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Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 106

It gets a certain amount of mileage out of the inherent likability of its stars, but with an unfunny script and a lack of onscreen chemistry, Did You Hear About the Morgans? falls flat.

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

It gets a certain amount of mileage out of the inherent likability of its stars, but with an unfunny script and a lack of onscreen chemistry, Did You Hear About the Morgans? falls flat.

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A bickering New York couple on the verge of divorce is placed in the Witness Protection Program and relocated to Wyoming after witnessing a murder. Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant) have all the money a couple could want -- it's love they're running short on. Upon witnessing a contract killing and being targeted by the triggerman, the couple find themselves at the mercy of the feds, who hastily send them packing for an extended stay in the Rockies. Could a peaceful life

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Marc Lawrence

Mar 16, 2010

$29.6M

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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (106) | DVD (5)

This ultra-mild frolic follows the 'fish-out-of-water' comedy formula so closely its lack of surprise is almost, well, surprising.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of those cookie-cutter romantic comedies in which fish out of water ("Which one's skim?" Parker asks while milking cows) learn to swim together again.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The movie is like a car wreck in which no one is injured but the onlookers.

December 22, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (3)
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There's a scene where Hugh Grant confronts a grizzly bear and I've never rooted so hard for a predatory mammal.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The cast is in such fine form that everything seems funny.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (3)
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While it fails on nearly every conceivable level, as a textbook case in everything contemptible in the studio system, Did You Hear About the Morgans? is as good as it gets.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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I wish I could answer 'no' to the movie's title question.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Despite a breezy premise, this rom-com displays lazy filmmaking at almost every level of the production

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

To end my assessment on the level of the film's writing, you'll wish you never heard about the Morgans. (Ha ha ha)

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The mediocre material gets a boost from a hardworking Grant, who uses his trademark bumbling formality to deliver dry commentary and wring out the most laughs possible.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Potro%u0161eni Hugh Grant i antipati%u010Dna izvedba S.J. Parker u komediji koja je trebala biti slasher horror

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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You've seen it before, and you'll see it again. In one way or another 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?' is the same old fish-out-of-water story that's been put to film dozens of times.

January 14, 2010 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Hugh, what a stinker! Mediocre sit-com humour doesn't help an unoriginal premise and a star pairing with less believable chemistry than a pebble and another slightly smaller pebble. Where's a straight-to-video distributor when you need one?

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

In a silly way, it is entertaining, the mismatch is actually weirdly plausible, and try as I might, I couldn't be grumpy about it.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comments (2)
Guardian [UK]

Parker is better, injecting a note of rawness and authenticity into an otherwise misconceived subplot about adoption. Even she can't fake any curiosity in, yet alone sexual chemistry with, Grant.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The trouble with his new film, though, is not its lack of grit, but its lack of ambition and originality. It's one of those films that you've seen before - even before you've seen it.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Perhaps this new decade could be the one in which female audiences are treated as something other than a dumping ground for the lazy, complacent idiocy that has passed for chick flicks of late.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The jokes come thin and slow, the thrills are non-existent.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The cinematic equivalent of throwing buckets of money at a house with no foundations. The worst thing is, and sadly for cinema, this house shows no sign of falling down any time soon.

January 5, 2010
Little White Lies

A hellish rom-com bereft of chuckles and charm. A good screwball comedy should have laughs, heart, sexiness, rapid-fire banter and, most importantly, chemistry between its two leads - Did You Hear About The Morgans? has not one of these things.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Considering how rarely Grant works, you'd expect genuine excellence in the scripts he picks. We'd expected more than this merely serviceable, not very believable Hollywood romcom.

January 5, 2010
Heat Magazine

We've seen this a hundred times before...only better.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Parker and Grant sleepwalk their way through a flatline comedy in which old jokes can be seen coming a mile away.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Grant's familiar, pained and rueful expressions start to look like an actor's commentary on the film, not a character's response to events within it.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Like sitting under the dentist's drill for 100 minutes, there's not a single, solitary laugh in the whole damn thing. In fact, it's a film so bad you actually start to feel sorry for the stars.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Did You Hear About the Morgans?

It's hard to tell whether Sarah Jessica Parker overacted so much that Hugh Grant couldn't do anything or if Hugh Grant was so bad in his performance Sarah Jessica Parker tried too hard to compensate. Two words to avoid from now on: Marc Lawrence. Poor old Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen, whose characters had legs, were left without opportunity to do anything. You can almost see the disappointment/frustration/knowing realisation that they were stuck in a crap movie with no easy way out. This is a crap movie.
October 14, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Hugh Grant always picks the same type of roles as the bumbling Englishman. His estranged wife (SJP) and him witness a murder and have to go into witness protection together. Leaving their busy lives in New York for Wyoming. Predictable but enjoyable rom com. Good cast.
March 13, 2011
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T Tsang

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Brilliantly hillarious. I can't think of any other film in recent years that actually made me laugh so hard. SJP and Hugh Grant made a great on-and-off couple and I actually admire the script writer, whoever he or she is, since it is absolutely GENIUS! The film is a combination of American and British culture because I think the jokes are really British. It's that "oh it's not funny but I have to laugh" type of jokes. Really, this one made my day, I'm not even exaggerating.
March 7, 2011
nadirairdiana

Super Reviewer

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