Single Mom Seeking: When I heard that two brothers had made "Cyrus" -- a movie about a dating single mom -- I said, "Excuse me?"
Why in the world would Jay and Mark Duplass -- a screenwriting/production 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 the Duplass brothers 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!)
Here's the gist of the film: Still single seven years after the breakup of his marriage, John (John C. Reilly) has 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 fiance, 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 men are locked in a battle of wits for the woman they both love -- and it appears that only one will be left standing when it's over.
During a telephone press conference, I got the chance to ask the Duplass brothers what had motivated them to make this film.
"Here's the weird thing we figured out recently," says Jay. "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, the siblings' relationship is VERY close -- not unlike that of 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," Mark says. "She has to keep things moving, stay positive and hope for the best. When you're a single mom, your momentum is such a big part of it."
Wow, I love these guys! So: Have you seen "Cyrus"?