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When a new film staring Hugh Grant comes out it seems that Jen is usually quite keen to see it, however as this film saw him cast opposite Sarah Jessica Parker it put her off a little. This in turn delayed my inevitable boredom of having to sit through another cliqued Hugh Grant romantic comedy where he plays yet another charming English character trying to win, or in this case win back, the heart of another of America's leading ladies. I knew however that my time would come and at the weekend it finally arrived and we sat down to watch Did You Hear About The Morgan's?
The story starts with Paul and Meryl Morgan having a few marital difficulties after Paul slept with someone else. Having been separated for 3 months he is trying to get her back onside, however after a rather tense dinner they witness a murder and are seen by the perpetrator. The FBI know who they are looking for and after an attempt on Meryl's life place the couple in the Witness protection plan, which sees the two Big City dwellers head to Ray in Wyoming. As they struggle to adapt to small town life they start to enjoy each others company again but without cable, mobiles and broadband can the pair survive till the killer has been caught?
Predictable & Cliqued
The film comes from writer and director Marc Lawerence whose previous work includes Music and Lyrics, which saw Hugh Grant falling for Drew Barrymore and Two Weeks Notice, which starred Sandra Bullock as the object of Grant's affections. So to say I was less than surprised by the plot, direction and even the camera work on show would perhaps seem a bit of a no brainer. It would appear that the cleverer aspects of Music and Lyrics have been forgotten and replaced by predictable cliques and obvious plot lines.
Had they bee incorporated in the right way the cliques could have worked as, lets be honest, that's what romantic Comedy is all about but the whole film felt too lazy. The outcome was too obvious, the twists in the plot were almost signposted and the feel of the director's use of the cameras and visual effects just felt a little too stale. The scene with the Grizzly Bear was perhaps the only funny part of the film and for a movie that claims to be a comedy that's not particularly helpful. The writing lacks any imagination or original concept and whilst that approach can still work I just felt it didn't here.
I've often found that bad movie can be saved by decent actors and I kind of had that hope here but it was soon apparent that even the actors weren't really trying. I've begun to feel with his more recent roles that Hugh Grant has stopped trying to play a character and instead just make each character like his real life persona. This makes for very hard watching when the script is this poor and with not even a small spark of chemistry between him and his leading lady his presence and performance just weren't up to standard.
I've always found Sarah Jessica Parker a little bit annoying, probably after seeing an episode of Sex In The City. As a result it has put me off her as an actress but it would be fair to say she's the only one to come out of this debacle with any positives and that's simply that she wasn't as annoying as usual. The casting on the whole is poor and like previous Hugh Grant films the English and American leads to attract the audiences from either side of the Atlantic is too obvious and its because of the attempts at commercial appeal that the casting doesn't work and that in turn makes a pretty poor film even worse.
Did You Hear About The Morgan's?
If the answer to the above question is no then you are pretty lucky. The more I think back on this movie the less I realised I enjoyed it. Perhaps the fact we had to watch it over two evenings tells you that it didn't have that ability to hold your attention. I found that at 103 minutes long it just didn't hold my interest enough and with a lack of comedy it just didn't work for me. On the other hand Jen quite enjoyed it, it had a romantic angle, even if that did feel flat and perhaps the phrase that will sum up my dislike and her enjoyment is this, it's just another Hugh Grant movie. If you like him, you'll probably like this, however if you can take him or leave him like me it's one to avoid.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Paula and Meryl Morgan are a separated couple, Paul is desperately trying to win back Meryl with gifts and phone calls but they are not working. Meryl is happy with her life and is very busy running her company but she does make time to have dinner with Paul so they can talk. Things don't go too bad at dinner but when they leave they decide to have a walk.
Things take a turn for the worse on the walk as they witness a murder and have to go into protective custody. They are both not happy about this as they are being sent to a temporary safe house together. They arrive in Wyoming and it is a massive culture shock for them both. Meryl is trying hard to be reasonable around Paul but it is not working out as she planned.
Can the killer be caught so Paul and Meryl can go back to their own lives, will they ever adjust to the country life and ultimately can they work their differences out and make their marriage work?
I was not overly bothered about watching this film and I certainly was not prepared to pay for the DVD but as it came onto the movie channels I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately the best bits of the film were all shown in the trailers for it and it was a typical Hugh Grant film with his playing the bumbling unlucky in love English man. The story could have been very good if a little more effort and thought would have gone into it but as it stands both me and hubby were able to work out the ending from after only watching for 20 minutes. I did think it was a good subject for a film and there was a lot of potential which was not realised and maybe this could have been achieved if we would have had a different set of lead actors.
Hugh Grant played the role of Paul and he was just the same usual guy he plays in all of his other films. There was nothing new to this role for him and he came across as very dull and boring. His accent was overly played and I have never heard an English man talk so prim and proper before, it really was overly done for my liking and stuck out like a sore thumb. There was no depth to him and he seemed very flat with his lines and the emotions he was trying to portray. I found there was a distinct lack of chemistry between him and on screen wife Meryl and they did constantly look very uneasy together. Meryl was played by Sarah Jessica Parker and she was just as bad. She was flat with all of her lines and she never seemed to give them any emotion or feeling when delivering them. She did have a very strange appearance at time (hubby said she looked like a horse!) and she just came across as very self absorbed and only thought and cared about herself.
Fortunately we did have two very good actors in the film and they were the Sheriff and the Deputy. They were husband and wife, Clay and Emma. They were played by Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen. The pair bought some much needed light relief to the film and were for me the best of the whole cast. They managed to bring some normality and humour and seemed at ease and very natural on screen together.
The start of the film is shot in New York and we got a few good skyline shots of the city, they were enjoyable to watch but for me the best shots came from Wyoming, we got to see a lot of the countryside and I loved how different it was to the big city. The small town came across in an enjoyable and friendly way and I did actually comment on the fact that I too would love to live somewhere like that were technology is not the centre of everything. The sets were all good and so to were the few effects which we had.
The film does have a few funny moments in and the one memorable one is when Hugh Grant comes across the bear, this did have me giggling slightly but the main humour came from Emma and Clay with their daftness and inability to understand how Paul and Meryl were thinking and the way they found it hard to adjust to the new lifestyle. The funniest parts of the film are definitely all shown in the trailers. The soundtrack was nothing special and despite one or two tracks I am not able to remember much about it at all. The tracks I remember were quite old ones and they did fit into the story very well.
I am only reviewing the film so there are no DVD extras to speak about. The DVD can be bought for around the £7 price at the moment which I feel is still slightly too high as this is just an average film. I certainly would not recommend paying to watch this.
I can really only give this film 3 stars, I really wanted it to be good and show Hugh Grant in a different role but t failed to do so. The story was good and we did have two very good roles but overall it was slightly dull with two very weak lead actors. I would recommended renting or waiting for this to come onto your TV before deciding to watch, this is certainly not worth parting with any money for.
Did you hear about the morgans is another mass produced rom com featuring Hugh Grant and a noteable female lead, this time Sarah Jessica Parker. Unlike most romcoms the couple are already married and seperated and it probably would have been a better film had they stayed that way. Upon witnessing a murder the unhappy couple are sent off under witness protection to a small cowboyish town with a small population. The film is stolen by the wonderful performances put in by Mary Steenburgen and Sam Elliot as the couple that take in Grant and Parker and also a wonderful scene with the towns doctor, who obviously deals with more children than adults. Obvious hilarity ensues but it never quite seems to hit the mark and the gags physical and emotional never seem funny enough and we have seen it all before. Grant is his usual bumbling self and Parker could be straight from sex and the city meaning there is little stretch in their usual skills.
The ending is obvious and rom com afficianado's will see littlethey havent before here.
Obvious, unfunny and badly acted this is a film to leave in the wilderness.
"Did You Hear About The Morgans?" is a romantic comedy with a difference. It follows two very successful New Yorkers, who are going through a tough time in their marriage. The film starts with the husband (played by Hugh Grant) trying to persuade the wife (Sarah Jessica Parker) to take him back.
From merely trying to repair their damaged marriage, the two of them are jointly flung into the middle of witnessing a murder, and so have no choice but to go into witness protection (together) somewhere in the backwoods of Wyoming.
Here, (put up by the local Sheriff and his wife), they try to adjust to small town life, while at the same time working through the problems that drove them apart (namely infidelity).
Some mildly comical sequences follow, including a bear encounter, and the expected cross-cultural exchanges between big city dwellers and country folk.
They grow to love the place, and, predictably - each other again.
While not the most laugh out loud film i've seen in recent times (and a bit dry in places, to boot), it does have the unexpected effect of leaving you feeling quite satisfied.
It flows slowly, and much of the humour is quite understated, but for me this added to the subtle charm.
It's hardly going to be remembered as one of Hugh Grant or Sarah Jessica Parkers classics, but for me that is a good thing.
The regular kind of romantic comedies that one would expect to see such actors in, are (in my opinion) cheesy and annoying. This has slightly more depth - is a bit more slowly thought out, and while not overwhelmingly memorable - it is unlikely you'll feel that it was a waste of time.
The performances are quite good, and despite not being a movie i'd ever consider buying on DVD (especially Blu-ray), it is nonetheless a decent yarn.
FILM ONLY REVIEW!
I honestly dont know why I bothered watching this film because everyone warned me that it wasnt very good and I dont think I read a good review on it before I watched it. But I guess I like to make up my opinion on things and my opinion on this film is that it was awful and thats such a shame because I really wanted to like it. Luckily enough I watched this when I borrowed the DVD from a friend so I didnt waste any money on buying it myself - thats the only upside I can think of to be totally honest.
The storyline is basically this: Meryl & Paul Morgan both have great careers, houses and from the outside they look as if they are perfect people expect they are separated because Paul has been unfaithful. However they decide to have a night out to clear the air when they witness a murder and are forced to go into witness protection together when they become the targets of a hit man.
That is as much as I can say about the storyline really without ruining any of the few funny moments in the film but I did say the story was basic didnt I?
Now even though the story was so basic I think I could have even done a better job of making it more interesting and thats saying something. I felt that the film was badly predictable and anyone thats watches this will be able to guess whats coming next and what happens in the end and any interest I had at the beginning at the film started to disappear after about 15 minutes and in my opinion you interest should be starting to peak at about that point when the story is just taking off.
This is not a rom-com that will leave you in stiches nor one that will leave you saying Awwww! because Im a sucker for these types of films and I was just bored all the way through apart from one scene when I did let out a little chuckle but apart from that nothing. I was really disappointed because Ive watched Hugh Grant in other rom-coms like Love Actually and I absolutely love those films so why it was bad I just cant decide - maybe it was just lacking.
As for the two main "stars" I honestly dont know what to say and that really is a shame because the main reason I watched this film was for the two main characters. Im a massive fan of SJP and Hugh Grant makes me laugh my head of in other films but in this one they didnt work. Hugh Grant plays the same character he plays in every other film in this one but he obviously knows what he is good at and sticks with it but in this film the bumbling englishman routine felt a little bit grating and I found myself getting quite annoyed. Again Sarah-Jessica Parker often plays the same character and I loved that character in Sex & the City but again it just didnt fit with this film and I felt like there was 0% chemistry and I just couldnt believe that they were "husband and wife".
Im not going to recommend this and Im only going to give the film 1 star (not because I have to!!) but because I like the two actors but that is the only decent thing. The story is poor, the acting is poor and the whole film is predictable. Its a shame because in theory this could have been a fabulous film in reality though it wasnt. I dont recommend you watch this, unless you want something to help you sleep.
Paul Morgan - Hugh Grant
Meryl Morgan - Sarah Jessica Parker
Vincent - Michael Kelly
Clay Wheeler - Sam Elliott
Emma Wheeler - Mary Steenburgen
Adam Feller - Jesse Liebman
Jackie Drake - Elisabeth Moss
Running time: 103 mins
Certificate rating: PG
Director: Marc Lawrence
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Did You Hear about the Morgan's
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan seem to have it all, except for a good marriage. In the beginning of the movie their marriage seems to be floundering and Mr. Morgan has moved into a hotel. He cheated and is very regretful, but Mrs. Morgan doesn't really want to hear it and wants to get a divorce. She relents and agrees to go for dinner with him at a restaurant to talk some things through and afterwards they go for a walk when suddenly Mrs. Morgan sees a person she knows standing on a balcony looking like he is about to jump. She screams at him but then the man drops dead on the street with a knife in his back. Mrs. Morgan starts to screams hysterically but then Mr. Morgan puts his hands over her mouth because the murderer walks out on the balcony too. They run behind a car and think they are safe, but then the car drives off and the murderer see's them. He tries to shoot them, but they get away. Shortly after the police arrive and the two are head witnesses in the murder case. The police think the couple is not really in any great danger, but they forget that the couple is well known and that same day the murderer tries to kill Mrs. Morgan at her house. The police then decide to put them in the witness protection program and both are forced to live together on an unknown location. Will they be safe and can they manage to live together?
The main characters are Mr. and Mrs. Morgan and they are being played by Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. Hugh Grant who are known for previous movies like Notting Hill and she's of course famous for Sex and the City. He is more known for his romantic and clumsy characters, but here he's more the foolish husband who cheated. He still got that charm and you would even forgive him for the cheating, but I do get it where Mrs. Morgan is coming from. Mrs. Morgan is being played by Sarah Jessica Parker, who's a successful business woman in New York and doesn't really want to leave the city. She clearly loves her husband and doesn't really seem to want to lose him. Both are good actors and i think Sarah Jessica Parker did a better job than Hugh Grant, just because she felt more believable and Hugh Grant seemed to just phone in his performance. It's like he doesn't even understand the humour himself so most of the times he just seems uncomfortable. Sarah Jessica Parker is of course no Julia Robert and the character she plays is a lot tougher, so maybe that has something to do with it.
This movie is a romantic comedy and unfortunately it was a complete failure as the comedy fails on every level. Even the funny trailer bit with the bear is actually less funny in the movie itself. The jokes are unoriginal and you can see them coming from miles away. In the beginning of the movie it has to appear that both are so busy that there assistants will have to make the appointment for them, but again it doesn't come across as funny, but just weird. I really love both actors but the movie was just a complete waste of my time and you would be better going and watching Notting Hill again rather than this movie.
Running time: 103 minutes
Category: romantic comedy
Director: Marc Lawrence
Country: United States
Hugh Grant as Paul Morgan
Sarah Jessica Parker as Meryl Morgan
Natalia Klimas as Monique Rabelais
Vincenzo Amato as Girard Rabelais
Jesse Liebman as Adam Feller
Meryl and Paul Morgan are high flying business leaders in Manhattan - their professional lives couldn't be going any better; but their relationship is stuck in a rut. Paul's infidelity has led them down the route of divorce and, no matter how hard he tries, Paul cannot get his wife to forgive him. On a last ditch attempt to salvage their relationship Meryl and Paul go for a meal, but whilst walking back home they witness the murder of one of Meryl's clients. Unfortunately, the assassin sees the couple looking on and so they are forced into witness protection for their safety. They are sent to the deep country-side until the threat goes away. But can the Morgans live with each other? Can they survive the assassin? Will they be able to assimilate to the country after their life in New York?
Did You Hear About The Morgans? is one of those films that came along with little anticipation, zero fanfare and complete derision from critics when it was ushered into theatres (but in all honesty I can't think of a romantic comedy in the last ten years which hasn't been ripped apart by the scribes). But, as a sucker for anything that will end happily and an unwavering supporter of anything that can be described as 'predictable', I pretty much leapt at the chance to see it when a group of friends decided to take an inproptu trip to the cinema to spend some time with Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant. And it's true; the film is the cinematic definition of middle of the road, you'll recognise the twists, you'll know the ending and you'll pretty much be able to spout out the dialogue in conjunction with the actors. It's not particularly funny, nor particularly romantic, and neither cast nor crew try to do nothing that is exciting or innovative. However, that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a certain dog-eared charm; it's moving in it's own little way, it's well paced, has character's which are more rounded than the genre demands and builds to a conclusion which is all the more poignant because of it's predictability. It's hard to imagine anyone boarding Did You Hear About The Morgans? without knowing the destination, but that doesn't mean that there isn't fun to be had on the journey.
Did You Hear About The Morgans? is more about the parts than the whole; inside the obvious structure there are genuine sweet little moments; at one point the Morgans, life long citizens of New York where pollution and lights make the night sky starless, see the stars for the first time and it is a genuinely affecting piece of cinema. It hints at what the film could have been, a moving and funny portrayal of a relationship on the edge of destruction, rather than what it actually is. And in this aspect the film manages to find some kind of interesting centre; when the script looks in on itself and genuinely examines the trust issues that emerge after an infidelity it teeters on the side of engaging and simulating. By crafting two adult, intelligent and baggage laden central characters Marc Lawrence (standing in here as both writer and director) gives himself scope to write a romance with sophistication and gravity; there are many moments where Meryl and Paul seem like realistic and heart-broken people. These are character's that the audience should be able to rally behind; we should be rooting for their reconciliation because we should have an investment in their attempts to rebuild the bond that they once had. We should want them to stitch a new life together. When a writer gives their character's a happy ending the audience needs to feel that they deserve it, that they have learnt something from their experiences and have come out of them as better people; but here we get the obligatory conclusion simply for the sake of convention. It just feels false, Meryl and Paul are the same people at the end of the movie that they were at the beginning. Instead of effective, thought-out drama we get some (ridiculously unhelpful and routine) home-spun wisdom from the locals and bam, all is okay in the world. Again, the script throws up the interesting question of spousal expectations; how much should we expect from our partners? Does diminishing our expectations diminish our disappointment in them or does it just lead to a strange form of settling? These issues come and go and offer very little in the way of food for thought for the audience.
But Lawrence misses the point, he doesn't understand that comedy and pathos can exist side by side; he just doesn't give us anything to hold onto. The comedy (if the poor slapstick and word play on offer here can be called that) is at complete odds with the dramatic core of the piece. The film shifts erratically from comedic set piece to comedic set piece and relies far too heavily on 'hilarious' stereotypes which make the character's feel hollow, not interesting. If he juxtaposed the northern urbanites with the southern country folk in order to reveal something about them then it may have worked; if he did it to show that religious/political differences can bond people in discussion rather than block them from interacting then it would have been a worthwhile exercise. Sadly, the new yorkers come off as shrill, cold statues and the Wyoming residents dumb, deluded bible belters. That isn't to say that some of it isn't funny, in a very broad, very unoriginal sense. Meryl's astounded reaction to a set of sweaters that costs just ten dollars is beyond is pretty charming/amusing and the attempts by the Morgans to assimilate to the outback are funny in a been-there-done-that kind of way. The actors carry the comedic beats fairly well, but they aren't given a huge amount to work with and the slapstick that they are forced to act-out is tedious to the nth degree. But for every bit of shtick which raises a chuckle there is a lame joke about a bear, or about republican politics or about the hilarity of putting deer heads on the wall.
Sarah Jessica Parker once again plays on her sophisticated but naive New Yorker persona, but she really does have a winning presence about her; she manages to play neurotic without being off-putting and has a spark for drama. At one point she is forced to explain why she can't forgive Paul and she explains that every time she looks at him she can't help but feel 'so dissapointed' and it is genuinely sad - her pain sits on the surface and she does a great job of giving Meryl some kind of human core. She's saddled with a pretty irritating character but Parker is engaging and appealing, smart but entertaining. She seems to exude an intelligence which is rare for anyone taking part in the romantic comedy genre and tries to dig some humour out of her interactions with Grant. She seems to have an innate likability which makes her appeal to the female at large and she usually does a pretty okay job at gathering chemistry with her co-stars. However, Parker and Grant have little to know chemistry; they seem to deeply dislike each other, which is fine for the first half of the film but when things turn a little more saccharine it damages the film. Grant plays his typical self here (the same self that he played under the direction of Lawrence in Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice) and is perfectly competent as the bumbling english-man who just can help offer up romantic gestures. This is one of his well interesting performances, he does, at times, seem completely bored of the whole exercises and he delivers the scripts 'jokes' with an uncharacteristic lack of comic timing. But he hits the notes that he needs to hit and does an okay job of being a romantic co-star.
Overall, Did You Hear About The Morgans? isn't really worth recommending; it offers nothing more than some slightly charming sequences and even those come few and far between. It is made very nicely with typical-but-polished aesthetics, good camera work and stunning locations and there are some good performances to root out. But really, it isn't much worth the hassle.
Did you hear about the Morgans was written and directed by Marc Lawrence and was released in the UK in January 2010.
** Genre **
Comedy, Drama, Romance.
** Plot **
Meryl and Paul Morgan have been separated since Pauls infidelity, however Paul invites his wife for dinner. He walks her to her next appointment when the couple witness a murder. Until the suspect is caught Meryl and Paul need to join the witness protection. They are told that they will be staying somewhere together until the police can find them separate accommodation, a statement Meryl is uncomfortable with as she hates her husband. Will they be found? Will they kill each other before the criminal gets to them?
** Cast/Characters **
Sarah Jessica Parker plays Meryl Morgan.
Hugh Grant plays Paul Morgan.
Mary Steenburgen plays Emma
Sam Elliot plays Clay
Elizabeth Moss plays Meryl's assistant Jackie
Jesse Liebman plays Paul's assistant Adam
Michael Kelly plays criminal Vincent
For a full list of cast you can view them at www.imdb.com.
** My opinion **
I was slightly hung over when I watched this film, I didn't think it was that bad, in fact I thought it was quite good, my partner didn't agree with me though, he thought it was boring.
I guess it did start off a little bit slow and overall I did feel that it was lacking something but I still enjoyed watching it. I think the film was easy going, there wasn't much thinking involve, but I found it quite relaxing.
Im not a huge Hugh Grant fan but I have to admit he was tolerable in this film and he and Sarah Jessica Parker worked well together and the idea of them being a couple at war is believable.
I think the film had a few humorous moments which were enjoyable to watch, the humour came mostly from the couple arguing etc, everything they said was realistic as if they were having a real argument.
I don't think the film is aimed primarily at women as it has a few masculine moments I think it's a nice film to watch with your partner when your just chilling out.
This film has had quite a few bad reviews some have even said they walked out of the cinema as they found it too cringe worthy and boring... I wouldn't go quite that far.
If you really enjoy a complicated, humorous, romantic film then I would say that you may be disappointed with this film, however if your just looking for something which is easy to watch then it definitely has enough to keep you entertained.
I cant honestly say I would watch it again, although I'm glad I can say I have seen it.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant play a separated couple, Paul and Meryl Morgan, living busy lives in Manhattan. After walking to a client's apartment, the couple witness a murder taking place and inform the police. Under police guard them go home( to separate apartments of course). The killer see's a picture of Meryl Morgan on a shop window and comes to her apartment dressed as a police officer.
After the killer shoots the police officer guarding the apartment, Meryl escapes out the balcony. After the killer leaves, the police come in, along with Paul. The police tell them that the man is a professional killer and until he is caught they have no choice, but to go into hiding. The Witness Relocation Program takes them to Wyoming. Pretending to be related to Clay and Emma (Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen). P
aul and Meryl are not the first couple that Clay and Emma have taken into their home for protection. For Paul and Meryl, they have to learn a completely different way of living, if they want to fit in, in their new home.
After watching the trailer of this movie I couldn't wait and to see it. And as soon as did, I regretted it. Sitting munching on my popcorn, I found the movie to start very slowly and took a while to get into the plot. I can honestly say that it won't be a film that I will not watch again. I think the plot of this movie was really great, but I wasn't convinced by Grant and Parker's performances. I usually comedy, drama and fish out of water films, but I found myself disappointed with Did you hear about the Morgans.
Successful couple Meryl Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Paul Michael Morgan (Hugh Grant) are New York socialites who have recently broken up. This was down to Paul's infidelity and Meryl pushing him into having kids. One night the couple go out for dinner and witness a gangland murder. Unfortunately the couple's life is about to come crashing down around them as they are put into the witness protection programme and shipped off to a small town in Wyoming. Parker and Grant must start acting like a married couple to convince the locals, but will it bring them closer together - what do you think?
Did You Hear About the Morgans isn't the sort of film I would go out of my way to see, but its a very rare thing for my girlfriend and I to watch a film together, so we sat down last night to watch this. It seemed up her street - but also had Hugh Grant in it who I find quite funny.
Grant was amusing making no effort to change his accent in the slightest - but then thats Hugh Grant. He is always going to play the upper class British twit and here he plays up to that 'fish out of water' routine very well. Here he has to shoot guns and combat bears and do all the things he's not used to - and it's quite amusing without being 'belly-laughs'.
Sarah Jessica Parker was less likeable, again playing exactly the same character as she always does (an upper class New York socialite - mmmm where has she done that before?). Her interaction and love for Hugh Grant was less than believable and her attempts at comedy were pretty poor and certainly rushed.
There were some funny moments in the film, but I'm at pains to tell you now what they were. Would I recommend this film? I suppose so - it wasn't really bad and it would suffice any date night movie. It just wasn't a great film, but certainly raised a few smiles from me.
Did you hear about the Morgans?
Director ... Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics, Two weeks notice and Miss Congeniality 1 & 2)
Starring ...Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker
Why is it that every film I have seen starring Hugh Grant seems him playing some sort of lurve magnet? not only that but a high flying successful character? Has he ever played the bad man or the down and out struggling sort? if so let me know ... Anyway on to this film,
Hugh Grant plays Paul Morgan a Lurveeee magnet , that for some reason can not keep his bits in his pants, Paul is currently separated from his wife Meryl Morgan played by sex in the city's Sarah Jessica Parker, for cheating on her, no surprise there as i said he always seems to play a hunk. Paul is in the grips of trying to persuade Meryl he has changed and wants to win her back.
Both Paul and Meryl are top people in their work placements , Paul being a top lawyer and Meryl a top Estate agent whom live for their work and can rarely seem to fit each other in so you can sympathise with Paul for cheating , what is a man to do when his wife is never around, but then again it was the same for her with him not being around but she still managed to keep her knickers
One particular evening they manage to get together to basically go over their Divorce, something Paul is not keen to do he wants Meryl back he claims to be the man she needs and is willing to do everything , however Meryl has heard it all before and insists that the divorce goes ahead, and storms off , Paul follows her ,where in a alley they witness a murder.
The police comes and inform them that it was a mob hit man and that Paul and Meryl were to be state witnesses and placed under witness protection , the police then insist that they move to Wyoming to ensure their safety, This means upping and leaving their lives behind ,,, But worse of all leaving together and being relocated together in the same place.
Moving to Wyoming is a culture shock for them both they not only have to learn a different way of life but they have to act as a doting married couple , something Meryl finds hard though Paul is not about to look a gift horse in the mouth he take it in his stride and thinks it is a way to win her back.
The film is funny and has some good twists and turns though I cant help think the role of Paul would of been better suited to someone like Adam Sandler or Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant for me seemed a bigger idiot than the one he was trying to play, where as Sarah Jessica Parker was fantastic, you could relate to her in this role after seeing her in sex and the city, I did like the film and did laugh in the odd place but I do not think it was a good as they had portrayed.
All the real funny bits for me had been shown in the trailers I had seen so there really was not much to laugh at in the film, I do find it annoying when they show all the best bits in a film in the trailers but can understand why they do it as they want the film to be a hit, But it is rather misleading to the audience.
Although the film was fun it is one i regret paying to go and see , this is the sort of film i would advise anyone to wait till it comes on to normal TV, it certainly is not one i would rush out and buy, which is a shame really as the majority of the other films directed by Marc Lawrence I own on DVD this however is one i shall be leaving on the shelf and keeping the money in my pocket.
But for those that are not wanting to wait till it appears on Tv and are really wanting to watch it, either beg someone to buy it for you as a present or you can purchase it from Amazon on Blu-ray for £17.99 or on regular DVD for £12.99.
I was looking forward to watching this movie primarily because of Hugh Grant. The actor in the past has churned out many endearing characters and played refreshingly light humorous roles like in Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice. The pairing of him with Sarah Jessica Parker struck me as awkward and unsuitable. However looking forward to a light entertaining evening I went ahead and bought it on DVD. Big mistake.
My evening dragged out. The movie was endless. The plot was very loosely structured and almost falling apart. It was unconvincing and downright unbelievable. The story revolves around a career centered couple whose marriage is falling apart. They witness a murder and are forced to go into hiding under the Witness Protection Program and spend the rest of the movie in the middle of nowhere. The humor was terrible and too reliant on slapstick comedy which neither of the leads were able to deliver. The characters were both wishy washy and insubstantial with little chemistry. The acting was very disappointing too. All in all, one of the worst movies I've seen in 2010, a complete train wreck with little entertainment value.
This is a film only review, so does not include information about Blu-ray.
Lawyer Paul (Hugh Grant) and real estate agent Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) are a highly successful New York couple on the verge of divorce after Paul's one night stand with another woman. Paul is trying his best to get a reconciliation, but Meryl isn't in a very forgiving mood. She reluctantly agrees to dinner one night to talk things over and as they walk through the city afterwards, they witness a hitman commit a murder.
Paul and Meryl's lives are now at risk, as in her high-profile job as successful real estate agent her poster is everywhere and it's not hard for the murderer to track her down. The couple are whisked away to Ray, Wyoming on the witness protection program, and placed with Sherriff Clay Wheeler (Sam Elliott) and his wife Emma (Mary Steenburgen). It's a huge culture shock for Paul and Meryl who immediately begin to miss the hustle and bustle of the big city. Reluctantly they find they are thrown together and have to start facing up to their relationship problems. Meanwhile in New York, the hitman Vincent (Michael Kelly) is doing his best to track them down and its only a matter of time before he finds out where they are.
In a lot of ways this is like The Proposal, where a city couple are thrown together out in the sticks and begin to realize their true feelings for each other. There's also a somewhat nutty character who keeps popping up like the character Ramone in the Proposal who has a variety of jobs in the town. In this one it's Nurse Kelly (Kim Shaw), who has also has a variety of jobs and an offbeat sense of humour. She's a bizarre character who doesn't really add anything much to the film, but just seems contrived to create humorous situations - not very successfully.
However, what makes The Proposal more enjoyable is the main characters were played by Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, who are both much easier on the eye than Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant. They also had a more interesting chemistry. It's really hard to be convinced that Parker and Grant had any kind of relationship going on at all - even a warring one. There just seemed to be very little actual emotion between them.
Parker portrays the role of city high-flyer okay, but when it comes to the relationship scenes she's just plain boring. It's really Hugh Grant that puts the humour into the film, with a series of well-delivered pithy one liners. He's quite funny as the slightly wimpish Englishman totally out of his depth amongst the gun-toting country folk, just about what you'd expect from Grant really. When faced with a big greasy country breakfast put before him by Emma, who asks him if he needs anything else, he replies "just an angiogram."
Mary Steenburgen I have no complaints about as she usually throws herself into whatever strange or bizarre character she plays. Here she is the deceptively feminine looking Emma, the Sherriff's wife, with a love of guns and cows, and a talent for chopping logs. Sam Elliott is also good as the genial, aging Sherriff, and barely has to act really, he just slips so easily into this kind of role. There's a lovely warm chemistry between them, and I suspect they enjoyed acting together, exchanging knowing glances as they try to cope with the inept Morgans. They don't have very big roles though, so I'm afraid they're not enough to save this film from being totally dire.
I'd had some doubts about going to see this as I'm not really that keen on Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, but I'd read a press review that said it was slightly better than you might expect, so with nothing else I was interested in I decided to give it a go (there's nothing to lose with my magic Cineworld card!) There were one or two quips that made me laugh, but most of it is just downright silly, especially one highly improbable scene at a rodeo that really didn't fit in with the fairly gentle humour of the rest of the film. The ending is fairly predictable, which is about what you'd expect with a light hearted film like this. One slightly redeeming feature is an entertaining country music soundtrack, and a good performance from a young singer at a barn dance who has a surprisingly strong voice for her age.
It's easy viewing and, if you like films such as The Proposal, it might be worth renting for a night in, but it's nothing great.
Director: Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality)
Running Time: 103 minutes
note: also appears on my film review website, TheFilmBlogger.com
Did You Hear About the Morgans is not a good film. It isn't an offensively bad one either, though, and falls into that rare category of just not being very funny without being aggressively terrible. It is a film mired in inertia, and in many ways it would be more admirable as an abject failure having just tried to push the boat out, but instead, this by-the-book treatment ensures that a talented cast is wasted on routine, fish-out-of-water material.
The film revolves around an estranged husband and wife - lawyer Paul Morgan (Hugh Grant) and estate agent Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) - who have been through a rough patch after Paul cheated on Meryl while claiming to be away on "business". However, when they go out for a friendly dinner, they witness a murder, and are rushed into the witness relocation programme, being forced to live together temporarily while their separate housing is arranged. They wind up being relocated to a small hick town in Wyoming, where they are looked after by U.S. Marshall Clay Wheeler (Sam Elliot), and his wife Emma (Mary Steenburgen), while the assassin comes looking for them.
Whether you'll be able to stand this film or just wind up bored by it truly depends on how much stock you put in Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker; Grant plays the usual bumbling Brit he has perfected over the years, and Parker basically retreads her Sex in the City role, but their personalities mesh well, even if the script is laboured and rudimentary. More discerning viewers might also appreciate the fun turns by Elliot and Steenburgen as the upstanding couple who get by on simple pleasures rather than mobile phones, high-speed Internet and lavish paycheques.
The problem lies inherently in the film's PG-style treatment; there was great potential here for an edgy, almost Coen-esque neo-noir that would have reinvigorated two actors who are fresh out of new tricks, but indeed, it is a film entirely lacking in edge or bite. For a film revolving around a murder, it is curiously toothless: even as assassin Vincent (Michael Kelly) blasts away the security detail assigned to Meryl's apartment, the film is so slight and mild that it managed to, indeed, escape with a PG-rating. A more violent and profane film that juxtaposed the ferocious absurdity of the situation with Grant's typically retiring demeanour would have worked comic wonders, but alas, director Marc Lawrence sticks rigidly to formula, and the film suffers for it.
The fish-out-of-water concept is broad enough that it can invite innovation, but sadly there is none here; the film hearkens back to 2008's New in Town, revelling in the same goofy attempts at humour (while admittedly being a bit more charming), depicting the differences between urban and rural settlements, but failing to do so in a way bearing any originality. Had the film been cast differently, I imagine it would not be so tolerable; the crux of withstanding it comes from the cast, who do fairly well with difficult (in that it isn't very good) material.
There isn't a surprising bone in the film's body, and from minute one, it's painfully clear where things are going. This isn't so bad as long as the journey there is worth admission, but this is difficult to argue, because the film's set-pieces - chiefly when the twosome climb inside a bull costume to evade their assailant - are at their best mildly amusing and at their worst (as above) quite embarrassing.
Morgans ends on a sweet note that feels more genuine than I expected, but through and through this is a tepid middle-of-the-road film that wastes a chance to be different with a dispiritingly innocuous family-friendly treatment. The occasionally hearty one-liner and the supporting performances do prevent it from being a total calamity, but it's difficult to recommend this one.
I wanted to go to the cinema a few days after new year, and there was quite a few things that me and my friend wanted to see. We were originally going to see Sherlock Holmes but then decided on this instead, a decision which I'm not entirely sure was a good one as I still want to see Sherlock Holmes!
The plot is quite good, and not one of those ones thats done over again but there is a recurring theme in a lot of films of the fish out of water thing, although its fishes out of water in this case! Paul and Meryl Morgan are a recently separated couple who live and breathe New York city, they have a dinner to discuss the divorce proceedings and the evening doesn't go quite as planned. One the way back to their apartments they witness a murder and the murderer starts following them, they realise that they are not safe in the city anymore so the police put them in the witness protection programme. Out in the tiny Ray, Wyoming the couple find it hard to adjust to country life, but in the end learn to love it and each other with the help of the Wheelers who are looking after them...
The two leads are played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant, both people whose films that I love, especially notting hill and sex and the city but I've never seen them in a film together before. Their performances were both good, but together they didn't seem like they had that much chemistry, good choices for the roles but would have been better if someone else had been picked for the other role. They were backed up well by the Wheelers though who were played by Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen, they were the picture of a realistic couple who've gone through life together but still are in love.
I did enjoy the film as I like chick flicks but I'm not really sure if it would have been better than Sherlock Holmes, and it was really quite predictable but then again so are most chick flicks, it didn't drag too much but don't think I'll be getting the DVD!