LADEN with polished one-liners, Morning Glory is a comedy based on a TV breakfast show called Daybreak. Scriptwriter Aline Brosh McKenna hasn't been drawing inspiration from the critically lambasted replacement for GMTV.
Instead, she breathes in the jaded air of American network morning shows, which gently rouse viewers from their slumber with a blend of news and lighthearted human-interest stories. Against this backdrop of on-air calamity, McKenna charts the precars ious rise of an ambitious young woman, drawing obvious comparisons with her screenplay for The Devil Wears Prada.
In that film, Anne Hathaway weathered the hysterical barbs of Meryl Streep's haughty fashion magazine doyenne.
Here, Rachel McAdams's perennially perky producer endures a verbal onslaught from a veteran anchorman, who believes that a job in front of the cameras on morning TV is far below him.
He may be right. Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is one of the brightest stars at Good Morning New Jersey but her sterling efforts are rewarded with redundancy. Unperturbed, the young producer telephones every network searching for a job to the despair of her mother (Patti D'Arbanville), who wants her daughter to give up her dream of working in television.
New York network manager, Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum), offers her Daybreak. Morning Glory is a hoot, distinguished by a performance from Ford as the revered news man.