When I heard that two brothers made a movie about a dating single mom, I said, “Excuse me?”
Why in the world would Jay and Mark Duplass – a screenwriter/producer team who are both married fathers with toddlers – write and direct a film about a single mom?
I got curious. After all, Cyrus is NOT some thriller or action film that’s bringing them to the forefront… it’s a movie about a single mom who’s dating. Don’t get me wrong: I was thrilled to hear that a genuine, real film about a dating single mom was going big. (Because we ARE mainstream, after all!).
No worries: you won’t read any spoilers in this post. I’ve been trying to see Cyrus for two weeks now, and at last, I’m off to see it tonight!
Recently, during a telephone press conference, I got to ask them about what motivated these guys to make this film. Here’s the gist of it:
Still single seven years after the breakup of his marriage, John (John C. Reilly) had all but given up on romance. But at the urging of his ex-wife and best friend Jamie (Catherine Keener), John grudgingly agrees to join her and her fiancé Tim (Matt Walsh) at a party. To his and everyone else’s surprise, he actually manages to meet someone: the gorgeous and spirited Molly (Marisa Tomei).
Their chemistry is immediate. The relationship takes off quickly but Molly is oddly reluctant to take the relationship beyond John’s house. Perplexed, he follows her home and discovers the other man in Molly’s life: her son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill).
A 21-year-old new age musician, Cyrus is his mom’s best friend and shares an unconventional relationship with her. Cyrus will go to any lengths to protect Molly and is definitely not ready to share her with anyone, especially John. Before long, the two are locked in a battle of wits for the woman they both love–and it appears only one man can be left standing when it’s over.
“Here’s the weird thing we figured out recently,” explained Jay on the phone. “The relationship between Molly and Cyrus is subconsciously based on our relationship. Mark and I are are three years apart, but basically, we’re like twins.”
In other words, their relationship is VERY close, not unlike a single parent and his/her child.
“When we were in our 20s and dating,” adds Jay, “it was VERY hard for any girlfriend to break through and feel like she had any place. Every girlfriend seemed like half of the relationship we had with each other. So, we imagined what it would be like as a single mom.”
“Her life is tough. She has to keep things moving, stay positive, and hope for the best. When you’re a single mom, you’re momentum is such a big part of it.”
Wow, I love these guys already! So, have you seen Cyrus?
P.S. Between you and me, however, I’m not going to advocate the T-shirt that Fox is marketing for Cyrus for $24.95: “Seriously, Don’t F**k My Mom.”
Seriously, do you find that funny?… Or offensive?
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