's somewhat inappropriate relationship with Molly also provokes plenty of laughs. The biggest surprise is that the movie actually has a beating heart at its epicenter; despite Hill's run-ins with Reilly or his slightly Oedipal feelings towards his mother, his actions only teeter on the brink of being creepy. The delicate balance between strange and funny keep the movie on track, and it all comes together as a well-made little movie.
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