In the frustrating yet delightful new comedy, Morning Glory, the most important relationships are underdeveloped, romantic relationships aren’t developed at all, intelligence is treated as an irritating quirk, every storyline is wrapped up in a dialogue-free montage during the movie’s final moments, and Rachel McAdams is absolutely charming. She’s Becky Fuller, a clumsy, perky go-getter who’s just landed a job as Executive Producer for the lowest-rated and most ridiculed morning show on national television, “Daybreak.” The show can’t even manage the fluff, let alone any significant news, and has just hired a new co-anchor (Harrison Ford) for the perpetually unsatisfied and cynical Colleen (Diane Keaton). Rachel McAdams has 102 minutes to improve the show’s reputation, her own love life, and the attitude of her idol, Mike Pomeroy, Harrison Ford’s attempt at an alcoholic, loathsome Dan Rather. Don’t worry, I won’t let you know whether or not she succeeds.
The problem with Morning Glory isn’t the set up, which is actually a nice one, it’s the movie’s commitment to giving us the bare minimum – with a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) that contains just enough conflict and resolution to qualify it as a finished movie. The two most interesting relationships, between Colleen/Mike and Mike/Becky, exist only to fill time, and Becky’s romance with coworker Adam (Patrick Wilson) exists without consequence – getting no deeper than his offensively effective pick up line, “You’re different.” (You know, because she’s smart and not blonde.) Apart from Becky, each character is as two-dimensional as they come, with one-note performances to match.
They are, however, delightful one-note performances, so Morning Glory isn’t a complete waste. Frustrating for of its lack of insight and near-waste of a great cast, I can’t exactly forgive Morning Glory for its glaring problems, but, like the most fluffy morning news program, I can tolerate its existence with a cup of coffee and one eye on the clock.
Morning Glory opens today.