Morning Glory

Year: 2010
Production Co: Bad Robot
Studio: Paramount
Director: Roger Michell
Producer: J J Abrams
Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson, Ty Burrell

You know when a racehorse gets really old and you keep it around because it used to be a champ? It owes you some good times but in a purely practical sense it's an old, lazy nag who bites and won't let anyone ride anymore and needs to be taken out into the back paddock and left to its dotage in peace?

I couldn't help thinking as much while watching a slow-moving, grizzled, mumbling Harrison Ford amble aimlessly through this film. In one way it's perfect casting – he plays a former hard-hitting news reporter reduced to appearing on a sudsy morning show full of celebrity puff pieces and fairy floss because of a contract loophole. He grumbles his way through the preparation and taping, making life hell for his co-anchor (Keaton) and incoming executive producer Becky (McAdams) who's faced with her big chance. It seems the perfect metaphor for Ford's career in general.

Fortunately it's McAdams' show as the plucky morning show producer given the job nobody wants tries to revive a dying morning talk show. She ropes Pomeroy (Ford) in and tries her damndest to get the ratings up but his prickly reticence is making her job all the more difficult.

There are some good scenes that seem to show the machinations of modern TV quite realistically, and McAdams' bubbly personality keeps things buoyant, but none of it can escape the fluffy premise. Like Ford's character it wants to be serious and authoritative, but can't escape the rom-com trappings. And there wasn't one single joke about early morning erections.

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