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Friday, June 18, 2010

Movie Review: Cyrus

Jay and Mark Duplass have grown up a bit since the 2005 Sundance favorite The Puffy Chair, the story of two brothers who buy a chair on eBay and then drive across the country to deliver to their father as a birthday present.  Members of the 20/30-something micro-budget indie genre labeled “mumblecore,” a terminology its so-called members abhor, the brothers bring us their first “mainstream” effort after their 2008 quirky thriller BagheadCyrus, stars John C. Reilly as John, a man in social exile – divorced for 7 years without any significant relationships in the interim.  One day his ex-wife, Jamie (the wonderful Catherine Keener) who appears to be one of his only friends and is about to remarry, convinces him leave his bachelor den to attend a party.  At said party, John gets ridiculously drunk and still manages to woo the woman of his dreams, Molly (Marisa Tomei). It’s like at first awkward exchange and things progress extremely well, until John makes a surprise visit to Molly’s house and meets her 21 year old son and amateur electronic music composer, Cyrus (Jonah Hill).  John soon discovers that Molly and Cyrus are very close, maybe a little too close.