New Trailer: Is ‘Morning Glory’ a Comedic Oscar Contender?

Rachel McAdams in Morning Glory

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Apple has debuted the trailer for Roger Michell’s upcoming comedy Morning Glory starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum. Paramount is set to release the film on November 12 and while I see a lot of traditional jokes in this trailer I have high hopes it will stand out when the year is said and done, primarily because I like the cast and Michell has done some decent to good work, with Notting Hill being a so-so rom-com feature and Venus being a particularly great film. Obviously my hopes for Morning Glory are high, it’s one of the many films included in my “The Contenders” section and one I have listed as a potential Best Picture nominee.

Morning Glory is a pretty straight-forward movie about a morning show that’s a ratings loser that has just hired on Becky Fuller (McAdams) to hopefully turn the show around. She brings a legendary news anchor in Mike Pomeroy (Ford), teaming him with Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality, and things move from there. Like I said, straight-forward stuff and the jokes used in the trailer are likely to be the least interesting of the bunch as they are needed to get the herds into the theaters and not convince us of the movie’s wit.

Of course, I am bring rather optimistic here, but hey, what is someone that covers movies for a living if they don’t hope for the best with each one they see? I was taught my expectation limit already this week when Sex and the City 2 actually proved to be more entertaining than this weekend’s other big release… Go figure…

With that, here’s the trailer for Morning Glory followed by the complete synopsis. Give it a watch and let me know what you think?

From director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill,” “Venus”), producer J.J. Abrams (“Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “Star Trek”), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “27 Dresses”), comes “Morning Glory,” a new romantic comedy set in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.


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