Cyrus gives audiences another taste of Reilly and Hill on-screen chemistry

Moviegoers got a glimpse of the chemistry between John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill in 2007’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, but with this month’s Cyrus, the pair star alongside Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei and Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener and the result is a success.

John (Reilly) is a down-on-his-luck divorcee who reluctantly accepts the invitation offered by his ex-wife/best friend Jamie (Keener) and her fiancé Tim (Matt Walsh) to join them at a party, where he meets Molly (Tomei). A relationship blooms between John and Molly that always ends with her leaving his house early. One day, he follows her and lurks outside her house where he is greeted by Cyrus (Hill), Molly’s 21-year-old son who still lives at home and does not like the idea of Molly and John’s relationship.

If anyone is not familiar with the work of Jay and Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead), Cyrus is a great way to introduce them to moviegoers with the help of a great cast and funny and many awkward comedic moments.

The Duplass Brothers’ third film manages to fuse the elements of improvisational comedy and uncomfortable humor to tell a story of middle-age romance. The Duplass brothers’ are directors who like to take advantage of their character’s awkward moments.

As one of the best character actors in Hollywood, John C. Reilly manages to balance comedy and drama with his role as a lovable loser in Cyrus.

Whether he is trying to woo women at a party in a drunken stupor or confronting Cyrus to not mess up his ex-wife’s wedding, you cannot help but root for him to overcome Cyrus’ attempts at sabotage.

Marisa Tomei brings a certain quality to the film as a woman who feels split in two by feeling she needs to share relationships with John and Cyrus. Jonah Hill’s role as Cyrus is his best and most complex performance because it’s different than his roles in Get Him to the Greek and Superbad. Hilll nails the attitude of the character that borders between bratty and psychotic when it comes to his mother.

Reilly, Hill and Tomei are brilliantly cast in their roles. From the first moment they meet, Reilly and Tomei have great chemistry together that makes it believable that these two adults are meant to be soul mates. Reilly and Hill are also great together because it feels like they are picking up where they left off from their small moments they shared in Walk Hard with each performer sharing hate for one another’s character, which develops slowly but surely.

The story is not predictable, but the comedy in the first two acts slowly progresses as the movie. Cyrus gets a bit more serious and dramatic towards the end of the movie that seems out of place for a movie that has the audience laughing the entire time.

Cyrus is a funny film that really stands out from other comedies that have come out this year with the casting of terrific actors, their chemistry together and many humorous moments. However, the cinematography is a bit jarring at times and the serious moments towards the end of the movie don’t transition well from the funny beginning.
CYRUS: 4 stars out of 5

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