August 16, 2012 5 Comments

Despite dislike of the stars, the promotion for this leading up to its eventual theater release did look too funny to ignore, so I didn’t.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) Film Review

The Morgans are a perfect powerhouse couple. Or they are before a three-month separation. Both successful New Yorkers, Paul (Hugh Grant) is still madly in love with his wife, making him most anxious to resolve their differences, and at all costs avoid divorce. Currently he showers his wife in gifts (his latest being couples counseling), knowing the fault of her disillusionment is his. Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) isn’t so gullible. A real-estate agent who owns her own company, Paul’s brand of apology overwhelms her. Only, as they walk together down a street, they witness his murder! This puts them as the star FBI witnesses following the killers escape. Turns out, this is a mob hit, and the following morning, there’s an attempt on Meryl’s life, which prompts the authorities to place them in protective custody, in Wyoming.  

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‘DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?’ (2009). A couple is unexpectedly relocated after witnessing a murder! Text © Rissi JC

Mixing a little bit of every genre with a whole lot of humor, this is actually a lot better than it leads its audience to assume. But somehow the story just “works” without being terribly repetitious. That’s not to say there isn’t still the standard share of sappy moments, the better points just act as a “cover” for most of them. It isn’t so much the characters that make this entertaining (in fact, they can be annoying) but the screenplay, which most the time is actually witty. All without going into a complete wash of cheekiness that makes us exclaim “yeah, saw that one coming!” The one thing we may tire of is Paul’s incoherent jokes.

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‘DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?’ (2009). A couple is unexpectedly relocated after witnessing a murder! Text © Rissi JC

Since seeing him in Sense & Sensibility (read: terrible Edward!), Grant isn’t my favorite actor. He’s so often type cast as the bumbling “hero” or “idiot” who never expresses thoughts (of character) well. This role is really no different, except he has the girl already, but unfortunately it’s not enough. Despite my griping, neither he nor Parker “ruin” this. Both manage to pull off likable characters. Even still, the supporting characters are more fun, only they have such limited screen time; it’s all about these two working on trust issues. Sam Elliot and Mary Steenbburgen are fabulous as the sheriff/deputy team that protects them. Likewise, minor plot lines involving the love-hate relationship between two assistants and the Wyoming locals provided some “cute” structure for the movie.

Did You Hear About the Morgans

During my rental period, I actually did watch this twice and the second time through to lesser laughter. Perhaps, it’s that the jokes aren’t as “funny” in the short turnaround, but whatever the case, this is just plain fun. The music is catchy, and the desolate scenery is a nice contrast to the busyness of the city, plus the ending is so sweet you cannot help smile. (Depending on your political leanings, there is a dig at a high-profile figure that might be annoying.)

What this lacks in profundity it makes up for in a lack of content and is yet another reason this is more likable. Overlooking its flat ending (the rodeo sequence), Did you Hear about the Morgans? is altogether quite fun. There’s lots of sweet romance moments and ultimately, a good message of forgiveness.

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You can find Did You Hear About the Morgans? digitally on Amazon Video

CONTENT: Paul cheats on Meryl during a business trip because he’s “confused.” There’s a handful of misusing God’s name [“oh my god!”] and a use or two of sh*t, along with some British profanity; they use “screw you.” It’s suggested a couple had trouble getting pregnant [a brief, but “comical” conversation revolves around some of the things they tried to help the infertility]. There is some comedic violence with guns, and a man falls from a balcony with a knife in his back. ‘Morgans’ is PG13.

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  • Charity August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I thought this was a cute movie. My parents and I roared with laughter when she said, "Surely there must be democrats here!" and the guy in the diner said, "14 of them! AND WE KNOW WHERE THEY LIVE!" =D

  • Ella August 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I thought this movie was hilarious–and the line Charity just put down is definitely one of the best parts in the film =)

    Living out West and having been to Wyoming, the parts where Meryl and Paul enter Ray (or lack thereof) totally crack me up =P

  • Rissi August 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Charity – as did I! The only thing holding me back from liking it as an A+ is SJP and Grant. My feelings for both of them are "so-so."

    My mother laughed SO hard when we were watching this one. It IS entertaining and that line… yep, it's GOOD. :-)

    Ella – it is fabulous! Best of all… it's clean! Love that. (That line is spot-on great.)

    I've been to SD and Nebraska but never Wyoming. I don't know that I could take living out in such a barren land – and I LIKE being in the country! :-)

  • Valerie August 19, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    I really enjoyed this one back when I originally saw it, but it's been quite a while. I remember it being QUITE humorous though, especially since I live in the mid-west.

    Anyway, I watched it with my "Clearplay" DVD player, which edits out some of the objectionable stuff… but I'm surprised to hear that it probably didn't edit out near as much as it has to on most movies.

  • Rissi August 19, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Me, too, Valerie. I really enjoyed this film – it is one of those movies that just makes you laugh-out-loud and not cringe every two seconds. That is rare.

    No, this isn't a script that "needs" editing in that it is rampant with content, but it's never bad to clean a story up with ClearPlay. It allows for the good to come through all the more.

    So glad you enjoyed it! :-)

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