By Don Simpson | December 24, 2009
Director: Marc Lawrence
Writer: Marc Lawrence
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly, Wilford Brimley, Jesse Liebman
If you find cultural stereotypes to be offensive, I have some advice – stay far away from the horrendously titled Did You Hear About the Morgans? I am not sure who to be more offended for – the rural gun-toting Republicans of Wyoming (who are not too dissimilar to the media’s representation of Palinites) or the urban liberals of New York City – as both exist in Did You Hear About the Morgans? as mere caricatures.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? follows Paul (Hugh Grant) and Meryl Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker) as they hide out in west bumble-fuck Wyoming while participating in a witness protection program for a murder that they witnessed in New York City. Oh, and I forgot the most important part, Paul and Meryl were married but are now separated because Paul cheated on Meryl. While in Wyoming the duo encounter bears and rednecks with the same apprehension and curiosity. That’s about it.
Similar to It’s Complicated, Did You Hear About the Morgans? features two lead characters who possess fantasy lives in which they rarely need to work or even think (Paul and Meryl each have a personal assistant for that). How many people are there in the world that can actually relate to the Morgans? And then how many of those people are stupid enough to fall for this sad old schtick? What about the rest of us – do we really care what happens to the Morgans?
Most of the film features Grant making the very same face that is featured on the poster – you know, the one on which he appears constipated-cum-guilty-cum-somewhat amused. Parker, too, is more one-dimensional than ever. The best character in the film is Meryl’s personal assistant Jackie (Elisabeth Moss), yet she sees far too little screen time to save this social-profiling mess.