`Did You Hear About the Morgans?' is Hollywood's best stab at a romantic comedy for 2009 that would make its mark. Unfortunately, many of those who have seen the film think of it as a poor effort. The general feeling is that `Did You Hear About the Morgans?' is unoriginal and just another of your typical romcoms; but it is unfair to expect a completely fresh approach from a genre that is known and loved for its predictability.
There is no couple better than Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker to star as Paul and Meryl, a rich, stylish, yet separated couple, otherwise known as the Morgans. Due to stupidity on Paul's part, he is striving to gain forgiveness from his wife after his infidelity, when they witness a murder and are put under state protection. Leaving their New York City lives far behind them, they fly to Ray Wyoming and are cut off from every connection to their beloved way of living; an unbearable situation for the pair. The relocation gives writer-director, Marc Lawrence, further fuel for comedy, and performances from Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen as the Morgans' protectors are the icing on the cake. What follows is a series of bear attacks, horse rides, woodcutting and cow-milking; events that render the Morgans flabbergasted and the audience in stitches.
With all jokes aside, `Did You Hear About the Morgans?' delves deep into common issues married couples may have, and the emotions that walk hand in hand with them, whilst keeping it light-hearted with the relocation and extreme situations they find themselves in when they least expect it; a combination that romcom lovers revel in and adore.
Although it has been criticised widely for not being an Oscar-winning film, `Did You Hear About the Morgans?' is a satisfying romantic comedy, certain to cheer you up at the end of a long day, and `does exactly what it says on the box'.
My Rating: 7/10