Becky (Rachel McAdams) is a hard-working morning TV show producer, or at least she was until she got fired. Desperate to get a job, she finally gets an interview with Jerry (Jeff Goldblum) – who is desperate to hire a producer for the struggling show “Daybreak”. Becky accepts the job and it proves to be more difficult than even she might be able to handle. She has to fire the sexist co-host, then try to convince egotistical news reporter, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), to take the job, and then try and get him to actually do the job, properly. And she has to do this while falling for handsome Adam (Patrick Wilson), and trying to save the show from plummeting ratings. Will Becky be able to hold on to her dream job and her sanity? –IMDb
An award-winning play director whose venture into film and television proved equally successful, Roger Michell directed one of the highest grossing British films of all time, “Notting Hill.”
Michell was born in South Africa but spent significant parts of his childhood in Beirut, Damascus and Prague since his father’s job as a diplomat required the family to move often. While in England, he enrolled at Cambridge University and, by age 17, received considerable attention for his directing talents. The same year, he earned the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company Goodbody Award, named after the acclaimed British female director Buzz Goodbody, who committed suicide at the age of 29.
After graduating from Cambridge in 1977, Michell moved to London and began an apprenticeship at the Royal Court Theatre. During this time he was living hand-to-mouth in a rundown section of town, but he was gaining invaluable experience acting as assistant director to noted British playwrights… read more
Rachel McAdams plays Faye Dunaway's character from /Network/ as that character would have written herself.
This was almost good: McAdams does a fine job of making most of the contrived romantic comedy elements feel real, and as overplayed as the Keaton and Ford characters were, the actors did well enough to make them bearable; John Pankow, as McAdam's second-in-command, gives the most consistently good performance with a small character. About two-thirds in, there's a montage with some clever satire with tickers, however, shortly thereafter, the movie announces itself as a cheerleader for mediocrity (it had been implying the position throughout, but with the news ticker bit, I thought, maybe, all of that was part of some fluffy attempt at satire) with the lame attenuation of people who struggle to excel and the reinforcement that those who do not must live happier lives, made complete by McAdams learning in the end to not try so hard.
In Broadcast News, we sympathized with Holly Hunter's drive to maintain the respectability of the nightly news. Now, 25 years later, we're supposed to sympathize with Rachel McAdams' attempts to turn a respected newsman into a buffoon and bring the standards of a morning show as low as they can possibly go. Still, mildly entertaining if you don't think about it.
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Most people, not me particularly get up in the morning and while having a cup of coffee and getting ready for work might check out morning shows such as “Good Morning America” or the “Today Show… read review
This is one of those movies that’s good to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was made as a low-key satire without much profanity, juvenile toilet humor or sexual interest (a key turnoff for the… read review