by David Schuster
Variety is the spice of life and that definitely is true in the movie world. I usually like all genres, except for the slasher flicks.
There are are action cinemas, sci fi movies, thrillers and comedies. And there are even the sentimental comedy movies that "Morning Glory" fits into. I'll admit that I went into the theatre thinking I wouldn't like this movie at all but I left it with just the opposite thought.
"Morning Glory" is about a network morning TV show that is consistently in last place. It also is run on a show string budget and looks like it's headed for cancellation until a perky new executive producer shows up in Rachel McAdams.
McAdams besides being perky is really cute and those two qualities made me like her immensely in this movie.
Taking a back seat are major stars Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton but they play their roles perfectly to make the movie work. Keaton is the female half of the morning anchors who smiles tirelessly on camera while Ford is a very serious, veteran newsman, who is also grumpy beyond belief. The scenes between Ford and Keaton are priceless as they constantly bicker and back bite each other, not unlike what seems to be going on behind the scenes with White Sox GM Kenny Williams and his star manager Ozzie Guillen.
There is also an education to the morning news shows that this movie portrays and I have many friends who work at these shows and they say it's spot on. But McAdams is the cherry on the sundae throughout this flick. She's so damn bubbly but it's not fake like a lot of people I know. I really liked this movie and give it a home run - three and a half stars.