Did you hear about the Morgans?

If not, here's the news: writer-director Marc Lawrence's movie starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker is a clunker.

Estranged couple Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant) witness a murder and are forced to flee their chic New York lives into the protection of Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen, the sheriffs of slow-pokey Ray, Wyoming. Diabolically inert and tonally clunky, but obviously going for a ra-ta-tat romantic comedy throwback, what few laughs Morgans has come from Grant's very British buffoonery. It's hard to tell if the film tried and failed to recreate some classic romantic spark or is just plain lazy as the dialogue has the bounce of a hackey-sack, but the white-font-on-black, Woody Allen-style opening credits betrays writer-director Marc Lawrence's grand delusions. Just who the hell does he think he is?

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