"Cyrus"

I was expecting good things from "Cyrus," as it was shown at the Sundance festival, and had been ranked one of the most promising films there. However, it was too much of a "slice of life" movie, and a little slow paced for my taste.

John (John C. Reilly, "Cirque du Freak") has a rather depressing life, and his ex-wife Jamie (Catherine Keener, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians") has just told him that she is getting remarried. She invites John to a party with her and her fiancee, and it is there that he meets the beautiful Molly (Marisa Tomei, "Wild Hogs"), with whom he soon starts a relationship. There's one problem, however: she is very close with her 21-year-old son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill, "Get Him to the Greek"), who still lives at home with her. John tries to get along with Cyrus, but Cyrus hates him from the get-go, although he "plays nice" in front of Molly and she has no idea what is going on. As John's relationship with Molly gets more serious, the animosity between him and Cyrus becomes more intense, and John must eventually decide if it is worth it to stay in this relationship.

I would say Maybe see this movie. The acting in the movie is great. My problem was its speed - it moved too slowly and I was frequently bored, even though the film is only about an hour and a half long. There are a few comedic moments, but nothing too obvious, and being that I thought the film was going to be a "screwball comedy" of sorts, I had assumed it was going to be funnier. This movie will probably be a breakout film for Jonah Hill, as he is used to being in such crazy comedies as "Superbad" and the recent "Get Him to the Greek," and I am betting the critics will love it as well. In my opinion, however, I thought that "Cyrus" could have done more with the decent material and script-writing that it had to offer.

"Cyrus" premieres in Los Angeles and New York on June 18th, and in Detroit on July 2nd. Click here to see its release dates for other cities.

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