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Wake Up, America: Despite a few character flaws, Morning Glory keeps you tuned in

Rachel McAdams delivers a great performance in Morning Glory with help from Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford.


Morning Glory
's Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is relatable, but at the same time her character is flawed. We all know her, or at least we've all met someone exactly like her. She (or he) was the person sitting in the front row in every class. She's enthusiastic about her job and she's incredibly driven. For those of us who studied broadcasting, it goes a little further because we know someone who is a Becky Fuller incarnate - the person who was always the first in the editing room and the last to leave, and when they said they'd someday work for The Today Show, you believed them.

There's a problem with Becky's character in Morning Glory. At work she's on her game, she kicks ass and takes names. When she abruptly loses her job as a producer at a local morning news show her world crumbles as she takes on a thick coat of desperation. Despite that and her young age, Becky is given a chance to executive produce a failing network morning news program called Daybreak. At her first meeting, she proves how talented she really is and lays it all on the line by firing the male co-anchor. It's understandable that someone like that would have insecurities, especially in their personal life, but in contrast to her work persona Becky's neurotic lack of self-confidence is unbelievable and borderline ridiculous. Of course, as the film progresses, Becky gains more confidence in both her professional and personal lives.

Morning Glory isn't your typical romantic comedy. Sure, Becky falls for a handsome beefcake producer at the network, but their whole relationship is secondary, almost an afterthought. The real romance is between Becky and her job. In order to save the deteriorating news program, she brings in seasoned news veteran Mike Polmeroy (Harrison Ford), hoping to give the show a boost, but the cantankerous newsman doesn't make it easy for her. In reviving the show, Becky is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, no thanks to Mike. The temptation is romantic comedy cliché - choosing between the football player she pined for in high school and the lovable chess club member she fell for in the "real world."

It's a breath of fresh air to see a rom-com that doesn't focus completely on the relationship between the woman and her boyfriend (though the same screenwriter also penned The Devil Wears Prada, which is also a job-centric flick). Odds are, you're going to find a great guy, but for the modern career woman, finding a job you love may be the bigger struggle.

Morning Glory


Starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton.

Directed by Roger Michell

Rated PG-13.

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