Opening 25 Nov 2010
Writing credits: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Principal actors: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh
The world premiere showcase of Cyrus at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was not the only kudos the film enjoyed. It received distribution from Fox Searchlight Pictures, ready to hit the silver screen sometime this year. Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, the infamous filmmaking duo is praised for an amusing reality bites love triangle in their latest project Cyrus.
John (John C. Reilly), a diffident divorcé of seven years, attends one more uneventful party hoping to find his soulmate. As luck would have it, John meets beautiful Molly (Marisa Tomei) and their chemistry ignites. John is ecstatic and secretly follows her home. The next day he pays Molly a visit, but in her absence he instead meets her twenty-one year old son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), mistaking him for a younger suitor. Disillusionment floods John’s spirit, but he hides behind his happy-go-lucky mask. Cyrus is fully aware of John’s disappointment, but instead of easing the pain, his delight is to invite John to stay for a chat until Molly’s return, never revealing his true identity. The woman of their dreams returns, and Cyrus sheepishly confesses when Molly introduces John to her son. John, a bit angered at the odd kid, puts on his humor hat and decides to let the situation slide. His desire to make a positive impression on Molly and Cyrus was his first and foremost intent.
The development of John and Molly’s relationship plays its course, but not according to Cyrus’s plan. He is not ready to share his mom with another man. Cyrus doesn’t readily trust John’s intentions anyway and finds comfort in being his mother’s protector. John observes that Cyrus and Molly share a strange mother-son entanglement that concerns him, leading John to wonder if he needs to be Molly’s protector from her own kin. John’s confusion forces him to seek advice from his ex-wife, and she agrees to join them for lunch at the park. Molly, in the middle of two men vying for her affection, sets boundaries for each relationship to function. Her rules go in one ear and out the other to both men. Energized and up to the challenge to be the last man standing to win Molly’s undivided attention, they never think that both of them could lose the battle. Ah yes, the dominant male ego overrides common sense “when true love’s on the line” and often changes the course of destiny not meant to be. (Karen Pecota)