Cyrus – Review

Posted January 27, 2010 in


Sundance Film Festival

Directors: Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass

The Duplass brothers, directors of 2005’s The Puffy Chair and 2008’s Baghead, return to the Sundance Film Festival with their third feature film about lonely divorcee John (John C. Reilly), who is advised that his ex-wife Jamie (Catherine Keener) is getting remarried. Just as a sense of never-ending misery seems to settle, John meets Molly (Marisa Tomei) and instantly reignites his feelings toward love and accompaniment. Everything appears to be going well, until John meets Cyrus (Jonah Hill), Molly’s overly pampered son who’s not at all enthusiastic about his mother’s new boyfriend. As their relationship becomes more involved, the spoiled son’s eccentric behaviors become increasingly disruptive forcing John to push back. The directing duo succeeds in developing a well-proportioned comedy with enough soul and sentiment to separate itself from other mundane slapstick comedies. Reilly, who hasn’t had the opportunity to flaunt his true dramatic acting capabilities since Paul Thomas Andersons Magnolia, is brilliant as the drowning bachelor who can’t seem to catch a break, but it’s Hill who surprisingly carries out an unexpected yet hilarious career-defining performance.

Jimmy Martin


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Screening Times:

January 23, 2010 – 6:15pm – Eccles Theatre

January 24, 2010 – 8:30am – Library Center Theatre

January 30, 2010 – 9:00pm – Prospector Square Theatre