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|Did You Hear About the Morgans |
Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant
Director: Marc Lawrence
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 03/16/2010 Run time: 103 minutes Rating: Pg13
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Hugh Grant Needs Better Scripts & Better Leading Lady
carol irvin | United States | 03/08/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sarah Parker's acting efforts always leave me underwhelmed. So I can't say she disappointed me in this film. I thought she was so-so which is what I always think about her acting. Hugh Grant, however, is a horse of a different color. He is a tremendous comic actor with exquisite timing. When he's got a good script and a good leading lady, he is unbeatable. His ABOUT A BOY is just one example of his performing at the top of his game. Nick Hornby was the writer on ABOUT A BOY though and he is first rate. The screenwriter of this film is no Nick Hornby. The premise is about a Manhatttan couple forced to hide out in the remote West in the witness protection program. They are married but separated yet it is quite obvious they will be getting back together. That's the whole movie. I can't say don't watch it because Grant is funny. He does the most with what he's got. The rest of the movie though is (thankfully) completely forgettable."
UNREALISTIC PLOT, FAR FETCHED, BUT FUNNY
Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 03/21/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Watch purely for entertainment--it's well worth a rental,& perhaps purchase. For Sara Jessica Parker & Hugh Grant fans, it's right up your alley. It's funny, even though the situation they find themselves in is a bit off-the-wall. The Wyoming setting is great and used well in applying situations for the couple to re-find themselves. Yes, it's a romance/comedy with a very nice romance HALF that those types of movie lovers will find worthy of 5-stars. The comedy is great also, including even some of the outtakes, and special features, including a bear episode with Hugh Grant getting as close as it takes. By the way, SUBTITLES ARE AVAILABLE.
It's not going to become a "classic" or talked about in years to come, or produce a great number of movie spin-offs. However, after you see the outcome, such a delightful finish, you will perhaps wish for a sequel of say, 15 years later, and see how the relationships are going, and a reunion back with Sheriff Clay Wheeler (Sam Elliott)of Ray, Wyoming, and his packin' wife, Emma (Mary Steenburgen). I really loved that pair and their part in the witness-protection-home-away-from-home. Even some western horsin' around for the horse loving viewers.
It's rated PG--meaning Pretty Good entertainment for the family. Not much violence, no blood, no heavy sex, although the stars are considered sexy, and all the other things that most movie makers seem to think necessary to make a film entertaining. This is one to just give you a fun evening in front of the telly with a home-spun bowl of popcorn and perhaps with luck, beside a significant other. Bottom line-----buy it, rent it, borrow it, whatever works, just don't overlook it. IT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT."
An unfunny fish out of water romantic comedy
Geoffrey Johnson | Lake Villa, IL United States | 04/18/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The cover says "the perfect date movie!" How is this the perfect date movie? Its about a married couple having issues, because the man (Hugh Grant) cheated on the woman (Sarah Jessica Parker). They're seperated, getting a divorce, then when he appears to talk with her, they end up witnessing the murder of SJP's client.
Then they get stuck in witness protection together. Which is what Hugh wants, and of course SJP wants to get as far away from him as possible. He does what he can to get her back, and I'm sure you can guess how it comes out.
In witness protection, the movie becomes a fish out of water movie, as an Englishman and an upscale New Yorker are stuck in the country town of Ray, Wyoming with a sheriff and his wife the deputy. SJP as a New Yorker out of her element, was very unfunny and it should be so easy for her.
Another big problem with the movie is after seeing movie trailers for it, I felt like I had seen it before. My friends said the same thing. The movie is also REALLY slow. Every good laugh was shown on the commercials, and its a long way between laughs.
Avoid this movie and see Music & Lyrics with Hugh and Drew Barrymore. Actually Drew Barrymore would have made a much funnier New Yorker in the country. Bad acting on SJP's part."
Average comedy that could have easily been better
Bill Garrison | Oklahoma City, OK USA | 03/29/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Romantic comedy veterans Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker star in DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS. Hugh and Sarah Paul and Meryl Morgan, a married but separated couple that witness a murder one night while out to dinner. The killer sees them at the scene, and after an attempt on Meryl's life, they enter the witness protection program until the killer is caught. They are given time to pack one bag and then whisked off to Ray, Wyoming, where they will be under the watchful eye of US Marshall Clay Wheeler and his wife (Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen.
The movie is cute in parts, like the fish out of water story with the city couple in the cowboy, gun-toting, rodeo loving horse town of Ray. Grant and Parker are fine with the material given them, but the biggest problem of the movie is that Paul and Meryl don't dislike each other. The previews make it seem like they are separated because they can't stand each other. But in reality, they still love each other, but the trust and love of their marriage had been damaged by infidelity. So, the conflict between the couple isn't there. They don't drive each other crazy. Instead, one is sad and one is constantly begging for forgiveness.
I've always loved Hugh Grant in romantic comedies, but he's getting a little too old for them, especially if he continues to star in poorly written movies like this one."