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While it may strike some viewers as slight, Cyrus is a successful hybrid of mainstream production values and the mumblecore ideals of directors Jay and Mark Duplass.
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Instead of all-out family farce, this goes for naturalistic acting and wry observation, and doesn't quite give us enough of anything.
Simply by treating these characters as real, with all the uncertainty, emotional baggage and bad decisions that entails, the Duplasses expertly expose the hypocrisy of the airbrushed all-American ideal.
Even at its most troubling, Cyrus is powered by a deep vein of humanism, one that offers hope to even the weirdest among us.
Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
Cyrus sounds like the sort of comedy in which people end up dropping buckets of paint on each other's heads, but the Duplasses treat the characters and their dilemma with utmost seriousness, a technique that gives the movie its uncomfortably comic vibe.
Nobody can play beaten and amusing better than Reilly, and no one is better at playing broken, accessible beauty than Tomei.
Wherever it goes, it is excessively drab for a movie set in LA-a peach nightgown Tomei wears is the same color as her skin and the walls at her place-but it lacks the mortifying intensity of an Elaine May movie, which it at times seems to be going for.
It offers you a look at a totally dysfunctional relationship that allows you to look at the relationships in your own life and breathe a sigh of relief.
a sweet, modest, unremarkable film, propped up by seasoned actors playing quirky and "real."
The potentially one-joke premise is given depth, complexity, darkness and pathos by the offbeat execution and the honest performances.
A man battles with his girlfriend's son in this realistic, understated comedy filled with the awkwardness of real life.
... A very fine comic-psychodrama that eschews prat falls and flippancy for a more intimately realist and considered rendering of manchild madness and its antecedents.
First Review of 2012 "Cyrus":
The fantastic ensemble really give off the feeling that they genuinely are a disfunctional family because of amazing chemistry with eachother and still manage to bring some laughs with it. The Duplas' have created a smart and believable movie with a simple yet entertaining central idea.
Sneaky funny. John C. Reilly delivers as usual, Jonah Hill is a hilarious creep.
The Duplass Brothers, show a good film with a good screenplay and direction. A unexpected film, funny and entertaining. Fresh.
Not what I expected (I mean you see John C Reilly and Jonah Hill on a DVD cover you kind of expect a comedy), and while this was funny in a black way, it was not the type of funny you would necessarily expect.
This was quite a twisted little story about what happens when you date a woman who is too close to her adult son. Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill are kind of creepy in the inappropriate closeness they share (even an implied shared shower), but she's attractive and he seems friendly, so it's put down to quirkiness. Soon turns out the son is quite disturbed...
Nicely acted movie, I enjoyed it, and there were a few laughs, though it was a more serious topic than I anticipated. Don't watch it looking for laughs, but if you like something a little deeper and out of the normal, this could be for you.
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