Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || PG13 - 103 minutes - $34.95 || March 16, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-03-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Marc Lawrence
Writer(s): Marc Lawrence (written by)
Cast: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker


Theatrical Release Date: December 18, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • MovieIQ
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

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.::THE FILM::.

I donít even know where to begin with Did You Hear About the Morgans? Well, for starters, I donít find Hugh Grant the least bit entertaining. The same goes for Sarah Jessica Parker, yeah okay I watched ďSex in the City,Ē yeah okay I watched every episode because I was forced to, and it was a decent show. Sheís not that great of an actress and not that funny either, so putting both her and Grant into a movie has got to be comedy gold, right? No, wrong. This has got to be one of the worst so-called ďcomediesĒ Iíve seen in at least two days.

The movie opens to an incredibly long, boring monologue where Paul (Hugh Grant) is trying to win back the heart of his now-separate love Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker, who by the way ďMerylĒ is just so herÖ great name choiceÖ) by preaching to her answering machine. He apologizes for cheating on her and running away from things, and then an hour later the message ends and we see Paul trying yet again to win his woman back. After several failed attempts the two get together for one last night of well nothing and somehow manage to witness a murder committed by Vincent (Michael Kelly). The police show up and escort the couple to their respective homes and thatís when the real trouble begins, besides the movie itself.

Vincent spots a magazine on the corner market and sees that Meryl is a real estate person and comes to her home dressed up like a cop and shoots the guard and tries to kill her too. Meryl manages to escape, along with Paul, and both are relocated thanks to the witness relocation program. They are forced to live in a ďhickĒ town in their eyes for a few weeks until the police can either capture or kill Vincent, as until they do he will keep coming after the couple. Vincent however is no average killer, and manages to find out just where Meryl and Paul are at, and heads off to some state that I canít remember to kill them. Can the newly-loving couple reignite the flames and fight off a killer or will Vincent get the upper-hand in this lacking comedy?

Yeah, so I vaguely remember the previews and never did I recall anything about them being ex-lovers or being witnesses to a murder. I just remember how they were a great socialite couple and had to go for some reason to a southern country to meet some parents or something along those lines. I mean seriously, this movie is so contrived it makes other films Iíve seen in the past (Iím looking at you Where the Wild Things Are) look phenomenal. The fact that the script somehow made it to the screen is as disturbing as the amount it reportedly cost to make the film (upwards of $30 million).

Iíve never really liked Grant or Parker, as I stated previously, and this movie doesnít change my opinions much. They donít really interact well together the entire film, as they appear to be cardboard cutouts of other past crappy films and their lines are just flown off the top of their head it seemed like. I mean honestly, did they read the script and wonder ďThis isnít funny, this isnít funny!!Ē or did they just run to cash-in their paychecks and laugh the entire time. Paul and Meryl are really staple characters that you probably wonít care about ten minutes after the movie starts and ten minutes later wonder when the movie will end.

Bad acting, bad script, and just overall a bad flick make these Morgans probably not one youíre going to want to invest anytime in. The tagline ďgreat date movieĒ or something like that must be sarcasm, because thereís just no way thatís possible.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Marc Lawrence, Hugh Grant, and Sarah Jessica Parker: I always find it ironic when the commentary track is actually funnier than the comedy itself. Here we have Parker, Grant, and the director joining forces to tackle the dreary film but do so in a light-hearted manner that I enjoyed listening to. I found myself enjoying this track much more than the movie, which is probably due to the fact that I rarely hear the film in the background. Thereís rarely a dry moment here and I think this is worth a listen if you get the chance.

Location, Location, Location! (18 minutes): The filmís location is talked about in-depth and the cast gives some boring interviews about their experience with the movie. Pretty much though everything thatís said here is in the commentary section or the rest of these extras. Plus, their lines seem so scripted (unlike the filmÖ) that I would be hard-pressed to find someone who can sit through the entire duration like me and be interested.

Cowboys and Cosmopolitans (8 minutes): The cowboys are talked about and also the script is yet again analyzed by the crew of the film. This sets an on-going trend in extras that probably donít need to be here but are just to make the Blu-Ray appear to have a ton of interesting stuff going on.

Park Avenue Meets the Prairie (5 minutes): For those majoring in fashion design or just people who like to talk about fashion, then boy is this extra for you. The castís clothes are analyzed and talked about for a whole five minutes, similar to the rest of the dreary extras, you can pass.

A Bear of a Scene (5 minutes): The scene that had a bear in it is analyzed and the cast talks about their experiences with the animal. Once again, why?

Deleted Scenes (5 minutes): There are only two deleted scenes here, and almost identical to the movie, they are missing any type of humor. For a comedy these extras sure are bland.

Outtakes (7 minutes): Do you find it funny when you canít put a box of Little Bites muffins into your cart? If so, then be prepared to laugh your socks off. All others who are normal can move on.

International Special (13 minutes): On the off chance you didnít understand the filmís idea or want to know more about it in-depth then this is the extra for you. The cast is interviewed about the movie and the script, both of which are boring to hear about.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

BD-Live: Since I received a copy early, BD-Live is unavailable at this time. I will update this section once the release hits shelves to see if there is anything here for you to view.

Movie IQ: Normally this is my favorite extra on any Sony Blu-Ray, but this time around I see little use for it. The information given as extras isnít that interesting, and most people will know who is in the scene and whatís going on. Sure some people will find this interesting, but I canít think of anyone who will enjoy this past a few minutes.

Just one tiny bit of annoyance, there are ads that pop up in the middle-right of the screen for upcoming Blu-Ray releases that block the special features menu and their visibility. Iím all for Blu-Rayís advertising upcoming flicks, but next time not so glaring and intrusive.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Surprisingly enough the transfer for this new release Blu-Ray isnít all that bad, well in comparison to the flick itself anyway. Colors are pretty bright, although this is expected since the film is set mostly outdoors in beautiful areas such as New York and the cowboy towns. I didnít notice any sort of colors being overblown or overtaking any others, which is a great thing to note. I did however notice that the transfer is fairly soft and at times I was a bit distracted by whites just being a little too off. There were some scenes that had some grain in it, which was disappointing to note as usual. The grain amount isnít anywhere near as bad though as other releases but enough to note the distinction of it being there.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track runs just about the same as the transfer, although they are two different categories obviously. Levels are somewhat inconsistent throughout the film, as at times I had to tweak it a few times but not as much as I normally have to. There were some scenes, like the two action sequences towards the end that did sound wonderful. That being said, the rest of the movie was a pretty big disappointment. Surround sound was basically non-existent here, as almost the entire film had audio coming from the front speaker and not much if at all from the rears.



.::OVERALL::.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? was a tank at the box-office and there were many reasons behind that one. The film isnít funny, the cast is wooden, and odds are youíve seen them in these exact same roles years ago and probably for cheaper. Good thing Parker has Sex in the City 7 to rely on and Grant hasÖ well... umÖ movies? Women will find this funny but men should definitely run the other way if their chick wants to watch the Morgans.