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Cyrus (2010/Fox Blu-ray)

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C+

Cyrus marks brothers Jay and Mark Duplass' follow up to their 2008 horror comedy, Baghead.  The film examines the clinging nature of Reilly's character, John, as he is blind to how much he still relies on his soon to be remarried ex-wife; and the similarly needy relationship Hill's Cyrus has with his mother, played by Marissa Tomei.  Soon their lives will clash after John meets Cyrus' mom at a party, and their subsequent hooking up causes a complete change to the dynamic of their lives.

The movie is far more understated than most audiences would have initially assumed, when considering the presence of both Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly.  While it is certainly good, it might not be for all fans of the stars' more outrageous body of work, as they also draw on their dramatic talents in this one.

While the film is certainly not Step Brothers, there are still enough shenanigans early on in the film to hold interest for those here for the goofy comedy that was implied.  So at least Cyrus is not a total bait and switch. By the end of the film, however, the gravity of the situation sets in, and we see examples of growth and maturity in the characters.  It's all well and good, but there are still things to complain about.  Once things turn serious, we too quickly are left with a dull ending that closes the film on a whimper rather than a bang.

Picture quality on Blu-ray is good, but there might not be too much incentive in a film of this type to fork over the extra money for a premium format.  The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

Sound quality is solid, with a 5.1 DTS-HD mix, but again, the necessity of this could might called into question by some potential customers.  I, myself, didn't feel that there was anything here demanding the Blu-ray treatment, aside from it becoming the new standard.

There are several extras, but nothing that particularly stands out.  These include deleted scenes, a Q&A between the directors of the film, and Fox Movie Channel pieces with Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly.

Cyrus is a decent indie comedy, and one that comes recommended for fans of the films Knocked Up and Juno.

-  David Milchick


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