Average criticWIRE grade: B+
All acknowledge the subtle genius of the concept behind the Duplass brothers’s new film “Cyrus,” but opinions on the movie’s execution vary widely.
The basic set-up is as follows: John, played by John C. Reilly, is a divorced run-of-the-mill guy who finds himself dating a first-rate babe, Molly, played by Marissa Tomei. Unfortunately, Molly is not no-strings-attached, and John soon finds himself competing for her attention with Cyrus, the full-grown, live-in son played by Jonah Hillman.
Many reviewer’s tout the film’s successful approach to a taboo subject, such as indieWIRE’s own Peter Knegt and Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times. Leonard Maltin describes the film as “highspot of the summer movie season,” for those who “don’t mind being disarmed, especially by talented actors”. However, New York Times’s Manohla Dargis argues that, for all of its potential originality, “Cyrus” suffers from characters that are a mere “means to a narrative end” and an overall “almost aggressive lack of ambition”. Thus, it seems that the critic is still out on what “Cyrus” makes of it’s peculiar subject-matter.