Koutchboom’s Adventures In Terrible Comedy – Cyrus

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Do terrible things always come in pairs? Or in giant groups? As I travel along this dusty road known as comedy it doesn’t seem like there are going to be a many cool road side attractions, just a bunch of run down old junk. Sure old worn down barns are interesting at first, but ultimately they are very boring. Which is also the case with my next movie ‘Cyrus’.

Cyrus Movie Poster

The plot of this movie is pretty obvious if you’ve seen the trailer. It is some wacky sibling rivalry comedy in which a divorced man (John C. Reilly) fights for the affection of a nice single lady (Marisa Tomei) with her overbearing attached at the hip 22 year old son (Jonah Hill). Now having seen the movie I can say just remove the wacky part and replace it with boring and that sums it up nicely.

Miley Cyrus


This movie is known as what all the hipsters and cool cats are calling mumblecore. It is some new style of film making in which you make a terrible film that looks like shit and cost less than shit to make. They are about interesting relationship dynamics, but made as drab and uninteresting as possible. This movie by all means meets most of those requirements except for the fact the thing cost $7 million dollars to make, you can tell it all went right to Jonah’s gullet, that or someone is running around with 6 million dollars in their pocket. I’ve seen a couple of mumblecore movies, so I had some idea what I was getting into. It was the rest of the audience I felt bad for, they had no idea what they were getting into. Though bless them, whenever something remotely funny happened they all blurted out laughing like the world was going to end if they didn’t, but you could always hear the sadness in their laughter.

John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill Cyrus

Yeah it's about as exciting as this picture.

As you can tell from the trailers that they are trying to pass off this movie as the next film in the John C. Reilly vs Other Comedies series. It sort of rounds off his trilogy (Step Brother and The Promotion being the other two and are worth seeing) and by all means it is John C. Reilly vs. Jonah Hill but it is no where near as wacky and fun as those other two. The marketing team are obviously aware of how boring it is and have made it look like the other films in the trailer. Which is a total shame because this movie has the amazing jokes per minutes record of 1 joke every 30 minutes, that gives you three jokes total. Sure there are some other silly things, but as far as laugh out loud gags they promise in the trailer there are probably only 3.

Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass Directors of Cryus

Armond White is right about mumblecore.

Marketing aside, I am just pointing it out because I know some people are excited for this thinking it is something it totally is not. The movie as far as mumblecore goes is one of the better ones (most mumblecore movies contain no humor or anything). The movie was OK it was just so drab and dull that I couldn’t fain any interest in it. The concept is interesting, but nothing is really developed. There is the whole aspect that John C. Reilly has the same relationship with his ex-wife that Hill has with his mom that is never explored, Reilly never realizes that he and Hill are more alike than they think. Hill just comes off a sociopath and the resolution at the end just happens. Pretty much Hill says that he is sorry and then credits just pop up out of nowhere, that’s it…good enough. That’s sort of the mumblecore mantra.

The one thing I can say about this movie is that it is not worth your time to see in theaters. If you are interested wait for rental, mainly because the whole mumblecore concept of cinematography consists of random zooms and non-framed shots, but it is never done to the extent to give the movie some unique look. It kind of has a documentary look but not really because shit is staged, just badly. Also Jonah Hill is very interesting in this role, he keeps the movie interesting his deadpan humor does hit really well a few times, there is a whole bit where he plays his music for Reilly that is easily the funniest thing in the movie. He has created an interesting character, too bad it was not for an interesting movie. Reilly is fine, no where near as engaging as he was in The Promotion also I never felt any sense of desperation we are suppose to feel from his character, he is just a shlub floating through life. As for Tomei, sure she’s there, I don’t get her big appeal, she decent and all but she’s never wowed me. Most of her praise just feels like critics realizing that they are getting old and can’t pant over younger actresses like they used to, so along comes Tomei who looks good for 46 so critics act like she’s doing amazing work when it’s sub par compared to other actresses her age.

My final thought, if you have any interest in mumblecore then rent this, you will lose interest fast.

Jonah Hill
2 How fat is Jonah Hill going to get out of 4

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22 responses to “Koutchboom’s Adventures In Terrible Comedy – Cyrus”

  1. Bartleby says :

    Koutch, this movie isn’t mumblecore. Yes, the Duplass brothers have tied themselves to that, but for the most part Cyrus looks, sounds and feels like any other movie, borrowing more the tone of mumblecore than the aesthetics.

    But, I laughed at loud at your descrption of what mumblecore is. Can’t say

    • Bartleby says :

      oops…hit the send button. let me finish.

      Can’t say as I disagree with your assessment on mumblecore, but I actually quite liked Cyrus.

      No, it isn’t a ton of laugh out loud comedy moments, but I’d argue neither is it a confusing stack of documentary style ‘character moments’ either.

      The script took three rather interesting characters (look, I don’t like Hill either but I’ll give him his due here) and didn’t force them into awkward, predictable situations fo the sake of the ‘story’.

      I really dug it, personally, but then again I walked in with no expectation.

      My review was over here:


      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah its mumblecore lite, thats why I said it’s the best mumble core.

      • koutchboom says :

        Like maybe it’s not mumblecore in it’s truest form, I mean shit most mumblecore movies cost about as much to make as my breakfast did this morning. This is certainlly big budget hollywood mumblecore. But it still is mumble core. Mumblecore for one is just one of those broad ass ideas anyway. It just needed to be pointed out due to the jarring difference between the trailer and the movie.

        I mean yeah for the most part the movie plays out like The Promotion, but that movie has some style and uniquness to it. This movie is all pretty much flat except for a few intimante moments where the dialog is a step ahead of the action. At the end of the day, go rent The Promotion, it’s a much better movie, funnier and touchier? it is the true sequel to Office Space.

  2. Droid says :

    Who’s looking forward to this?

    I have no idea what mumblecore is and have no interest in finding out.

    Step Brothers fucking sucked. Haven’t seen The Promotion.

    Marisa Tomei is boner inducingly hot and a decent actress to boot. I’d take her over 95% of other actresses out there.

    Not really interested in this film.

    • koutchboom says :

      I’ve got a couple of buddies that think this is going to be some awesome laugh out loud, 60 jokes a minute comedy. And since I didn’t think Hot Tub Time Machine was the greatest movie of the year, they don’t believe me about this movie being mostly boring. I told them that if they go and see it and hate it then they owe me dinner or beer.

      Another movie you could compare this to is Punch, Drunk Love. But nowhere near as well made and interesting as that movie.

      • Jarv says :

        For me, that would be beer. For you, being American, that would be half a cow with extra cheese.

      • koutchboom says :

        Naw because I happen to have lived in your great land known as England right when mad cow broke out, I rarely eat cheeseburgers. Also thanks to that I can no longer give blood, well that and those few years a was a male prostitute.

      • Droid says :

        I like PDL, but it’s a watch once type of movie. This will cross my path one day I’m sure. Tomei is in it.

      • koutchboom says :

        I heard this interesting idea about Punch Drunk the other day. That it is a artsy superhero movie. His suit is his custume, the bad guy is Mr. Mattress. Notice the alliteration in the bad guys name. He gains power from his love. I like that whole idea.

      • Stuntcock Mike says :

        Hot Tub was okay. Exactly what I expected, a few laughs, nothing more. Fair to middlin amount of tit.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah that’s what I thought about it. And I told me buddy that when I saw it so he didn’t see it in theaters and was all pissed at me.

  3. Jarv says :

    Isn’t Kevin Smith Mumblecore.

    • koutchboom says :

      I think Kevin Smith was around before mumblecore.


      I dont think its Mumblecore stylistically…..its gotta be more than just talking a lot.

      He doesn’t do hand-held– his shit is always locked, and he’s always had good sound quality. Also– I think he’s too comedic…

      Its interesting so many write-ups compare mumble to Altman.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah Mumble core sort of like that whole Dogma movement Lars and his butt buddies do. I don’t think there is a standard set of rules like there is for that, even though they make up rules as they go along.

        But it’s like you have to be part of the cool kids club to be making mumblecore. I think maybe there is some sort of grand wizzard type who only views 10 movies a year and grants them permission into the sacred society of mumblecore.

        I bet mumble core people fucking hate Kevin Smith.

  4. Jarv says :

    Any “movement” where the people involved have to make up their own tag is automatically dogshit.

  5. Stuntcock Mike says :

    Bless you for putting a Miley pic up there Koutch.

  6. ThereWolf says :

    Don’t know this movie. Sounds naff.

    I’ve heard of this thing called ‘mumblecore’ but probably wouldn’t know if I was watching one.

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