Find out what we think now... Did You Hear About The Morgans? (PG)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Marc Lawrence
Film Length: 103 minutes
In a nutshell: Sarah Jessica Parker scored a huge hit with her big-screen Sex And The City spinoff, and is set for another in May with the sequel, but outside that lucrative franchise her movie career has never settled into a comfortable groove. She¹s not, quite, a bankable star. But paired with Hugh Grant in a contemporary romantic comedy, she¹s certainly playing to her strengths. New York corporate lawyer Paul Morgan (Grant) is estranged from his estate-agent superstar wife Meryl (Parker), after an infidelity on his part. When they witness a mob slaying, and themselves become assassination targets, they are whisked by the FBI to a witness protection safe house in Wyoming, until separate accommodation can be found for them. Can Paul seize this opportunity to make up with Meryl?
What's good about it? Hugh Grant may be one of the laziest apologies, choosiest actors on the planet, but he knows how to play to his strengths. Gone are the days where he tried to extend his range with a film like medical thriller Extreme Measures. Instead, he banks big cheques by showcasing his knack for endearing charm, self-deprecating wit and the occasional pratfall. In his first film since Music And Lyrics three years ago, he provides the comedic anchor as the effete city dweller rubbing up against redneck locals and grizzly bears.
What¹s not so good about it? Romcoms often rely on a ludicrous premise, but somehow the one that drives Did You Hear About The Morgans? seems particularly exasperating. By going after the unfortunate pair, and tracking them down to Wyoming, the assassin hugely escalates the danger of his own exposure and arrest. Couldn¹t the mob send in a fresh killer, rather than risking the one whose identity has already been compromised? The silliness of the set-up makes the whole endeavour seem particularly laboured.
Verdict: For fans of Hugh Grant romantic comedies, well, here¹s another one. He¹s playing a character not unlike the ones he played before, and there are a few funny moments. But considering how rarely he acts these days, we¹d expected more from his latest choice than this merely serviceable, not very believable Hollywood romcom.
Rating: 4 out of 10