[Last Time I Saw] Cyrus (2010)

Cyrus poster

Title: Cyrus
Year: 2010
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Directors/Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Music: Michael Andrews
Cinematography: Jas Shelton
Cast:
John C. Reilly
Jonah Hill
Marisa Tomei
Catherine Keener
Matt Walsh
Rating: 6.3/10

Saw it on the plane back to SH, one reason I chose to watch this film is because of both Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener are the most amazing actresses among their peers, even though Jonah Hill and John C. Reiley are both among my please-avoid-them list.

The film is generally well-intentioned, a tug-of-war between a mamma’s boy and his mom’s new boyfriend, a middle-aged film editor still under the shadow of his divorce when his ex-wife-cam-best-friend is going to get married again.

Its indie attribute makes this film is much more affecting than Jonah and John’s mainstream comedies. Actually this film is better categorized as a drama than a comedy, at least for me, all sporadic laughters are with some bitter taste.

I enjoy my 90-mins with the film, but I could only call it a good film with a solid performance from the cast. and the directors Duplass bothers are a blank paper to me. I certainly feel Marisa and Catherine are under exploitation, John C. Reiley is memorable while Jonah Hill is a major miscast here, apparently he is both too old as Marisa’s son and as a 21 y.o., his acting is plain with an unexplainable creepiness.

Human League’s DON’T YOU WANT ME is a highlight, the party scene when John and Marisa first met is the quintessence of the film, sadly the ending is disappointing with a cheesy twist, Duplass brothers are truly at their wit’s end.

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