July 11, 2010
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John C. Reilly is a rare actor. One that can move seemlessly between comedy and drama and convey both quite well. Here, he is given the opportunity to step up his game. Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei give each other a run for the money.
John stars as John, a lonely divorcee who can’t get over his ex from 7 years ago. After being dragged to a party by his ex-wife (Catherine Keener) and her fiance, and some failed attempts at a conversation, John meet Molly. Molly, played by Marisa Tomei, is a lovable and adorable women who seems to be taken by John almost immediately. After a VERY fast couple of days, John “just happens” upon Molly’s house and meets her son, Cyrus. Here is where the movie takes off.
The movie draws heavy from the oedipal relationship between Cyrus and Molly. The closer John seems to be getting to Molly, the more Cyrus attempts to tear them apart. At first it appears playful, but it quickly becomes apparent to John that what Cyrus is doing is intentional.
The comedy feels very easy to get but the best parts seem to be improv. All three leads do a great job of playing off of each other; challenging each other to go further. Though the final act is predictable, it still feels mostly genuine. It’s everything Greenberg is without the pretentiousness. 4 out of 5 stars.