Preview review: McAdams, Keaton, Ford shine in 'Morning Glory'
Many who've seen the trailer for the new Rachel McAdams movie "Morning Glory" are already drawing comparisons between this film and "Broadcast News," the classic '80s workplace drama about reporters who fight and fall in love at a local news station.
But to be honest, "Morning Glory" kind of reminds of last year's Katherine Heigl film "The Ugly Truth" -- only, well, good. In that film, Heigl played a morning news producer who struggled against a network who wanted to dumb down its programming with a sex-fueled show hosted by Gerard Butler's character.
In this movie, out in November, desperate job seeker Becky Fuller (McAdams) takes a gig as a TV producer at "Daybreak," a national morning news show with sagging ratings. She brings old hand Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) on board, a famous TV anchor who stubbornly refuses to cover any fluffy news items and looks down upon his co-host, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton).
One example of their on-air banter?
"I suppose I don't have standards?" Colleen asks Mike at one point in the trailer.
“Sure you do. When you got your pap smear on air, you wore a silk robe. Classy touch," Ford's character quips.
Meanwhile, of course, in addition to the sparring co-hosts, Becky has to juggle a budding romance with a fellow producer (Patrick Wilson).
Obviously, the cast here is pretty outstanding (Jeff Goldblum, who is great in this summer's upcoming "The Switch," also plays a smaller role in the film). Keaton and Ford look physically perfect as the two anchors -- she has the Meredith Vieira look down pat, while Ford's Brooks Brothers attire and combed-back hair scream a slightly older Brian Williams. It's nice to see Ford playing a lighter role after his turn as a solemn scientist in the horrendous flop "Extraordinary Measures" earlier this year. Toss in McAdams, who we've always been fans of, plus the fact that the movie was produced by J.J. Abrams and written by "Devil Wears Prada" scribe Aline Brosh McKenna?
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-- Amy Kaufman (Twitter.com/AmyKinLA)
Photo: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star in "Morning Glory." Credit: Paramount Pictures
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