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Movie Review: Cyrus

Alternate Title: It's Complicated

Story: The writing and directing brother's team of Jay and Mark Duplass have given us a summer treat. Their film is quirky and takes a number of risks. It is comedic with an edge of creepiness.

John is lonely and depressed. His marriage has been over for seven years yet he still is strangely close to his former wife, Jamie. She has feelings of guilt about John so invites him to accompany her and her fiancee to a party in order that he might meet a new woman. Lo and behold, this wreck of a man, latches on to a gorgeous woman and she ends up going home with John but leaves sometime during the night.

John discovers that she has a 22 year old son, Cyrus, living at home with her. That relationship is when the creepy factor crops up. They are uber-close and one can't help but scream 'Oedipus.' How John navigates this mother son bond is the meat of the story. The relationship between Cyrus and John is funny and dark.

Should you see this movie? If you like a film that is a bit unexpected and want to see some fine performances, check it out.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3kOxns7lfM

Acting: John C. Reilly as John, is at the top of his game is a masterful performance. Jonah Hill as Cyrus, goes against type and does a fine job. Marisa Tomei as Molly is terrific as is the always good Catherine Keener as Jamie.

Trivia: In 2002 Jay Duplass collaborated with his brother Mark on This is John, a short film shot digitally for $3 dollars. It was accepted into Sundance 2003, and earned the brothers a representation deal with William Morris. They returned to Sundance 2004 with another digitally shot short, Scrabble. And the following year, they premiered their third short, The Intervention, at Berlin 2005, where it won the Silver Bear and the Teddy Award.

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Sex Spectrum: No nudity but implied sex.

Blatant Product Placement: Apple computer is seen and Red Bull and Adidas are spoken about often.

Soundtrack: Lively

Opening Titles: A sequence showing John' ex-wife trying to get into his home to tell him that she is remarrying.

Theater Audience: Fairly crowded for an early Sunday showing.

Weather: LA delightful

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Predictability Level: I was not sure how this film would end.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: I always promote the big screen but this film would be fine for a rental.

Length: 90 minutes