You might be forgiven for thinking Morning Glory, in which co-stars Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford play vain and bickering TV show hosts, was a standard rom-com about two cranky geriatrics who eventually fall in love.
Writer Aline Brosh McKenna’s smart, funny and endearing screenplay is all about showcasing its adorable young star.
Rachel McAdams plays Becky, an enthusiastic television producer who accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts. While the camera loves the sunny exuberance of its gorgeous leading lady, filming her in warm light and flattering angles and dressing her in pricey Louboutin shoes and flowing silk outfits, it also presents her as a mildly neurotic workaholic who’s unfailingly passionate about her floundering career. Somehow all this irrepressible enthusiasm doesn’t come off as annoyingly perky; we’re always rooting for her, even though people keep asking her if she’s about to burst into song.