Did You Hear About The Morgans?

In New York City, Paul and Meryl Morgan (Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker), an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program. Sheriff Clay Wheeler (Sam Elliott) and his wife Emma (Mary Steenburgen), are charged with protecting them in a rural, alien location the Morgans, who are dealing with relationship issues, are used to. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics).

Matt
Rating: 4 out of 10

This movie sets up nicely. The Morgans are a couple on the outs — the husband cheated, the wife is bitter and unhappy. They struggled to have children, grew apart, and had real issues that people could relate to. There were funny scenes and likable characters, particularly Steenburgen (who still looks as beautiful as ever) and Elliot.

But as the story unfolds, these two big-city dwellers simply look more foolish and lost in rural America than could possibly be. And while there are real dramatic moments where the characters seem real, they are forced into moronic scenes where they realize their love by rescuing each other at a rodeo while dressed in a 2-person bull costume.

Romantic comedies are very hit and miss. They have to have a sweet side, but need an edge to make them fresh, like “Knocked Up,” which succeeded on numerous levels. This film had some of that, and some funny moments, but became very dopey in a hurry.

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7 responses to “Did You Hear About The Morgans?

  1. Great review and great website! Keep on loving movies and sharing your ideas. Thanks!

    What are you looking forwward to next?

    • I’m really looking forward to “Inception,” the latest from Christopher Nolan, who directed the latest Batman films. Oddly enough, I’m also looking forward to “Predators,” which is a new imagining of the series with a nice cast.

      Thanks for reading and for your comments.

      Matt

  2. I had high expectations for “Morgans”, mainly because it was filmed in my home state of New Mexico. Sadly, you are right. This film should remain unseen. And unheard…

  3. awesome review 😀 better than mine!! 😛 XD

    J*A*K*E

  4. Pretty cool blog you have there, hahas Nice(: thanks for the comment on my blog be sure to stop by anytime, I will as well (:

  5. Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant have to be about as mismatched as SJP and Matthew McConaughey were in “Failure to Launch” (talk about an apt movie title!). As an actress she has limited range and shouldn’t try to do cutesy rom-coms. They just don’t work for her.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more. Well said. “Failure to Launch” was just plain putrid. Even worse than this, I think.

      Thanks for commenting. We’ll add you to our blog roll.

      Best,
      Matt

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