Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor
Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly Star in 'Cyrus': Movie Review
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. …