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Cyrus

Release Date: June 18, 2010

It's okay to let some other people star in some movies, Jonah.

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98/190 Max Braden I'm glad this wasn't just stupid comedy like Step Brothers, but the result is a little weird. Still, Reilly is sympathetic.

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Over the past few years, the Duplass brothers have helped to define indie cinema. Together, Mark and Jay have written and directed The Puffy Chair and Baghead, and Mark has also been a featured performer in such stuff as Humpday and Greenberg. They return with Cyrus, a slightly more mainstream comedy - though still probably not for wide consumption. Fox Searchlight Pictures, the studio that has been able to build such indie hits as Crazy Heart, (500) Days of Summer, Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler and Juno, will lead the charge for the brothers' latest project.

Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as...John. Recently divorced, lonely and finding it difficult to adjust to the changes in his life, he meets a woman named Molly (Marisa Tomei) at a party. Thinking that perhaps she's the ideal person to help him start over, he strikes up a relationship with her. The only problem is Molly's son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who is determined to make John's attempted romance a complete failure - and even causes problems unintentionally.

As one might expect from a Duplass film, Cyrus looks decidedly offbeat. Reilly's easygoing everyman is appealing in that he's highly relatable. He hasn't had the easiest transition to leading man, but perhaps a smaller film is a setting that will enable him - and Cyrus - to succeed. (Kim Hollis/BOP)




Vital statistics for Cyrus
Main Cast John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei
Supporting Cast Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh, Katie Aselton
Director Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Screenwriter Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Distributor Fox Searchlight Pictures
Official Site http://www.foxsearchlight.com/cyrus/
Rating R
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