Did You Hear About the Morgans? : DVD Review

Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker star in this rather limp comedy – Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Starring as estranged husband and wife Paul and Cheryl – Paul had a one-night stand with a co-worker – the two are sharing a meal together to have crisis talks but wouldn’t you have guessed it, they witness a murder in a busy New York street night and promptly escape from a maximum security prison to become soldiers of fortune, oh no wait a minute that’s the A Team, sorry my mind was wondering…. they witness a murder and are promptly put in the witness protection program until they are able to testify to see the killer put behind bars. Relocated to Wyoming they spend time with the locals and come to understand what love really means and reconnect… snooze.

Hugh Grant never seems to take on any challenging roles and whilst I’m happy for him to star in films such About A Boy as a washed-up one-hit pop wonder, or as the Prime Minister in Love Actually, where he is actually capable of making viewers think that he’d be rather good in charge of the country, I’m not so happy to watch him at others times when he appears to be acting with all the skill of a four year old child. His performance in Did You Hear About The Morgans? appears to be in the latter category. He just appears to be bumbling and stammering throughout.

Sarah Jessica Parker, can be annoying as Carrie, so when given the chance to do something different, does she take it? Well not this time it seems, here she is meant to be a woman scorned, cuckolded and angry, but she doesn’t really milk it for what it’s worth and ends up looking vaguely irritated and a bit cross.

The script is quickly simply poor and whilst it is often true that a poor film can be made a least bearable by having a pairing of charismatic lead actors, unfortunately Did You Hear About The Morgans? is not one of these cases, it’s cliché-leaden, full of stereotypes, and has a severe lack of comedy, or for that matter, romance.
The direction is equally languid – the only upside really being that as with most blu-rays it does have a nice, sharp image, not much to say about the film though is it?

Author : Kevin Stanley