By Chase Kahn
Marc Lawrence's Did You Hear About the Morgans? (Sony/Columbia, 12.11.09) looks like the biggest give-up of a romantic comedy I've seen in a long time. It's the story of a Manhattan couple (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant), on the brinks of separation, who witness a murder and are forced to lay low in rural, small-town Wyoming.
Was there any thought to this? How many times to we have to get the city girl-in-the-country hilarity up and running? You've got Mary Steenburgen in a cowboy hat cocking a shotgun, horse-riding, bears, marital bickering, Hugh Grant's twitchy eyebrows and motormouth schtick, Parker's horse-face, etc. Let me guess, through this backwoods hilarity, the couple will somehow rekindle their love?
This will be a failure of epic proportions. It might make money in its opening weekend, but this is single-digit tomatometer stuff -- mark my words. When nothing in the trailer even remotely resembles a well-written scene or genuinely funny moment, it has no shot. When all you have is a Hugh Grant/bear face-off, and that's the best you can do, you might as well not even show up.