Movie Review: Did You Hear About The Morgans?

Movie Review: Did You Hear About The Morgans?

Did You Hear About The Morgans?

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PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence.
Running Time: 1 hour 43 minutes

A bickering New York couple on the verge of divorce attempt to salvage their marriage after witnessing a murder and being relocated to Wyoming under the Witness Protection Plan.

Meryl and Paul Morgan have all the money a couple could want. It’s love they’re running short of. If that’s not enough, upon witnessing a contract killing and being targeted by the triggerman, they find themselves at the mercy of the feds who send them packing for an extended stay in the Rockies.

Could a peaceful life away from the Big Apple be just the thing to bring Meryl and Paul back together?

Marriage Counseling – Shotgun Style

In the midst of trying to work out some marital issues, Meryl and Paul Morgan, played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant, suddenly find themselves in the small town of Ray, Wyoming as the Fosters! With the hustle and bustle of New York City nothing more than a distant memory – What will they do? Their hosts, Clay and Emma Wheeler, played by Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen, are the Wyoming Marshals assigned to hide them out, and keep them safe. Suddenly cut off from what they’ve believed was civilization, the silence is deafening and the bickering couple soon discover themselves talking with one another again.

The cast in this flick is fantastic!

The combination of those involved in Did You Hear About The Morgans? is outstanding. Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, and the somewhat bit-part with Wilford Brimley, have a wonderful on-screen chemistry. The laid-back-country-bump-kin style of Elliott makes him the perfect choice for a Marshal living in Wyoming. He’s just a great cowboy! Then when you toss in the high-strung acting style of both Parker and Grant, Elliott, along with Steenburgen, become the perfect foil for one another.

However, that being said, the overall feel of Did You Hear About The Morgans? comes off rather flat. While there are some laugh moments throughout the movie, many of those moments are the same ones you probably laughed at in the trailers for the movie. As for the production, Did You Hear About Morgans? was written by and directed by Marc Lawrence who also brought us Miss Congeniality and Music and Lyrics. I believe this is the reason for the flat feel of the movie. If anything, Did You Hear About The Morgans? feels more like a cookie-cutter script in the same line and genre as the previous Lawrence movies.

Somewhat Disappointing

We went into the screening for Did You Hear About The Morgans? with high expectations. The trailers made the movie look hilarious. The cast is stellar and therefore we thought it would be a “hit-out-of-the-park” blockbuster movie. But, when we walked out of the theater we were somewhat disappointed. The movie is not a total washout, but that’s partially a result of the cast. It’s not even a totally bad script, there’s just something missing when it comes to zip on the screen.

To quote Sandra as we left the theater – “Did You Hear About The Morgans? is a movie meant only for entertainment. There are no huge agendas presented. Nor are there any major issues to be dealt with, except for the importance of keeping the lines of communication open in our relationships.”

If you’re looking for a movie with some laughs, and if you like those involved in this flick, you will enjoy the movie. It’s not a big blockbuster, but it is a decent way to spend a couple hours.

As for the rating. For a PG-13 movie, we are saying Did You Hear About The Morgans? is family-friendly. There’s nothing truly shocking in this movie that puts it out of reach for the teen crowd. When it comes to our 3.5 Lloyd rating, that’s Sandra. I wanted to give it just 3 Lloyds. But, we kept the lines of communication open, and she won out with 3.5 Lloyds. (grin)

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.