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Cyrus
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12.31.2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Actors:
John C Reilly
Jonah Hill
Marisa Tomei

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A lonely divorced man finally finds the woman of his dreams, only to discover her awkwardly close relationship with her adult son who wants her all to himself.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
“Seriously. Don’t f*ck my mom.” Never has a single line so perfectly defined a movie.

I love awkward humor. The more uncomfortable the better. If you can make me squirm while laughing you've done well. CYRUS offers many moments like these as the title character slyly battles it out with his newfound nemesis, but underneath the laughs it has some solid insight to offer.

The film comes from the Duplass brothers, who bring their extreme indie sensibilities and “mumblecore” style to the mainstream studio and find great success with it. CYRUS is plenty funny, full of fantastic character moments and memorable lines. ("It's like a crippled tree reaching for heaven!"). It takes common situations like being the awkward the third wheel or witnessing a familial relationship that borders on creepy and lets loose two great actors to make the best and most joyously painful material out of it. Amazingly enough it's not afraid to get dark or weird, but still maintains a general appeal to the audience.

The Duplasses (Dupli?) are also smart to present us with real characters and not comic caricatures. Even when Jonah Hill is at his weirdest, he still comes off as a real person and not some wacky movie creation that could never exist in the real world. Same goes for Reilly, whose manic depression and anxious behavior soon become endearing traits. Towards the third act, CYRUS doesn't shy away from getting a little serious and ends up being a pretty honest portrayal about relationships and how we treat each other. All the characters are relatable even if their actions seem like they couldn’t be.

This is a great showpiece for the three main castmembers. John C. Reilly restrains himself from some of his more recent outlandish characters and recalls a bit of his previous serious roles while still being funny. Jonah Hill shows another side to him, much different than anything we've seen him in before—vulnerable, conniving and even quiet. Marisa Tomei also continues her recent strong streak, saddled with the difficult task of maintaining a sympathetic relationship to her closeted monster of a son while still being charming and alluring to Reilly. And she does it without even getting naked!
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Only two, totaling about 10 minutes when you include intros by the Duplass Brothers. The first is a puppet show Reailly throws together to impress Tomei that was rightfully cut, while the second features Cyrus at a party that shows his vulnerable side and makes him a little bit too sympathetic for the rest of the movie.

Q&A with the Duplass Brothers (8:15): A very lo-fi video shot in their home (their kids even make appearances) that's essentially an extremely casual chat about the movie and their experiences in the studio system. An easy watch that suits the filmmakers.

Music Mashup (3:39): John and Jonah film a quick musical performance for the web using Cyrus-style electronica mixed with lines from the movie. Quick and easy.

Behind the Scenes at SXSW (3:18): The Duplass Bros film their festival experience in Austin at a screening of the film. While it was interesting, it's sadly quick. A little more detail about the experiences mentioned would've been nice.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with John C. Reilly (4:38): A quick interview with Reilly where he goes in to his character and the loose nature of the set.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Jonah Hill (3:13): The same as above but with Hill.

Trailers and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
On the surface, CYRUS is simply two talented comic performers riffing on each other in one awkward situation after another, but beneath that the Duplass brothers work to create very real characters in relatable situations and get great performances by John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei.

Extra Tidbit: Mark Duplass is also one of the stars of FX's very funny and underrated "The League."
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