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Did You Hear About The Morgans? - Rental Movie Review
IF you love Hugh Grant!
Do Not Rent This Movie....
Starring: Hugh Grant & Sarah Jessica Parker, Directed By (could not find his/her name on DVD).....Wow! Shocker!
I am reviewing this movie because it was one of the biggest disappointments EVER!!!! When I first saw this trailer, I was so excited about Hugh Grant playing a lovable, sexy, gibbering Brit AGAIN along with Sarah Jessica Parker who is good "some of the time." Honestly, I feel that Sarah Jessica Parker was too old for this role and believe me I'm the last person to say this! I always support women of all ages in Hollywood, but it just did not work for this film. Maybe if they casted someone a bit younger and quirkier? Man, from the beginning of the film, I found myself asking questions like "What the hell is going on?," "Where is the music?" "Why does the Director suck so bad?" "Who wrote this?" That is really "harsh" I know but I could not understand "what the heck happened?" Why could something look so great and be that bad? Hollywood my friends. Shall we say more?
Now, this is VERY rare in the movies I usually rent (I usually get good referrals from friends or look into them on-line) so I was compelled to write this review because I thought how could this be bad! Here is the "pitch" for the film. Two successful New York people are separated because Hugh screwed up and cheated. They have a lot of awkward "back and forths" with bad dialogue UNTIL "lo and behold," the one night that they go out to dinner something BAD happens! Infact they both witness a murder and the bad guy recognizes them! Without ruining the rest of the film (is it possible?) ha I thought I would talk about why I wanted to see this movie!
First of all the trailer was really funny, but the one scene in the film that seems hysterical was cut just for the trailer! By the time you get to the scene, it is NOT funny! Now, I have found out through employees at Blockbuster that there are actually companies that make covers of rentals look like popular movies even if they are nothing like them! Infact, I know people who get paid to produce, write and direct marketing campaigns for all different media and I know what they are capable of....This is all the stuff I thought about while I was watching this film! I was so annoyed at the idea that the film is nothing like it seemed. I really hope this director used a pseudonym for his/her sake. "Over the shoulder shots?" Please!!!!! What is this, bad television? With such big name talents, this was really shocking.
Now the only "positive" things about this film. The soundtrack (when it finally appeared) was awesome! Mr. Grant definitely must have had some pull with the British performers or publishing companies to land some of these songs for the movie. This is my guess since I know about music licensing. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and other really cool tracks. I'm currently looking into locating it because it was THAT good. SO, Theodore Shapiro who is credited with "Music By" did a good job on the film.
If you are a fan of Sam Elliot or Mary Steenburgen, they were definitely the best part of this film. Both were very believable in their roles and they "out shined" the stars in a huge way.
The sad part of this film is that it could have been really good. With the line up of talent, the music and the premise, there is no reason why this should happen. Except for a bad Director and Writer who had some pull with Columbia Pictures or the production company. Anyway, if you have seen it I would really be interested in what you thought about it. I really felt "duped" on this one! Annoying!