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Did You Hear About the Morgans?

A 2009 romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Zippo Chemistry and Bad Timing

  • Mar 23, 2010
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Director Marc Lawrence's 2009 comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" features the usually sleekly coiffed and fashionably glamored Sarah Jessica Parker as an older and slightly more pinched Carrie Bradshaw of "Sex and the City" fame and her estranged husband, an unfaithful Mr. Big character played by the one time charming Hugh Grant in a vapid cliched romp absolutely devoid of chemistry and badly timed jokes.

In an attempt to discuss their failed marriage, the Morgans sit down to dinner and unfortunately witness a murder which puts their lives in jeopardy. Pathetically played police officers insist on sending the sad couple to the Big Sky of Wyoming to the welcoming arms of Mr. and Mrs. NRA---the ever hunky Sam Elliot and the winsome Mary Steenburgen (the only two members of the cast that can do anything right with a script that has little redeeming value)where Parker does her best to bemoan her New Yorklessness and Grant perpetually winces at her incessant and expected badgering regarding his infidelity.

UGH! Of course, the villain figures out where they are thanks to the couple's mutually neurotic assistants and the small town residents rally to protect the Morgans aka the Fosters who they have come to regard as native sons in just one short week.

Intended as a charming entertainment along the lines of Two Weeks Notice (Keepcase) and Music and Lyrics [Blu-ray], two other Lawrence directed romantic comedies starring and attempting to capitalize on Hugh Grant's boyish charm, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" fails miserably on many levels. Parker and Grant have absolutely no chemistry; Grant's pained expressions get old fast as does Lawrence's attempt to work Parker's reputation as New York City's finest fashionista with a know-all iPhone toting zeal for her all-consuming career as real estate mogul with the mostess. If I see her sporting another expensive cowboy hat a la the 80s, I think I will scream . . . no maybe just yawn.

Its not that the jokes aren't funny--given a better delivery they could have had the audience chortling enthusiastically as this pair from the urban jungle ineptly lands in a place where street smarts do not matter. What worked for Grant in the ever popular Notting Hill [HD DVD] and the equally feel good About a Boy dies miserably on the vine here. An older Grant needs more sophisticated material where his witty repartee coincides with his more advanced years. Parker, on the other hand, needs to continue to play Carrie Bradshaw in ad nauseum revivals of Sex and the City: The Movie (Widescreen Edition) installments or completely shelve this persona once and for all and try something else. Its not that she isn't good in romantic comedy--think Failure to Launch [Blu-ray]--its just that she pairs as well with Grant as a merlot does with a salmon entree.

Bottom line? Marc Lawrence's romantic comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" tries to be a scintillating spectacular of cutesy jokes delivered by Hugh Grant and deflected by the object of his affections, New York's poster gal, Sarah Jessica Parker. Without the buoyancy of chemistry between the two leads, the only thing this flick has going for itself is rustic couple Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen whose down-to-earth cowboy stability and laid back sense of fun keeps this review from being a one star un-wonder. Not recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
"reneofc"

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review by . December 12, 2010
some spoilers)      I really wish that I had not heard about the morgans. The creators of this film tried to take the fish-out-of-water concept which has been done tons of times to varying degrees of success, and just made it suck. There may have been one or two incidences where I may have giggled, but most of the jokes just flatlined. There was also little to no chemistry between Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, and just blatant southern stereotypes in place of characters.   …
review by . August 25, 2010
Been there, seen that
When New Yorkers Meryl and Paul Morgan see a murder, they're whisked away to rural Wyoming in the witness protection program. The problem is...besides hating country life, they're on the verge of divorce.      The plot for this comedy was so predictable, I could picture the check list: Squabbling couple, murder, witness protection, rustic hide-out with good folks who become close friends, all leading to a happy ending. It was so corny it was almost insulting. Jessica …
review by . March 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I'm sure there are some who, for whatever reasons, will connect with this film and love it. More will be moderately amused, perhaps a bit nonplussed, and then promptly forget almost everything about this unmemorable flick. While I can't quite understand the first reaction, and while I can sympathize with the second since it's probably not worth it to get worked up about a movie, in what follows I only want to speak for my own experience, and why I found this film not only bad but obnoxiously so, …
Quick Tip by . September 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Strong performances by Elliot, Steenburgen, and Grant. Parker does put in a good effort. However, the movie does not quite work as the characters are written very 2 dimensionally. No amount of effort from this fine cast can save this movie. Even Grant's charm does not make up for the many short comings of this film. Some of the best parts are when the assistants of Parker's character act like Keystone cops trying to run her office without her there.
review by . February 24, 2010
This film is a solid two-star, middle-of-the-road film. Adequately entertaining, charming and amusing in some spots and predictable and annoying in others.       I viewed it with four twenty-something girls. They all liked it better than I did and thought it was funny and sweet and all thought that the negative reviews were overdone.       The negative reviews I've heard were mostly about the lack of spark between the Morgans, Paul and Meryl. I thought Grant …
review by . February 24, 2010
This film is a solid three-star, middle-of-the-road film. Adequately entertaining, charming and amusing in some spots and predictable and annoying in others.    I viewed it with four twenty-something girls. They all liked it better than I did and thought it was funny and sweet and all thought that the negative reviews were overdone.    The negative reviews I've heard were mostly about the lack of spark between the Morgans, Paul and Meryl. I thought Grant (Paul) …
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Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a 2009 comedy film written and directed by Marc Lawrence, and starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. The film was released in North America on December 18, 2009 by Columbia Pictures. The film is rated PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence by the MPAA.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? follows a highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant), whose almost-perfect lives have only one notable failure – their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience: they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely in the Rockies ... unless, in their new BlackBerry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion.

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Director: Marc Lawrence
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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