Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cyrus (2010)

Director(s): Jay & Mark Duplass. Cast: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener. 92 min. Rated R. Comedy.

Why lie? Always been a fan of both Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly (rarely have I seen them in a weak film), but Cyrus is primarily a Jonah Hill vehicle. A 21-year-old with an unusually close relationship to Tomei as his mother, he steps in to prevent Reilly as the newfound boyfriend from stealing the show. The incredibly intelligent and initially comedic dialogue between Hill and Reilly builds the emotional tension to a level bordering on a horror movie. The story is about lying, but rarely have I seen a more honest movie. Expect an Oscar nomination for Hill.

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