Sunday, March 21, 2010

Did You Hear About the Morgans? No? Don't worry, you're not missing much.

A formula movie can be a warm cozy place to spend a few hours when done right. Done wrong, you end up with a movie like "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" On paper a pairing between Hugh Grant (romantic comedy darling) and Sarah Jessica Parker (the very model of a plucky big city girl) sounds promising. They are Paul and Meryl Morgan a separated couple living the modern life on steroids - successful careers, uber busy schedules, constantly at their sides assistants and not very much happiness. Grant appears to be a bit chubbier and older than his usual on screen self. Probably a deliberate decision because he is groveling to get his wife back and the debonair charm he usually exudes would seem out of place. Parker plays it safe and basically comes across like a more jaded version of her Carrie Bradshaw character. In some lame plotting, they witness a murder and are ever so quickly ushered into protective custody. We get a out fish out of water comedy because the big city folks are sent to Wyoming.
Once in WY, we are treated to every applicable cliche you can imagine. Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen are endearing as a law enforcement couple tasked with protecting the Morgans, but the plot never rises above a series of awkward culture clashes. We have bears, horseback riding, Walmart like super stores, and an entire cast of creepy taxidermied animals.
Two sort of surreal the moments in the movie that were amusing: (1) Wilferd Brimley as the ultimate meat eating, smoking Democrate hating red state kind of guy. I was not even sure he was still alive. I had some type of impression that an animatronic stand in was doing the Liberty Medical commercials. (2) The red state rodeo crowd dancing to a country version of Queen's "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Would Freddie Mercury be spinning in his grave?


Once A Millionaire's Daughter.... said...

Thanks for saving me Netflix bucks on renting this turkey. You're right, when romantic comedy is done well, it's a dream come true for a girly-girl like me. Done wrong, it's worse than a horror film. This seems vapid, and, even worse, below Sarah Jessica Parker's talent. Why, Sarah, why???

Mocking Movies said...

Exactly....I expect better from Hugh Grant and the always fab SJP.

Nehha said...

Whatever it is but looking at this :o I want to watch this movie for I want to see what has exactly gone wrong :D see I watch movies that surprise me anyways!