Sunday was a lazy day, but I did take time to go to Cafe 121 for brunch and take in a movie. I decided on “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”, the new Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant film. The critics have been slamming it and the Yahoo users were mixed – they either loved it or hated it for an average rating of C+. From the previews I figured I’d probably be somewhere in between – it looked like a cute story, but probably wasn’t one I’d end up raving about. I was right…..it was OK – enjoyable, funny at times, cute story, but overall not great!
The story is about the Paul and Meryl Morgan (Grant and Parker) who are having marital problems (Paul cheated on Meryl). After going to dinner to try to talk things out, they witness a murder and the killer sees them. This results in them becoming the key witnesses in a major crime ring, so the feds put them in the witness protection program. The Morgans – life long NYC residents who, to quote Meryl, “I don’t even like Connecticut!” – are thrust into seclusion in Ray, Wyoming – the ultimate definition of “the middle of nowhere”! It is funny to watch them try to cope with life in the ruralest of rural places, the people who live there, and the relationships they form – including their own.
The story is cute and caused me and a couple others in the audience to chuckle out loud a few times. What I enjoyed most was seeing Sam Elliott, who played the Federal Marshall they are sent to stay with in Wyoming. I love Sam Elliott – his voice totally melts me through – and I miss seeing him in films! Other notable characters are played by Mary Steenburgen (Sam Elliott’s wife) and Wilford Brimley (who played the crusty owner of a local diner).
Overall, I did enjoy the movie, but it won’t be memorable. I rate it a B- (the Sam Elliott factor kept it out of the high Cs) and recommend it for a quiet evening when it comes out on DVD.