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Did You Hear About the Morgans? Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Did you hear it was funny? You heard wrong. Read full review

0.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Obnoxious yuppies rekindle romance in the country. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    27

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What possible reason was there for anyone to make Did You Hear About the Morgans? Or should I say "remake," because this movie has been made and over and over again, and oh, so much better.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Everything about this fish-out-of-water romp is tired.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    You should hear instead about Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen, who whip up cowboy fun as married U.S. marshals assigned to protect the pair in Wyoming.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Not even the estimable comic chops of Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker can lift it above the level of ordinary.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Fish-out-of-water romcom is teen-friendly but a real snooze.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Hugh Grant/Sarah Jessica Parker romantic comedy is a classic fish-out-of-water tale that could appeal to romcom-loving teens, despite its bland story. There are a few kisses and references to sex, marriage, and infidelity. Strong language is surprisingly infrequent (one "s--t" and "bulls--t"), and most of the violence -- including minor gunviolence (and gun use in general, in the parts that take place in Wyoming), as well as some comical scenes involving bear spray -- is concentrated briefly at the beginning and the end of the movie. Expect a fair bit of product placement/promotion, including BlackBerry, Gillette, and more.

  • Families can talk about the movie's gun violence and hunting jokes. Is the gun use in the movie meant to be comical? Is it?
  • How are both New Yorkers and people from Wyoming portrayed? Is the characters' depiction realistic or stereotypical?
  • Why do you think the fish-out-of-water genre is so popular? What's funny about seeing people out of theircomfort zone?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Paul and Meryl learn to appreciate what Wyoming has to offer -- open sky, a slower pace, and friendly, unjaded people -- even though they're die-hard, snotty New Yorkers. The importance of fidelity and loyalty in marriage is another obvious theme.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Emma and Clay are positive role models for a loving and lasting -- albeit imperfect -- marriage. Paul and Meryl are at first very annoying, sterotypical New Yorkers (especially Meryl), but they eventually prove that small towns have something to offer even the most cynical, overly chatty city folks.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some gun violence, but nothing bloody. A man with a knife in his back plunges to his death, and a hit man tries to shoot a couple. The same hit man opens fire again in a crowded place. Most of the population of Ray, Wyo., is armed (legally, it's presumed) with guns, and a couple of scenes revolve around characters learning to shoot a rifle and then using it against the hit man. Comical violence includes the use of bear spray on a man -- twice.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Paul and Meryl kiss a few times and cuddle (in their pajamas) in bed together. They also discuss Paul's adultery on several occasions. Secondary couples dance, flirt, and kiss as well, but nothing too risque.

  • language false2

    Language: One "s--t" and "bulls--t" is the worst of it. Other mild insults/exclamations include "screw you," "hell, yeah," "idiot," "oh my God," and "stupid," as well as Britishisms like "bloody" and "bollocks."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several brands are featured fairly prominently: BlackBerry, Google, Gillette, Carhartt, Edge, Advil, and Hunt's ketchup. Also lots of New York-specific places and publications, like the Times, New York magazine, Nobu restaurant, Zabar's, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An elderly man smokes cigarettes in his restaurant. Paul and Meryl have wine on their table at dinner.

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