Hollywood clichés and formulas is what “Did you hear about the Morgans?”
is all about. Even though critics have slammed this film, I was actually
quite apprehensive about this comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and
Hugh Grant as a separated married couple in witness protection.
pretty much already know how the film is about to play out and even
though critics have been wrong before, at times, it was like watching
grass grow. The highlight of the movie was Sarah Jessica Parker who did
perform quite strongly in this film, only to be let down by her co-star
Grant who plays his stereotypical English character that we’ve all seen
The story begins with Paul (Grant) attempting to reconcile their
marriage with Meryl Morgan (Parker) and when they both witness a murder,
they are rushed into the witness protection scheme. The pair are moved
to a secluded country town in Wyoming where they are under the
protection of the local sheriff (Sam Elliot) and his wife (Mary
Steenburgen). To make matters worse, Elliot, although charming plays a
stock standard Sheriff that only adds to the stereotypical nature of the
film which are country bumpkins are an uncivilised folk but if you spend enough time
with them, they’re actually decent people.
Grant’s character also uses the setting of the country bumpkins for his
sometimes witty one-liners but no matter how hard the actors try, it
seems like oil and water… nothing really jells together. There is even a
subplot between the Morgan’s assistants, played by Elisabeth Moss and
Jesse Liebman who have a forced and uneasy relationship thrust upon them
as they attempt to hold together the businesses of Paul and Meryl.
However, there are some funny scenes in the movie but
majority, it runs at low gear from the very first
moments of this film. Another problem is that you already know where the
movie is headed, where the characters are going and how it will end.
It's a shame because Parker tries!
In terms of video quality, everything is what you would expect from a
Sony release with sharp images, vibrant colours and deep levels of
black. The audio compliments the movie nicely but once again, it’s a
shame about the main flick. Add in a few special features for
those who want to get into the headspace of the creators and it neatly
rounds out this presentation on DVD.
I was expecting quite a bit more when I watched Did you hear about the Morgans? and it seems like the original movie critics got it right this
time. The star of the movie is Sarah Jessica Parker who is a treat to
watch, it’s just a shame about the script and perhaps if there was
another leading man, the movie may have gone in another direction.
Definitely a rental!
A Bear of a Scene
Commentary with Director Marc Lawrence and Stars Hugh Grant & Sarah
Location, Location, Location!
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