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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly, Wilford Brimley
Director: Marc Lawrence
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010




- Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
- Commentary with director Marc Lawrence and stars Hugh Grant & Sarah Jessica Parker
- Cowboys and Cosmopolitans: The Stars of Did You Hear About The Morgans
- Park Avenue Meets The Prairie: The Fashions of Did You Hear About The Morgans
- Location, Location, Location!
- A Bear of a Scene
- International Special
- Trailers


Languages: English/Portuguese/
Subtitles: English/Thai/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




Hugh Grant and Sara Jessica Parker star in this delightful comedy about finding love in the most unexpected places. Two successful New Yorkers, Paul (Grant) and Meryl (Parker), are at their wits' end with repairing their strained marriage. But when they become the only witnesses to a brutal murder, the police hide them away in Wyoming - together. Now these die-hard city dwellers will have to survive the weather, bears, fresh air, and forced time with one another if they want to make it out alive.


Hugh Grant – British actor. Disheveled Hair. Puppy Eyes. Best known as the leading man in number of rom-coms such as Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary and countless more.

Sarah Jessica Parker – American actress. Dated the late John Kennedy Jr and Robert Downey Jr but married to fellow actor Matthew Broderick. Immortalised as sex-columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO series "Sex and the City".

Marc Lawrence – American Writer and Director. Best known as the writer for Miss Congeniality and director of Forces of Nature and Two Weeks Notice. Has worked thrice with Hugh Grant including Did You Hear About The Morgans?

These three personnel might be the core reason why everyone ignored the Morgans when it was released theatrically and getting panned by critics alike doesn’t help in pushing some tickets sales as well.

Grant and Parker play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a pair of highly successful couple on the verge of divorce after Paul had an extramarital affair during one of his business trip. The unhappy couple happened to witness a murder which involves some wanted arms dealer and they are reluctantly forced to relocate by the police under the witness protection program to a secluded place, Ray, Wyoming. And without further prompting by this humble reviewer, I guess more than half the population of Singapore would have guessed the ending.

The script by Marc Lawrence is strictly a paint-by-numbers, predictable affair. It seems that Mr Lawrence has pretty much run out of original rom-com ideas to entertain the audience consider his last effort with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, "Music & Lyrics" was insanely charming. In "Morgans", it is just a simple fish-out-of-story involving a pair of troubled couple trying to work out their marriage.

The jokes got a bit lame when the city dwellers found themselves under the supervision of Clay and Emma Wheeler (Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen), the local marshal and his wife who are assigned to put up federal witnesses. Log-chopping, horse riding, guns shooting, cows milking and being terrified by a bear (the bear moment is good though and it’s not done in CG as shown in the extra feature), antics which you might have seen a million times in many other movies.

To make matters worse, the pairing of Grant and Parker fails to dazzle as an onscreen couple. The man is from London and the woman from America (sorry can’t help for the cheapshot) and there’s zilch chemistry which are convincing to the audience that they are once a happily married couple. In fact, Grant seems far more comfortable with Rene Zellweger and Julia Roberts. Ironically, it’s Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen that steals the show even with their minimal dialog and interaction that makes them a plausible country couple whom never leave the rustic Wyoming.

The movie itself does contains a few spontaneous moments but not substantial enough to salvage the whole movie. Lawrence should have just let go more of the cliché moments and not turning into another cookie-cutter production that works better as a straight to video release.


Deleted Scenes and Outtakes –
There are 2 deleted scenes and 6 minutes of outtakes if you love to watch the actors fumbling over their lines.

Commentary with director Marc Lawrence and stars Hugh Grant & Sarah Jessica Parker – It’s rare to hear a director sitting down with his stars for a commentary track nowadays. But here they are, the three main culprits contributing a mediocre discussion track about the insights of making the movie.

Cowboys and Cosmopolitans: The Stars of Did You Hear About The Morgans – A self-congratulatory feature that has the main cast members patting on each other’s shoulders.

Park Avenue Meets The Prairie: The Fashions of Did You Hear About The Morgans – A 5 minutes segment that focus on the costumes design

Location, Location, Location! – This is one of the longest featurette for the extras. Running at 18 minutes, it focused on the difficulties of filming in New York and New Mexico which served as a substitution for Wyoming.

A Bear of a Scene – And you thought the bear was CG. This interesting segment shows you how Hugh Grant manages to survive acting alongside a real bear.

International Special – Another making-of special that lasts 13 minutes but pathetically most of the material here are covered previously.

A number of trailers from Sony including Julie & Julia, The Ugly Truth and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs round off the extra features.

AUDIO/VISUAL:The New York settings and the vast landscape that follows offer a generally good video transfer. A close-up shot of bacon and eggs akes you craving for the real thing. The Dolby Digital 5.1 offers a pitch-perfect listening experience. With the exception of ambience sound effects such as traffic and music, the soundtrack has little to get excited about owning to the nature of the movie.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 20 April 2010


. Did You Hear About The Morgans? (Movie Review)

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