Morning Glory

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Workplace comedy is winning but predictable; OK for teens.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Hard work and heart win over cynicism in this workplace comedy. The main character believes that you can succeed by applying yourself 100 percent to your job. Nevertheless, work is superseded by friendship, family, and love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Becky is quite ambitious, but she's also unabashedly earnest and well-meaning, and her goals don’t supersede her humanity.


Characters insult and yell at each other; one man does dangerous things (jumping out of planes).


A couple makes out. They're shown kissing and groping each other, with the woman stripped down to her underwear and blouse. Some sexual innuendo. One character mentions a sex website; he also has a foot fetish.


Fairly frequent use of words like "s--t," “bastard,” “bitch,” "ass," “a--hole,” “butt,” "damn," "crap," "oh my God," "goddamn," and "hell." Also infrequent use of "f--k."


Products/brands mentioned/with logos shown include Sony, NBC, Apple, Barefoot Contessa, Trump, The Today Show, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One adult character smokes a cigar. He also gets drunk and has a reputation for getting drunk prior to performing tasks he dislikes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this workplace comedy -- which co-stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton -- is formulaic, but it's also surprisingly earnest and full of heart. Though some of the characters are self-centered and surly, the movie ultimately has positive messages about the value of hard work and authenticity. Expect some making out and a few sexual innuendoes, a fair bit of swearing (including "f--k"), some drinking and cigar smoking, and disheartening bitterness from some of the more hardened characters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl1976 August 30, 2020

Like it....

My first review. This seems to be a low budget movie. Rachel saves the movie, she was at the brink of overdoing it however she managed to keep her role under co... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 6, and 8-year-old Written byThat Darn February 3, 2012

Love Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton - hate this show

Very boring and slow
I kept waiting for Harrison Ford's character to liven things up and it never happened; Racheal McAdam's character is to... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIlikemoviesandgames December 29, 2019

I enjoyed it. I also thought it was funny

A comedy is supposed to make to make you laugh. This is a comedy so it made me laugh soooooo that's why I like it.

There is some sex where the main char... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by13hclover May 29, 2017

Really strange... in a good way

It was pretty good. The role models varied, some okay, some less. I think that generally it would be kinda boring for younger kids but I can't judge all of... Continue reading

What's the story?

After being laid off from her job at a middling New Jersey TV show, Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) throws herself into the job search, finally landing a position as a producer for fourth-ranked morning news show Daybreak. The opportunity kickstarts the can-do attitude that has always fueled her. Sadly, not everyone at the network shares Becky's zeal. Daybreak's ratings are in the Dumpster, and, amazingly, can sink even further. It doesn't help that morale is low, ideas are unoriginal, and veteran co-anchor Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) is frustrated. A brilliant idea to hire iconic newsman Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) to join Colleen may be Daybreak's ticket out of the ratings gutter. But Becky's new love interest (Patrick Wilson) says that Mike is the "third-worst person in the world." Can Becky make it work?

Is it any good?

It takes a special kind of actress to make a fairly formulaic movie -- which invites comparisons to the now-classic Broadcast News but can't possibly outdo it -- surprisingly appealing. And that person is Rachel McAdams. She attacks the role of Becky with such authenticity and emotion that we buy her, predictable banter and all. She gives this otherwise-nearly forgettable film soul and carries her weight against the delightful Keaton (who's underused) and memorable Ford (whose character is underexplored). Even Wilson as the token love interest and Jeff Goldblum as Becky's sarcastic network boss have spark.

Too bad, then, that they're all underserved by a story that captures only the typical talking points of any movie that goes behind the scenes of network TV. (Surely, there must be more material to mine than bickering co-hosts and ratings anxiety.) Nevertheless, MORNING GLORY is entertaining, thanks in part to director Roger Michell's peppy pacing and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna's engaging dialogue (she also penned The Devil Wears Prada). Morning Glory is no Network, no Broadcast News, but for McAdams, it's further proof of her impressive talent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about the media itself. What is it saying about the importance of entertainment vs. news? What about morning shows?

  • Is Becky a positive role model? Why or why not? What about the other characters?

  • What keeps Becky going despite all of the setbacks she encounters? Does her attitude work for her?

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