Yes, I heard about it...but couldn't remember the name very well! For a while, I thought, its like Do You Know The Morgans? With a name more like a sentence, it will be difficult for many to do so, I believe. I also think, slowly Hollywood is catching up on Bollywood. Earlier they used to have small names, and now they are copying our producers with names like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Hum Aap Ke Dil Mein Rehte Hain... and so on and so forth!
Well, this movie is about middle aged romance and unless, you are a "Huge" Hugh Grant fan, or love Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex and The City, there would not be much on offer, here. But, if you enter the theater without much expectation, you could be well, surprised. Unfortunately, some of the issues which the movie talks about are very western in concept and may not find wide acceptance in India. It talks about lack of time for themselves in the lives of busy working couples, the tiring city life where we are too afraid to pause or have a look around and finding love and discovering life once again. A section among urban multiplex audiences may find some resonance, though.
The movie starts off on a promising note, where Paul Morgan (Hugh Grant playing a lawyer) estranged from his wife, Meryl Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker playing a hotshot real estate agent) is trying to apologise for his digressions and get back together. However, Meryl is not quite convinced. When they happen to meet, they witness a murder and are taken into witness protection program of the US Government. They are the kind, who can't think of life outside New York and when they are given an option to live outside New York or die in New York, they don't have much choice really. On temporary basis, they are shifted to a place in the middle of nowhere.
In the next 7 days, the Morgans, now renamed as Fosters and cut off from the rest of the world, discover the charms of idyllic rural life and sort of glorifies the same. The metro couple learn to use the rifle and guess what, the woman does it better while the man hurts his shoulders on recoil (plus 10 point for feminists). Since, there are not many people, the receptionist at the doctor's is also the waitress at the only restaurant in town and also the deputy fire chief. They also learn horse riding, and Meryl discovers, that Paul knew horse riding (a skill, which would be useful in a latter scene) and there is so much to discover about each other amidst nature. Meryl also uses her real estate selling skills to sell the doctor's house. Of course, both of them find difficult to sleep in the quite environment and Paul burns a CD with the Sounds of New York like the subway, cars, people fighting, etc. In between some more jokes about infertility to infedility, Reds and Blues in politics, a fascination with the grizzly bear and of course, one on Sarah Palin, the Morgans rediscover their love life. They also agree on a few things and finally manage to get back to their normal lives.
There is a minor parallel track among the assistants of Paul and Meryl, who seem to be the only people concerned in any way about the disappearance of the Morgans, which somehow betrays the title of the movie. I thought, more people would be asking... Did You Hear About The Morgans?
The movie is entirely balanced on Hugh Grant's shoulders and his trademark cute comedy, carried forward from Love Actually. The movie would make today's feminists happy, when the man is begging his wife for almost entire duration of the movie to take him back into her life (plus 1,000 points) and the woman is not quite convinced. So, if you have not heard about the Morgans or people like them, you can know more about them in the theaters.
P.S. Watch out for Did You Hear About The Murugans? which is going to be the Bollywood remake. ;-)