Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, Mary Steenburgen, Sam Elliott

"We're not in Manhattan anymore."

Cinema 2, Shang Cineplex

The movie is angled towards how a separated couple react to their new but temporary surroundings (Wyoming) after they are abruptly transported out of their comfort zone (New York City) as part of the witness protection program.
Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Paul Morgan (Hugh Grant) must not only learn to adjust to their new environment which I'd have to say was pretty panoramic, they must also cope with each other as they slowly start to play the blame game. The game where they both enumerate the numerous flaws in their marriage and why it miserably failed. Well sad to say they got on my nerves!

The premise sounded pretty good on paper. Yet somehow this romantic comedy doesn't sit well in my list of rom coms to remember. There was hardly any chemistry between SJP and Hugh Grant. There were several boring scenes of SJP's pasty face ruminating about their failed marriage and her adoption plans while Hugh Grant tried to look remorseful about his past indiscretions. She looked really haggard without makeup and felt like a fish out of water in Wyoming. Debonair yet ever so charming Hugh Grant did have some funny dialogue to redeem his romantic lead part but after some time it was painfully pathetic to watch him try so hard. At first I figured since they are an estranged couple naturally there should be a certain degree of awkwardness between them. I assume it was their way of projecting their roles.

But after a while, I simply stopped caring about the Morgans, really! So what if they witnessed a murder? So what if there is a menacing bear on the loose just outside their 'hiding' place? So what if there is a supposedly dangerous hired killer on their trail? It simply didn't make much sense to torture the audience for 103 minutes with their inane shenanigans.

The only good thing about this movie is that it was filmed in such a scenic place with alot of rugged appeal. The mountains, the lake, the small town vibe provided a gorgeous backdrop to such a dismal film!

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