Cyrus

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Indie romcom swaps raunchiness for quirkiness.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie suggests that it's possible to over-coddle a child to the point where his fixation with his mother can go into overdrive, complicating his parents’ life. But it also promotes the idea that building trust can help overcome problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Conscientious and kind, Molly loves her son, but she begins to worry that she may have been too overprotective and indulgent; she starts thinking about parent-child boundaries late in the game. John doesn't like game-playing in romantic relationships, and he and his ex-wife have what may be the most amicable post-divorce friendship in cinema.

Violence

Two guys tussle at a wedding and yell threats, insults, and painful things at each other.

Sex

The movie begins with a woman barging in on a man who, from the looks of it, is pleasuring himself to Internet porn. Viewers don’t see what he’s watching, but his behind is visible from the back and his underwear low on his hips as he reclines in bed with a laptop in front of him. Also, a couple kisses and rolls around on a sofa and in bed.

Language

Many uses of “f--k," plus "s--t," "hell,"  “a--hole," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

Mentions of Red Bull and Shrek; logos for Trojan condoms, Chevrolet, Apple, and Adidas.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man fills up on “liquid courage” -- beer, Red Bull and vodka -- at a party. Some social drinking at restaurants.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this indie comedy about a romance that’s hampered by an adult child’s fixation with his mother stars Jonah Hill of teen favorites like Superbad and Knocked Up. While this movie isn't as raunchy or over-the-top as those comedies, the subject matter may still be too mature for young teens, and the Oedipus complex references confusing. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and drinking and a few awkward sexual situations (including a scene that implies masturbation), though little nudity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykhan2705 December 6, 2010

indie witty comedy, pretty good.

With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcée finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to... Continue reading
Adult Written byChuck Reid March 30, 2012

This movie is OK.

This movie is OK.It was not terrible nor was it a masterpiece.The jokes were funny but I was just PLAIN BORING.The lines were good so was the voice acting.
Teen, 16 years old Written byRobbyboyfye16 March 31, 2012

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Excellent and Well made Indie Drama/Romcom mixes a good cast.
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2014

What's the story?

John’s (John C. Reilly) ex-wife (Catherine Keener) just announced that she’s getting remarried. The news serves as a wake-up call: He can no longer lament the rut he's in without attempting to leave it. How perfect, then, that he meets Molly (Marisa Tomei) at a party. She shares his vulnerably wacky sensibility, and they hit it off famously ... but there’s another man in her life: her 21-year-old son, the eponymous Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who’s none too pleased to be sharing the woman who once lived only for him. Let the games begin.

Is it any good?

CYRUS will never be mistaken for a typical romantic comedy. Awkward, surprising, and, yes, funny, it swerves when you expect it to stall, slows when you think it will gain speed, and turns dark when you expect it to lighten. And the filmmakers take a gimmick-free approach that wisely avoids the swelling, manipulative soundtrack and cutesy setups of more conventional romcoms.

Reilly and Tomei make an unusual, compelling couple; John and Molly are at ease with their limitations and eager to try for happily ever after, and i’s refreshing to see a movie pairing that’s not all gloss and no substance. And as the son who just can’t let go of Mom, Hill is a joy, particularly when he goes face to face -- literally -- with Reilly in witty verbal skirmishes. All of that said, it's hard not to wonder what would have happened had the filmmakers given into the crazy, unleashing both the unruly Hill we’ve known and loved in movies like Superbad and the feral Reilly that simmers under his gentle surface. The result might have been more typical, but it might also have been more, well, fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Molly’s relationship with Cyrus. Does it seem realistic? How do you think it got to the point it is in the movie?

  • Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Hill's teenage fans? People who enjoy indie comedies?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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