In a bid for counter-programming, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? is being released the same weekend as AVATAR. That also the only similarity these films share. Where AVATAR attempts to push the envelope of what can be done in film, MORGANS is content just rehash premises and jokes we've seen in other movies. Those other movies were better, so why would you want to waste your time on MORGANS?
If you've seen the trailer (or any other movie EVER), you know the plot. Couple on the outs witnesses a murder, and are forced to move together to Wyoming to get away from the bad guys. You know exactly where this is going: couple learn to care for each other again and defeat the bad guys. Along the way, you get to see any number of fish-out-of-water jokes that you've seen a billion times before, such as running away from giant wildlife and city slickers shooting guns. It's hilarious only if you've been living under a rock since the creation of motion pictures.
As usual, these movies need live and die with their lead actors, and I really don't like either of these lead actors. Sarah Jessica Parker can't play anything but Carey Bradshaw anymore, and I never like Sex & The City. Hugh Grant, who has also been playing the same character since he first appeared on movie screens, continues his assault on proper diction. If there's a silver lining in this film, it's the supporting cast. I'd listen to Sam Elliott read the phone book, and just seeing Wilford Brimley onscreen makes me happy.
We live in a country where you have the freedom to choose. So it's your choice: You can go see a movie that transports you to a place you've never seen before, or a place you've seen in countless other movies. Feel free to hear about the Morgans, but don't blame me if you suddenly wish you hadn't.