Did You Hear About the Morgans? is the type of cloying “romantic comedy” that is best avoided unless you are a truly devoted fan of the erstwhile charming High Grant and the once style-setting Sarah Jessica Parker.
Grant and Parker star as Paul and Meryl Morgan, a highly successful New York couple whose marriage is on the rocks. After many failed efforts, Paul manages to convince his estranged wife to meet for dinner. The stumbling, bumbling Grant appears to be making some headway towards winning his wife back when the couple take a walk through a Manhattan rainstorm and witness a murder. The killer spots the two witnesses and the FBI convinces the separated couple to go into the witness protection program.
The high rolling New York power-brokers are relocated to the cowpoke town of Ray, Wyoming. This is when things get just a little too clichéd and cutesy for comfort. They are put under the care of the local sheriff, Sam Elliot and his wife, Mary Steenburgen. The quintessential New York material girl (Parker) and her worldly English husband (Grant) are so predictably befuddled by the absurdly ever-present guns, cowboy hats, bears and taxidermy in Hicksville, USA that we are just left, well, embarrassed. In one particularly annoying “romantic” scene, the couple is shocked to discover that the country night sky reveals way more stars than a Manhattan sky. Who would have thunk it?
It must be tough for successful actors to break out of their typecast, but after this effort both Grant and Parker need to take a long hard look in the mirror and commit to taking some risks. These roles are just way too pat for both of them. The “witty” repartee between the Morgans is so trite and overwrought that it appears as if writer-director Marc Lawrence aims to reproduce every ounce of “boyish charm” from all of Grant’s movies and mix it with all the self-satisfied adorableness of Parker’s Sex and The City Carrie Bradshaw. The result is an offensive onslaught of clichés that makes one wish that the FBI had left the couple in Manhattan at the mercy of the killer.