Did You Hear About the Morgans
Some people just don’t blend in, no matter how big the hat.

Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/2009
Director: Marc Lawrence
Cast: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly, Wilford Brimley

Hoping to corner the market on romantic comedies amidst all the serious Oscar contenders this Christmas, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” was written and directed by Marc Lawrence, whose better known comedic works include both “Miss Congeniality” movies, the “Out-of-Towners” and 31 episodes of “Family Ties”.

The film’s plot centers around the recently separated Morgans, who after witnessing a murder are forced into the witness protection program. The comedy is supposed to ensue from all the hijinks that come from transplanting two native New Yorkers to rural Wyoming. Unfortunately, this is where the movie falls horribly flat.

First, there was no chemistry between Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant. Each has a high powered career and an assistant, but they are polar opposites and I just couldn’t accept that these two would have ever gotten married. Now, I could have easily explained this away as a casting error, but they did an awesome job in casting Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen as the married Wyoming deputies.

Next, the pace of the film was far too slow for my taste and the dialogue was tired and boring. Truthfully, if I had not been reviewing this film and desperately clinging to the hope that it would get better, I probably would have left early. On the other hand, if I had left, I would have missed the slightly better than expected ending. Needless to say this wouldn’t have been an earth-shattering loss, but it would have meant that I missed the small glimmer of hope this film had to offer.

Unfortunately, the movie lacked any sense of point, the script was just okay and the acting was mediocre to average. Although there were some funny scenes, it never grabbed the audience’s attention for long. The two assistants were funny and amusing, but not center stage very much, and as previously mentioned, the chemistry between the Morgans was flimsy at best. If the script and acting are the foundations of a movie, this one would be condemned. “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” is easy to miss and hard to recommend, earning a 1 out of 5.