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John C. Reilly plays John, still wallowing in loneliness seven years after his divorce. Now, his ex-wife Jamie (Catherine Keener) is getting re-married and she takes John to a party in the hope that he'll find himself a girlfriend. He does, in the form of a beautiful woman named Molly (Marisa Tomei). When John becomes curious about Molly's secretive nature he follows her home and meets her 21-year-old son Cyrus (Hill). Cyrus comes off a bit weird, but friendly but John notices the relationship between Molly and Cyrus is rather unconventional; they share a close bond that borders on the near incestuous. John becomes suspicious of Cyrus' motives very quickly, but finds himself in a rut not wanting to damage his new relationship with Molly.
The film moves at a very quick pace and boasts a solid script although writer/directors Jay & Mark Duplass do allow their actors a lot of room for improvisation.Read more ›
No, I don't usually like movies that feature quite a bit of improvisation and jerky cinematography. Nonetheless, 'Cyrus' has enough crazy moments in it, that it's actually kind of funny. This is not your usual laugh out loud comedy. Rather, it's a farce where we're asked to laugh at (not with) a set of sharply defined, passive-aggressive character types.
A central characteristic of the passive-aggressive personality type is that he/she rarely is able to express anger in a direct, forceful way. Instead, the anger is expressed in a series of short, aggressive bursts and passive retreats. The passive aggressive personality lives in a pressure cooker and inevitably must end up exploding. But once the explosion is over, they will end up where they started: in the same passive aggressive holding pattern, leading nowhere. Passive aggressives can also be thought of as belonging to the larger family of masochists who enjoy inflicting pain on themselves by not really letting go of their anger--by the same token, they appear to enjoy engaging in minor skirmishes, where they may win a minor battle or two but never can truly claim victory in an 'all out war'.
At the outset of 'Cyrus', we see that we're dealing with some very screwed up passive aggressive types. John's ex-wife, Jamie, aggressively enters his house without telling him and then catches him masturbating. At first, her reaction is normal, heading for the door, shrieking with great embarrassment after catching him in the act. But after listening to his lame explanation that he had "jock itch", Jamie passively tells him she didn't see anything and the confrontation dies.
If the characters in Cyrus were merely neurotic losers, the film wouldn't be very funny.Read more ›
The film stayed very real and each of the actors played from the heart. There isn't a boring scene in this film! Check it out.
A story about a young man's (played by Jonah Hill) unwillingness to let go of his mother-attachment is not new, and even Jonah's portrayal suggested he also might have thought it kind of stupid, but he played it with his special skill and made it sort of funny!
John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei each reveal their seasoned experience as actors and don't disappoint.
You might enjoy this film if you view it as the slight comedy that it really is. I just expected more than the film delivered.
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Very enjoyable story with lovable characters. Great performances by this ensemble cast! It made me laugh.Published 1 month ago by Ms. Power
Good film...for all those guys out there that are thinking of hooking up with a woman who is already raising a kid.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
somewhat entertaining because Marissa Tomei is so easy to watchPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
snoozer. I kept waiting for the movie to get good but it never came. bummer.Published 4 months ago by lulu