I went into Morning Glory expecting a cute romantic comedy with a little bit of workplace comedy. How could this movie miss? Rachel McAdams as the perky producer of morning show with low ratings; supporting performances by veteran actors Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton; a budding romance with the boyishly handsome Patrick Wilson; produced by J.J. Abrams and written by the same person who wrote The Devil Wears Prada. Sounds like a recipe for a hit to me…Not so much.
Becky Fuller, Career Girl
Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller, the perky and hard-working assistant producer of Good Morning New Jersey. All of her hard work goes for nothing when she is laid off due to budget cuts. I feel you pain there, girlfriend. Becky doesn’t give up on her life long dream of working for the Today Show, the top-rated pinnacle of morning shows. With a tight job market and her lack of network experience, the only job she can land as the producer of Day Break, a struggling show at the 3rd rated network. Not exactly the big time. But Becky is still perky. At least she is in New York City, one step closer to the Today Show.
Becky jumps into her new job with floppy bangs and all the perkiness and gung-ho attitude of a cheerleader on crack. Her hair always seems to be in her face and she’s so bouncy,so bubbly and soooo PERKY. It’s kinda irritating.
She wants to make changes and improvements on the show, much to the dismay of the current anchors, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and Paul McVee (Ty Burrell, Phil Dunphy on Modern Family). The cast and crew are not sure what to make of her, but when she fires Paul McVee, they start to take her seriously.
Now the problem is how to replace the co-anchor with no budget. Becky finds a loophole in the contract of veteran newsman Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) that forces him into the co-anchor chair alongside the former beauty queen, Colleen Peck. As an old school newsman, Pomeroy feels this kind of work is beneath him and refuses to participate in typical morning show entertainment.
When network exec, played by Jeff Goldblum who hires Becky, tells her that Day Break is in danger of being cancelled unless she can significantly improve the ratings, she decides to be outrageous. She sends the weather guy, Ernie Appleby (hilariously played by Matt Malloy) to ride a new roller coaster. The video of his torrential stream of f-bombs goes viral and sparks a series of crazy stunts. But Mike Pomeroy still refuses to take part in any of the on-air foolishness.
Desperate to save the struggling show, Becky practically babysits Harrison Ford’s grumpy, pompous character. The movie attempts to show some kind of a mentor-like relationship between Becky and Mike, but I didn’t see it. Becky’s hyper-perkiness vs. Pomeroy’s grumpiness. Somehow, Pomeroy acquiesces and takes part in the show by bringing them a breaking news story. He and Becky have a talk, all of a sudden they are friends.
The Romantic Comedy w/o The Romance Part
Becky is a determined and motivated career woman, with little time for romance. So when she meets fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson) she is oblivious to his advances. When someone tells her that Adam is showing her some interest, Becky goes to his office and awkwardly tries to flirt with him.
Somehow he still likes her and they begin something that resembles a romance. They have a few dates at his apartment that end with Rachel McAdams prancing around in her panties. Becky is too focused on her career, watching the news with one eye and Patrick Wilson with the other. She never seems that interested in him and I don’t understand why he continues to pursue her. There is just not enough romance to call Morning Glory a romantic comedy. The only relationship Becky cares about is the one with Mike Pomeroy.
The Today Show Comes A-Callin’
Due to all her efforts, Mike and Colleen’s on air spats and the foul-mouth of the weatherman, Day Break’s ratings rise as does Becky Fuller’s reputation as a producer. She finally gets an interview with the Today Show, her dream job. Would someone please tell me why Becky goes to work everyday, in a business suit, with her hair in a twist (except for those wayward bangs) at the #3 network’s lowest rated show. When she interviews with the people who could give her the job of her dreams, she wears a frilly beige cocktail dress, with a sweater that doesn’t quite match, hot pink shoes and her hair was flopping all over the place. I don’t get it.
During the interview Becky is so distracted by watching Day Break on the monitors, she isn’t paying attention to her interviewers. When she sees a potential disaster on Day Break, she leaves the interview and runs, who knows how many blocks in those Christian Laboutian hot pink heels back to the Day Break studio. Seriously Becky, this is your dream job. I suppose this is meant to show her loyalty to Day Break and her colleagues. Oh please…this is the big time.
The happy ending comes when Becky and not the boyishly handsome Adam, but grumpy old Mike walk into the sunrise together. (haha I get it…the day break) I guess that makes Morning Glory more of a workplace, rather than a romantic comedy.