Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly Star in 'Cyrus': Movie Review

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Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly flex their comedic skills in 'Cyrus.'

John C. Reilly has an uncanny gift for making his characters seem

simultaneously depressed and lively. In "Cyrus," he's found his

archetypal role as John, a sometime editor and layabout who, after

seven years, is still reeling from his divorce. (He was dumped.) When

he finds out his ex-wife (Catherine Keener) is remarrying, he goes

into a tailspin but, in a deus ex machina moment, the woman of his

dreams, Molly (Marisa Tomei) comes up to him at a party, and pretty

soon they're a couple. The catch: Her live-in, 21-year-old son

Cyrus (Jonah Hill), Molly's best friend and, as soon becomes

obvious (though not to Molly), John's worst enemy.

Written and directed by the brothers Jay and Mark Duplass,

"Cyrus" is a furtive little farce with a deadpan style all its

own. Reilly doesn't go for the obvious laughs. John's ardor for

Molly is actually quite touching, which is why, when Cyrus threatens

to wreck his elation, he's both bereft and enraged.

Tomei doesn't reach for obvious effects, either. …