The Twenty-First Century

Cyrus [2010]

The presence of comedic actors like Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly might lead you to think that “Cyrus” is strictly for laughs, when in fact it’s a serious film disguised as a comedy. I can’t say I was thrilled by it, but I enjoyed most of it. Reilly plays a divorced man who is encouraged by his ex wife (Catherine Keener) to attend a party, where he meets a very attractive woman (Marisa Tomei) who likes him instantly. Problem is: she lives with her 22 year old son (Jonah Hill), and the dude is not about to let anyone disrupt his relationship with his mother. Usually with Hollywood movies, this is the part where the rivalry between the two turns into a comedy “battle”, so basically if you’re expecting something all too familiar, then “Cyrus” is not the movie for you. But if you don’t mind something new or should I say “more original”, then give it chance; it might not be a great movie, but when the actors are this good, it’s hard to complain.

Rating: 2.5/4

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