A hotshot television producer is set the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors.
“Morning Glory” focuses on a young woman who is supposed to bring new life to a morning show called Daybreak, that’s fourth in the market, and they’re basically only four stations that have morning shows, so it’s not doing very well at all. The idea is that they have a difficult group of people and the world’s third nastiest human being that they, through a contract fluke, get as the co-anchor. The first half of this movie really works, and especially it works if you know anything about morning shows and television. Harrison Ford is, to a certain extent, badly miscast in this, because he would never be a morning person, because he’s not very charming. Either in person or as his persona. Diane Keaton is probably a little long in the tooth to be on a morning show and Rachel MacAdams is probably a little young and naive. Jeff Goldblum is the most credible person in it and he plays a rather blasé, cynical corporate executive who figures might as well throw another body onto the funeral pyre. As I said, I liked the first half of this. The second half had no place to go, and the love story doesn’t make any sense. There are some moments in it that are charming. It’s fun watching these people work but it’s probably more Rachel MacAdams’ movie than anybody else’s. Some of the repartee, when she and Harrison Ford are going at it, is kind of amusing. It’s just a little unbelievable. Some of the writing is fairly clever. Two and a half stars.