by Jordache Wee
Release Date: November 10, 2010
Directed by: Roger Michell
Music by: David Arnold
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, John Pankow, Jeff Goldblum, Ty Burrell, Curtis Jackson, Llyod Banks, Tony Yayo
Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) got retrenched from “Good Morning New Jersey”. Desperately, she seeks for a new job within her field of expertise. Soon, she landed a job as the new executive producer at a national morning show called Daybreak.
Becky’s role is to boost up the Daybreak ratings within 6 months otherwise the show is cancel and she will lose her job again.
She tries to put Colleen McVee (Diane Keaton) and Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) together but everything doesn’t seems turn out so well.
Mike is a veteran news journalist who reports on serious and real news but not into tabloid magazine news style, while Colleen is more into lifestyle and entertainment news.
But Mike is under Fuller’s account and she negotiates with him about his contract if he doesn’t do what’s meant to be done and he will lose his salary.
Becky begins to date Adam (Patrick Wilson), also an IBS producer. She improves ratings by persuading Ernie (Matt Malloy) to do the weather while doing stunts, such as riding the new Six Flags roller coaster, the Manhandler.
Later, Adam does not see how he and Becky can date since she is a workaholic.
During a staff meeting, Mike is interested of covering a story. Becky follows him but realizes that he is going to the governor’s summer house instead of the destination she expected. Mike ends up confronting the governor on charges of racketeering, and breaks the story of his arrest on live television, which increases DayBreak’s ratings.
Due to DayBreak’s rise in popularity, Becky receives a job interview from the Today Show. During the interview, DayBreak is on. Between segments, Colleen tells Pomeroy about the interview, and that his refusal to adapt has driven Becky away. He goes to the kitchen where food segments are done. Becky watches in awe as Pomeroy tells the viewers how to make a good frittata.
This is not a romantic film. Much more of a dark comedy about a young workaholic woman desperately trying to boost the network ratings and help Mike Pomeroy to overcome his egoistic and arrogant attitude towards his image.
It’s a fun film especially Harrison Ford as Mike Pomeroy. All the Jedi stuff just keep on hurling in your face. While Rachel plays a smart but naive producer at times, actually most of the times. She’s a happy-go-lucky which is suit the character. Love her attitude!