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Did You Hear About the Morgans?

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence
Profanity:Brief strong language
Nudity/Sex:References to adultery, non-explicit sexual situation
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking
Violence/Scariness:Characters are on the run from a hitman, guns, character stabbed
Diversity Issues:Cultural diversity is a theme of the movie but all characters are stereotypes
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 16, 2010

I have seldom seen the stars of a movie look as thoroughly uncomfortable as Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant in this drearily low-concept would-be comedy, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Parker plays Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan real estate broker so high-powered she is featured on the cover of New York Magazine, who has recently left her husband, Paul (Grant) because he cheated on her. Paul, a high-powered lawyer, has been trying to win her back with gifts and entreaties, but she is resisting.

And then they end up stuck together, unplugged from all of their various electronic devices and their supremely efficient assistants (wasting the talented Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men”), and about as far away from Manhattan as you can get. They are sent to the small town of Ray, Wyoming by law enforcement authorities after they witness a murder to protect them from being the professional killer’s next victims. And so we’re in the land of city slickers vs the hicks as a form of extreme marital therapy. It’s all sit-, no com.

The jokes were old when “Green Acres” was new. New Yorkers can’t sleep out west because there are no sirens and car horns and they can’t breathe because the air is too clean! Isn’t it cute that people play bingo and shoot guns! (“Oh, my God, it’s Sarah Palin!” Meryl says when she sees Mary Steenburgen as a rifle-toting U.S. Marshall.) One lame stereotype after another (Meryl learns to shoot a gun and milk a cow! Paul squirts his own eyes with bear repellent! Hicks are all Republican and carnivores! Let’s bring everyone together for a dance and a rodeo!) only underscores how self-absorbed, annoying, and entirely unattractive the characters are and how much contempt the film has for its audience. Our primary motivation for wanting them to stay together is that it’s the best way to punish them for creating this awful film. Let them torture each other the way they tortured us.



  • Trai

    Nell, just so you know, you posted the Young Victoria trailer here instead of the one for this movie! :)

  • Tracy

    Sorry; I should’ve typed Tracy as my name up there– I’m the one who normally posts under that name; typed my nickname by accident!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks so much, Tracy! I fixed it. Nine more corrections and you get a copy of my book!

  • http://whatwouldtotowatch.com Christian Toto

    Darn you, Nell. You know I have a weakness for train wreck movies … now, I have to see this!

  • Karen

    Thanks, Nell. You just saved me from wasting 103 minutes of my time & $12.00 at our local theater (matinee price for 2 tickets). If I am determined to punish myself by watching it (must admit to having a weakness for Hugh Grant movies), I’ll wait a few months until the library where I work gets a copy of the DVD. I live in an area where we “cling to our guns & Bibles,” so I’m sure the Hollywood stereotype of Republicans will irritate me. On second thought, maybe I’ll check the DVD out to someone else! ;-)
    Merry Christmas!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Not even worth viewing as a train wreck, Christian! If that’s what you’re looking for, try “Old Dogs!”

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Karen, I love librarians! My sister is one. Thanks for the great comment, and if you do decide to see check it out (in both senses of the term), let me know what you think.

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