Reliance Home Video/Paramount, Rs 499
Merge the stories of Cinderella, The Emperor's New Clothes and Beauty and The Beast and you get Robert Michell's rather entertaining Morning Glory. In keeping with screenplay writer Aline McKenna's earlier film The Devil Wears Prada, this flick is less rom-com and more about one cutesy woman's battle against the office establishment and earning our hurrahs.
Becky (Rachel McAdams) is a workaholic TV producer of the local show Good Morning New Jersey. Thanks to downsizing, she gets fired. But with grit and an unstoppable urge to keep talking she lands herself a job across the Hudson in New York. She is now the producer of Day Break, a news programme in the big, bad world of American network TV. The show is floundering and her job is to make it survive low TRP doom.
Her brainwave: to team up the resident Martha Stewart-type anchor Colleen (Diane Keaton), whose forte is to do 'soft' stories with veteran Pulitzer-winning newsman Mike (Harrison Ford) whose world is full of UN resolutions, senator scams and Bosnia. The mix starts off as a disaster but then...
As far as tackling that age old media debate about 'dumbing down' vs 'serious journalism', this film gets it bang on.
And Harrison Ford as the grouchy veteran journalist with gravitas thrown into the 'frivolous' world of breakfast tv is hilarious.