John (John C. Reilly) meets his dream woman Molly (Marisa Tomei), but she has a clingy 21 year old son still living with her : Cyrus (Jonah Hill). His relationship with his mother is unusally close and slightly unhealthy. Cyrus initially appears amicable and welcoming towards John, but this is in fact just the start of his plan to turn his mother against her new boyfriend.
The best thing about this movie is that it’s unexpected and subtle. The worst thing is the same two points. The subtlety is a cover for the fact that there isn’t much going on – the film is really not that dramatic. Cyrus is a major obstacle for John sure but never in the scary, slightly frightening way the name and set-up of the film seem to imply he will be. Just not that much really happens, that’s the unexpected part. It is a comedy drama but it’s not laugh-out-loud funny. ‘Wittily observed’ is probably the best way of describing it.
It’s well produced, has good performances and is the sort of film that critics would like just because it’s understated and goes against convention but that’s not enough to make a decent film 4/10