The world of infotainment has changed dramatically in the 23 years since Broadcast News, but you wouldn’t guess that from watching Morning Glory, which trots out most of that film’s key elements with no apparent recognition of how dated they now seem. Rachel McAdams does fine, sprightly work in the Holly Hunter role, that of a lovably harried workaholic who’s just taken over as executive producer of the lowest-rated morning show on television. Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, as the show’s battling co-anchors, represent substance and fluff, respectively.
Ford gets off a few memorably dyspeptic lines (courtesy of The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna), but the movie does so much hand-wringing about lowered standards that you keep wondering how these folks living back in 1987 have Blackberries and iPhones. That the movie itself settles for affable fluff rather than cutting satire doesn’t help much.