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Don't F*** My Mom!
It seems like now a days all comedies are nothing more than mindless d*** joke after d*** joke these days. Not that there's anything wrong with it, as there are some comedies like "Hot Tub Time Machine" and "Hangover" that seem to pull it off well. However, it does leave you wishing that there would be more comedies like "Rushmore" or "The Royal Tenenbaums" to at least balance it out. Sadly, for every witty style comedy that doesn't resort to low brow humor, there's about anywhere from ten to twenty that do use a lot of low brow sex and fart jokes. And the kicker here is that the ones that do use fart and sex jokes obsessively, most of them tend to suck while the rest are just border line decent. With only a handful that are really any good to be considered classics. However, every now and then comes a comedy that is definitely worth the wait. Although many people probably never heard of this film, they should become more familiar with "Cyrus", as this is definitely one of the best movies of the summer hands down.
The story is a about a typical guy named John (John C. Reilly), who feels like a loser in his life, as he still constantly struggles with the opposite sex on a daily basis. With the only woman he's ever loved being his ex-wife, Jamie (Catherine Keener) is about to be married again soon to another man. Although they've been divorced for almost a decade and they're still good friends, John still can't get over the depression that the only girl he's been with seriously is about to get married again. At the suggestion of his ex, John reluctantly goes to the engagement party to other meet girls. Sadly, he seems to continuously strike out with all of them, as he even admits to a girl that he's borderline desperate for any girl at this point in his life. That's when he meets Molly (Marisa Tomei), a girl that immediately captures John's heart and interest rather quickly. Plus, unlike most of the girls at the party, she didn't mind hearing John's brutal and blunt honesty when he confessed how desperate he was. Needless to say, they begin a romance that seems almost too good to be true, as she's everything John could have asked for in a girl.
However, there's only one small problem. Her full grown son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), lives with her and royally hates his guts. Sure, his resentment towards him comes off as subtle, at first, as John wonders if it's just his own insecurities playing with him or if Cyrus really has it in for him. As he soon learns, Cyrus isn't too keen on the idea of his mom dating him, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to break them up. Luckily, John isn't prepared to go without a fight either, but neither of them are willing to tell Molly right away about their bickering. Which only creates and sets up many comedic moments throughout the movie.
I know for many of you who might have seen Billy Bob Thornton's movie, "Mr. Woodcock", you might be thinking this film is probably something of a rip off of that flick. To be honest, you might be right about that too, to some extent. However, there is a key difference between these two films. Unlike "Mr. Woodcock", this film doesn't solely rely on cheer fart, sex and d*** jokes throughout the entire movie. No, "Cyrus" relies more situational type comedy and witty dialogue to create the laughs. You know, kind of like how great TV shows like "Seinfeld" and "Friends" used to do. The way the story is set up, it's made to be a lot more believable and engaging for the audience to identify with each character. Without resorting to stereotypes like "Mr. Woodcock" does, nor does it resort to the same petty outlandish slap stick style comedy.
Which don't get me wrong, I have no problem with that type of humor either, as I grew up watching plenty of "Monty Python" films during my time. However, it gets boring after a while, as it seems like almost all comedies are like that. Therefore, it's very refreshing to see a film like "Cyrus." A witty style comedy that doesn't resort to slapstick, but rather just use real life situations to create the comedy. Something that most films tend to lack in this day and age.
Plus, if that wasn't interesting enough, I love the simplicity of the cinematography. As it almost makes it feel like your watching them through a hidden camera, which helps increase the authenticity and believability of the film itself.
Overall, "Cyrus" definitely won't make the same type of money you'll see other comedy films like "Grown Ups" or "Death at a Funeral" will probably make. However, it definitely beats both those films hands down in terms of quality. For those yearning to see a more sophisticated style of comedy without the artsy flair of a Wes Anderson flick, then you'll definitely love this film. "Cyrus" is not only one of the best comedies of year, it's one of the best summer films of this year as well. I highly recommend it to all those that yearn to see a different type of comedy out there, with none of the low brow d***, sex and fart jokes.