If nothing else, Morning Glory has an A-list feel. It has an A-list cast: Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. It has an A-list release date: right before the holidays. And its premise—plucky young producer (McAdams) tries to get a semi-retired newsman (Harrison) to do happy talk on the morning news— is reminiscent of the decidedly A-List Broadcast News.
But Morning Glory is not an A-list film. It barely makes it onto the B-list.
So what’s the problem? Let’s start with a script that seems to have been buried in a vault for 20 years. Not only is this a film about TV that makes no mention of Hulu, Facebook, or TiVo (there is one token reference to YouTube), but at one point, the low-rated morning show is threatened to be cancelled in favor of—wait for it—game shows and soap operas. (The only thing more endangered than low-rated morning talk shows? Game shows and soap operas.)
The other problem is the film’s aggressive cutesiness. McAdams, who is undeniably adorable, is playing that stock chick-...