Cyrus (2010 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
  • Jay Duplass
  • Mark Duplass
Produced byMichael Costigan
CinematographyJas Shelton
Edited byJay Deuby
Music byMichael Andrews
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23) (Sundance)
  • June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountriesUnited States
United Kingdom[1]
Budget$7 million[2][3]
Box office$10,062,896[3]

Cyrus is a 2010 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Its story follows John, a recent divorcée who meets and instantly falls for a woman named Molly. The two start a relationship but John soon comes to find out that Molly's overprotective son, Cyrus, does not want to share his mother with anyone else. It stars John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener.

The film was produced by Michael Costigan. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2010 and was released on June 18, 2010.[4][5] It grossed $181,716 during its opening weekend and $9.9 million worldwide, against a budget of $7 million.[6]


Jamie (Catherine Keener) informs her ex-husband John (John C. Reilly) that she is getting married. Even though they have been apart for seven years, the news devastates John, who was already depressed. At a party the next night, John gets more and more drunk until he ends up urinating in the bushes, where Molly (Marisa Tomei) strikes up a conversation. Molly goes back to John's house but leaves during the night, after they have had sex. Molly returns for dinner the next night, and again leaves after they have had sex. John follows her to her house and falls asleep in his car. The next morning, he approaches the house and meets Molly's 21-year-old son Cyrus (Jonah Hill). Cyrus invites John inside and makes friendly conversation with him. Molly is startled to see John in her house when she returns, but the trio have dinner together. John is unnerved by the unnatural intimacy between Molly and Cyrus.

The next morning, John cannot find his shoes, which he had left in the living room. Through the day, he gets increasingly disturbed by their disappearance and starts to worry that Cyrus is messing with him. He ropes Jamie into meeting Molly and Cyrus, in order to appraise his paranoia. Jamie finds Cyrus sweet, if a little overly intimate with his mother. Relieved, John returns for another night at Molly's home. As they begin to have sex for the first time in her house, Cyrus screams in his room, and Molly runs to comfort him. She does not return to John, who goes out looking for her in the middle of the night. He encounters Cyrus holding a large kitchen knife, allegedly making a snack. Cyrus says he had a night terror, and that Molly has gone to sleep. He then advises John to back off on the relationship because he is scaring off Molly. John leaves a note for her and goes home. In the morning, Cyrus sits Molly down and tells her that John had confessed to him that she was coming on too strong. When she presses Cyrus for details, he explodes in a tantrum and storms off, checking through the window to make sure that she is upset. When Cyrus finally comes home, he explains that he has rented a room and will be moving out. After a few happy days alone together, John decides to move in with Molly.

One night, as they begin to have sex, Cyrus surprises them and says that he has had another panic attack and wants to return home. John confronts Cyrus privately, and Cyrus admits that he has been deliberately sabotaging their relationship. He moves back home, and John remains wary of him. The night before Jamie's wedding, he warns Cyrus not to cause trouble. At the wedding, however, Cyrus is hurt when he sees how the event stirs romantic feelings between John and his mother. Drunk, he confronts John in the bathroom and attacks him, yelling that John will not take his mother away from him. As John defends himself, they spill out of the bathroom, into open view. Cyrus makes it look like John attacked him. John advises Molly to open her eyes, and storms off, furious.

Later, Molly believes John's explanation, but John will not continue the relationship, convinced that Cyrus will sabotage it and that he will end up alone in a few years. He moves into a cheap apartment. Molly confronts Cyrus about his behavior, and describes how unhealthy their intimacy has become. In the following days, Molly is depressed due to John's absence and how the relationship ended. Cyrus, realizing how much John meant to Molly, reconsiders his position and visits John, begging him to come back. John refuses to come back and yells at him about his behavior. John opens his door to see Cyrus crying, and they reconcile. John takes Cyrus home and decides to continue his relationship with Molly.



The film has received generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 80% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 157 reviews, with an average score of 7.00/10. The website's critical consensus is: "While it may strike some viewers as slight, Cyrus is a successful hybrid of mainstream production values and the mumblecore ideals of directors Jay and Mark Duplass.”[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

Critics reacting negatively include Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, who criticized the Duplass brothers for displaying an "almost aggressive lack of ambition",[9] and Damien Magee of 702 ABC Sydney, who identified Cyrus as "the sort of film that many people, including a number of well-respected critics, have started to confuse with good cinema" going on to call it "a checklist of indie-chic clichés", and concluding with the suggestion "If you're really stuck for something to see, stick this on the maybe pile, otherwise marked Juno."[10]


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  2. ^ "Cyrus". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Cyrus (2010) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Archived from the original on 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  4. ^ Renner, Brian D. "Movies Released June 18, 2010". Movie Insider. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  5. ^ "Movie review: 'Cyrus'". Los Angeles Times. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  6. ^ "Cyrus". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  7. ^ "Cyrus (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Cyrus Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 20 June 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  9. ^ Dargis, Manohla (18 June 2010). "Mommy Dearest, You're Mine Forever". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Cyrus at the SFF". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 2010-06-15. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2011-01-16.

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