"Cyrus" is the biggest surprise of the summer season so far. It's an intimate, edgy, funny, brilliantly-acted character study.
It stars John C. Reilly as a sad man who has given up on romance until he meets Molly, the woman of his dreams, played Oscar-caliber by Marisa Tomei.
One problem: Molly has an odd, goofy, live-in son, played well by Jonah Hill, and it creates instant conflict in their relationship.
What makes this movie so unique, so original, so edgy, is that you never know what is going to happen. Writer-directors Mark and Jay Duplass have created a true work of cinematic art that scares you one minute and makes you laugh the next.
Be careful; "Cyrus" is rated an authentic, real-life R, and after experiencing their personal story on such an intimate level, I ended up celebrating all three main characters in a way that is rare in movie theaters.
"Cyrus" is an honest film that gets better and better the more I think about it. It's a jewel in a cinematic summer of disappointment.