Movie Review: The last we saw Hugh Grant was as the immensely lovable crooner in Music and Lyrics. And the last we saw Sarah Jessica Parker was as the archetypal New Yorker in Sex and the City. Do we want to see this seemingly odd couple together in this romcom that really doesn't have anything new to offer? Well, okay, if you must....Totally time-pass.
The only novelty about this jaded script about a squabbling uptown couple who fall back in love is the emergence of a brand new character on Hollywood's screen. Say hello to Sarah Palin as she dons her celluloid avtar as Emma, the gun-toting wife (Mary Steenburgen) of a US marshall who has been assigned the job of protecting the Morgans as they enter a witness relocation programme to evade an assassin who's been chasing them from New York. Like Palin, Emma too is a hard-boiled carnivore who lives in the wilds, isn't intimidated by grizzlies and other wild animals and loves a mean hunt, while flashing her loaded gun and leather boots. And in case you miss the similarities, there's Mrs Morgan who exclaims "Oh my God, that's Sarah Palin!" when she first spots her. It's here, in wild and laid back Wyoming that the Morgans get a chance to shed their big city blues and discover the joys of giving and loving...Like, sharing quiet dinners in candle light or battling bears in the backyard.
The film does have a tired Hugh Grant and a washed out Sarah Jessica Parker trying to be funny. To be fair, they do manage to make you smile, now and then, while the popcorn lasts.