Watching a movie and constantly checking how much longer until it’s over is never a good sign that the film is a winner. Boring and contrived doesn’t even begin to describe what this movie felt like.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? is about Meryl and Paul (Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant), a married couple who are separated after Paul’s infidelity. Paul is determined to win Meryl back and while out for dinner they witness the murder of one of Meryl’s real estate clients. The murderer recognizes Meryl and sets out to find and kill her so she can’t identify him to the police.
It only takes one day for him to find where Meryl lives, so the police decide it would be best to put the couple in the witness protection program…in Wyoming. They then are sent to stay with Clay and Ellen Wheeler (Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen) until the killer is caught. During their short time in the middle of nowhere, the Morgan’s are forced to deal with their marital issues and decide whether they have a future together.
This movie was dreadfully boring. I felt the beat was just off throughout this film. Parker and Grant, fan favorites, were so wrong as a couple and it was painfully obvious. They both have great comedic timing, but this movie did not showcase any of that. Grant’s humor, especially, was not suited for “Morgans.” As I watched him in this film, I couldn’t remember why he was charming in so many of his other film roles (i.e. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill).
Many reviews claimed that the chemistry between Parker and Grant just wasn’t there, but I never imagined that statement could be so accurate. It’s not just that they didn’t have chemistry, they didn’t have anything together. I felt like they were two separate actors, reading lines from two separate locations and they were put together in post production. That was how little I felt between these two.
Elliot stood out for me, he is so enjoyable to watch onscreen. His look in this movie had me imagining him as the star of a coffee commercial or something similar. His look is just so unique. I found the supporting cast to be more interesting than the two leads. Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jesse Liebman, who play the assistants to Parker and Grant’s characters, were more comic relief in this film than anyone. They were extremely charming and I wished there were more of them throughout the movie.
The ending scenes of this film were awful. The penultimate scene was so contrived and I was at the point where I couldn’t even believe the words that were coming out of their mouths. I felt they were simply reading lines given to them, the feeling behind them was absent.
This is a film that I think everyone should skip. Parker and Grant are capable of so much more than what they were given. When a joke about Sarah Palin and guns is one of the funnier moments in your movie, you should probably just pass and move on to another role.