Did You Hear About the Morgans?

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Director
Marc Lawrence
Runtime
1 h 43 min
Release Date
17 December 2009
Genres
Comedy
Overview
In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.
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Kyle Smith2
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  • Review: "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
    Hugh Grant is in top form as a wealthy Manhattan lawyer forced to move to a witness protection program in Wyoming with his estranged wife (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the new comedy, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” It balances its jokes deftly, having equal fun with country mouse and city mouse. My review is up. ]]>
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  • Feminist Detects Sexism
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    My learned colleague Sara Stewart has a post on what she calls the “‘Sex and the City 2’ Backlash Backlash.” Previous argument: Give this flick a break, there are no women’s pictures! (Except for, in the last six months, “It’s Complicated,” “Did You Hear About the Morgans,” “Valentine’s Day,” “The Back-Up Plan,” “Please Give,” “Mother and Child,” “Babies,” “Date Night,” “Dear John,” “Letters to Juliet,” “The Bounty Hunter,” “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too,” “Leap Year,” “Just Wright,” “The Killers,” “The Runaways,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”….but not, oddly, “From Paris with Love.”) Hell, even “Robin Hood” is a women’s picture, if by “women’s picture,” you mean “picture that shamelessly panders to female ticket buyers at the expense of any hint of sense.” Cate Blanchett with a mace knocking huge men off their horses? To put it in femalespeak: I. Don’t. Think. So. Current argument: Okay, so “Sex and the City 2” sucks. So do all the other movies out there! If I were a feminist, I think I’d keep my powder dry for a better movie. And maybe for one that was actually written and/or directed by a woman. Underrated film critic William of Ockham says, “If a movie sucks, and everyone says so, is that really so surprising?” I say, stick a fork in “Sex and the City 2,” mainly because I want to see a blog post entitled “Kyle Smith Advocates Impaling Strong, Independent Women.”]]>
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Crosswalk1
Cross Walk



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  • Witless Morgans Aren't Really Worth Hearing About
    Movies DVD Release Date:  March 16, 2010 Theatrical Release Date:  December 18, 2009Rating:  PG-13 (for some sexual references and momentary violence)Genre:  Romantic ComedyRun Time:  106 min.Director:  Marc LawrenceActors:  Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jesse Liebman, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly, Kevin Brown, Sam Elliot, Mary Steenburgen, Sharon Wilkins If you're looking for something light and funny to watch during the holidays, trust me, you don't want to hear about the Morgans.In yet another instance where a movie's trailer doesn't remotely match the tone of the actual film, (yes, the only funny bits were there, but the end product is far more dramatic in scope), Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a surprisingly flat rom-com that doesn't make the most of its quasi-appealing cast. In fact, it's so blah that it's hard to believe that writer/director Marc Lawrence, the guy responsible for far better Hugh Grant fare Two Weeks Notice and Music and Lyrics, not to mention Sandra Bullock's  Miss Congeniality,  actually came up with this. Truth be told, renting any of the aforementioned flicks would be far more fun than sitting through all 106 minutes of Did You Hear About the Morgans?The problem with the Morgans is that the story set-up is so unappealing from the get-go. In case you've ever wondered how crazy busy life in Manhattan can be, well, Lawrence goes to great lengths to show us (and it's never, ever funny, even if we know we're supposed to laugh). Not only is the married couple on the rocks, the Blackberry-toting Paul and Meryl Morgan (Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker) each have a cute, chatty personal assistant to help them through everything (including their frequent spats), but they barely have time to schedule a dinner (he's a lawyer, she's a high-profile real estate guru) to discuss their future. Surprisingly, a small window opens up, and Paul and Meryl make their best attempt at reconnecting over dinner. Turns out, Paul cheated on Meryl once during a recent business trip in L.A., and she won't forgive him despite his constant attempts (mostly with over-the-top gifts) to win her back. In the recent wake of "TigerGate," it normally wouldn't be particularly easy to give Paul any reprieve for his blatant indiscretion. However, since we don't know much about the couple pre-affair, (cue: character development) it's difficult to get overly invested in the will-this-marriage-be-saved situation. If anything, it's impossible to believe these two people would be married in the first place, and the chemistry (or lack thereof) between Grant and Parker does little to convince the audience otherwise.Per usual, Grant does his charming, bumbling British shtick with aplomb and has a great sarcastic barb for every situation. But given the decidedly one-note nature of his character, not to mention the shrill, unsympathetic workaholic they've made poor Meryl, it's no surprise that the happy ending (hardly a spoiler alert given the genre, right?) doesn't deliver. Even worse is the abundance of silly clichés associated with small-town living (I mean, c'mon, they've never been anywhere but the Big Apple?) once the Morgans relocate to small-town Wyoming. Forced to head west after witnessing a murder, Paul and Meryl are now in custody of federal witness protection and hating every minute of it. Watched over by a crusty old sheriff (Sam Elliot) and his Annie Oakley gun-toting wife (Mary Steenburgen), these city slickers can't imagine a life without e-mail, let alone takeout that's available 24 hours a day. But as you probably suspected, the lack of technology, not to mention no more long hours at the office, actually starts bringing them closer together. Yet while it's supposed to be all cute and swoon-worthy when Paul and Meryl start bonding again, anyone with half a brain, let alone a beating heart, realizes that it takes more than a few jogs together and a surprisingly fun day at the gun range to get over the sheer horror of not being able to trust your spouse, whether you love each other or not. And the way the script glosses over the real struggle here is not only not funny, it's downright embarrassing for everyone involved. CAUTIONS: Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking.Language/Profanity:  A few exclamations of God's name, plus one additional  profanity.Sex/Nudity:  Some non-explicit talk of infidelity and infertility. Violence:  Mostly bloodless in nature, there are a few mildly intense scenes with gunshots, a man with a knife in his back and a bullfight. A policeman is also shot in the chest, but he is wearing a bulletproof vest. Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.  googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website. 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PJ Media Staff1
PJ Media



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  • 10 Romantic Comedy Myths About Women
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    Lifestyle 10. We're so fiercely independent that the only thing we need to be happy... is a man. var dataLayer = window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; dataLayer.push({ 'videoName': 'Just Like Heaven (1/9) Movie CLIP - What's Happening to Me? (2005) HD', 'videoType': 'Curated' }); Post-second wave feminist romantic comedies rely on the Sheryl Sandberg boilerplate: upper-middle class, successful career woman with an impossibly huge apartment in big city stuffed with everything she could ever want. (See: Reese Witherspoon in Just Like Heaven.)  The genre gives the image one slight twist: our heroine is secretly one step away from cultivating her very own cat collection. (See: Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail.) True to Hollywood fashion, who better than the big, strong male superhero to fly in to save the day? class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/7/8/10-romantic-comedy-myths-about-women/ previous Page 1 of 10 next   ]]>
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