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Aroview: This placid yet sophisticated comedy of male rivalry sees a middle-aged divorcee (Reilly) stumble upon the woman of his dreams (Tomei), only to have to fight for her love with her possessive adult son (Hill).
Choosing to neither exaggerate the incestuous overtones present in the mother and son’s unbearably close relationship, nor the battle-of-wits between the two men for broad laughs, directors Jay and Mark Duplass maintain an easy-going approach to the material that, while loyal to their previous indie outings, makes a successful Hollywood breakout project for the pair. The film’s reserved quality is a breath of fresh comedic air, as are the warm and inviting performances of the collective cast, with Reilly, in particular, never better.
Average rating (Good Enough). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
2 stars (Good Try) The lame, punch-pulling ending was very disappointing. ~Nick McB
4 stars (Very Good) Nice to see restraint from actors who usually play quite broadly. Made me realise that the lummox-like Reilly has quite a delicate touch (I hereby approve his casting as me in any future biopics). Well worth seeing. ~HiFi
3 stars (Good Enough) Other than a disappointing ending, Cyrus is funny and touching in equal measure. There may be few laugh-out-loud moments, but Cyrus is an indie comedy that is well worth renting. ~Tom H
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