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Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

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In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small town Wyoming as part of the Witness Protection Program.

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Marc Lawrence

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Marc Lawrence
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Paul Morgan
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Meryl Morgan
Natalia Klimas Natalia Klimas ... Monique Rabelais
Vincenzo Amato ... Girard Rabelais
Jesse Liebman ... Adam Feller
Elisabeth Moss ... Jackie Drake
Michael Kelly ... Vincent
Seth Gilliam ... U.S. Marshal Lasky
Sándor Técsy Sándor Técsy ... Anton Forenski (as Sandor Tecsy)
Kevin Brown ... U.S. Marshal Henderson
Steven Boyer ... U.S. Marshal Ferber
Sharon Wilkins Sharon Wilkins ... U.S. Marshal King
Sam Elliott ... Clay Wheeler
Mary Steenburgen ... Emma Wheeler
Kim Shaw ... Nurse Kelly
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Storyline

Meryl and Paul Morgan have separated since his infidelity. He's a Manhattan lawyer, seeking forgiveness. She's moved on, focusing on real estate sales. As he walks her to an appointment one evening, pleading his case, they witness a murder, and the murderer sees them. The F.B.I. wants them in Witness Protection until the killer is caught. He's already hunting them. The F.B.I. sends them to Ray, Wyoming, a tiny ranch town, where they stay with the aging Sheriff and his gun-toting wife (who's his Deputy). Meryl and Paul must sort out their relationship while their New York City ways bump up against those of the West. Meantime, Meryl knows two things that Paul doesn't. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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We're not in Manhattan anymore.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

18 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Hugh Grant/Sarah Jessica Parker Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,616,571, 20 December 2009

Gross USA:

$29,580,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,280,250
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018, Hugh Grant starred in all the four features directed by Marc Lawrence. This one is the third. Grant plays a romantically-involved character in all of the films and is paired with a different actress or actresses each time. See more »

Goofs

When Meryl leaves Paul early and he keeps on running and she heads back to the farm. While running she wears tight fitting grey leggings, but when she shows up in the barn she wears loose fitting sweatpants. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Meryl Morgan: [on the answering machine] Hi, you've reached Meryl Morgan, I can't take your call right now, so leave a message and have a great day. Thanks!
Paul Morgan: Uh, hello, it is me, your uh... your husband, um... at least legally uh... still your husband, as recognized by the state of New York, and uh... in the end, who would argue with the governor? I uh... I wanted to call and just say hello, as it is approaching the three-month anniversary of our being separated, and I thought perhaps it might be ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits Meryl Morgan's answering machine is heard once again See more »

Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.59 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Written by Freddie Mercury
Produced by Michael Rafter
Performed by Gracie Lawrence (as Gracie Bea Lawrence)
[The second song sung by Lucy at the fair]
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I wish they had the script . ..
17 December 2009 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"And the skies are not cloudy all day." Home on the Range

They're not cloudy in Ray, Wyoming, where the people are straight out of central feel-good-about-the-country casting, and a separated married couple from the big city can learn a thing or two about down-home love. Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a bland romantic comedy obeying all the clichés about country vs. city and married couples reconciling with a denouement that defines telegraphing.

The Morgans move from NYC in a witness protection plan. The bad guy they saw murder is after them. Certainly not a thriller movie, there is something pleasant about this romantic comedy, both from its charismatic actors Hugh Grant as Paul Morgan and Sarah Jessica Parker as Meryl Morgan and the leisurely pace set by Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen, both actors born to swagger in jeans and holstered guns. Their laid back, married law officers is the balm to salve the critical inclination to dismiss the movie as inconsequential. As a happily married but not complacent couple, they are the paradigm most romances look to capture for the secret of marital success.

That success is the center of the film's thematic purpose, no simpler than confirming the importance of communication and accepting mistakes like infidelity as human. Grant and Parker are engaging enough to carry off this thin comedy, but they have weak dialogue to work with. While they may never be Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, I wish they had the script to put them in contention.

It's pleasant to have a romcom not about lusting singles or vicious divorcées. It would be pleasant as well to have Judd Apatow try this marriage business.


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