Did You Hear About the Morgans

  • Directors: Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly, Wilford Brimley, Jesse Liebman

Did You Hear About the Morgans? follows a highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant), whose almost-perfect lives have only one notable failure – their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience: they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely in the Rockies … unless, in their new BlackBerry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion. Once in Ray, Wyoming, the Morgan’s are introduced to the Wheelers, who will be protecting them secretly under the names of Meryl and Paul Foster, who are visiting their cousins, the Wheelers. While adjusting to Ray, Paul tries rekindling their marriage. Meanwhile, in New York, the killer is still after them and has found a way to know where they are through Meryl’s assistant. When Paul hurts his shoulder shooting cans for fun, he is taken to the only doctor in town, whose number the murderer achieves and plans to go down to Wyoming. Meryl makes a phone call to alert an adoption agent she won’t be needing her services, greatly endangering both her and Paul when she calls herself Meryl Morgan over the phone. Still trying to help the romance, Paul takes Meryl on a date. Afterwards, they get lost on the way home, and share a kiss after remembering their wedding day with Meryl repeating you may kiss the bride as a hint. With everything in order, Meryl begins to question whether she should or should not tell Paul she had an infidelity during their separation. Asking the Wheelers for help, they say she should be truthful but gentle. When she is, Paul becomes standoffish. The next day, with the killer in town, the Morgans anticipate leaving Ray for a new, bigger city. The Wheelers invite them to a rodeo, which the Morgans decline due to their budding argument. Leaving the Morgans without any form of security, the killer breaks in, but not before the Morgans are able to sneak out. Going to the Rodeo, they hide in a bull suit and accidentally frighten a live bull into head-butting them. Meryl, unable to walk, stays hidden from the killer while Paul, realizing he has no time to get the Wheelers, takes matters into his own hands. Accidentally spraying himself with pepper spray instead of the killer, he is about to be shot when Mrs. Wheeler approaches with a gun. Soon after, Mr. Wheeler does the same, and friends the Morgans have made gather around proclaiming themselves witnesses. Mr. Wheeler hits the murderer over the head with a horseshoe, knocking him unconscienous and thus leaving police to arrest him. Meryl and Paul realize that when they almost thought one another would die, they had no worse feeling in their lives, and make up for good. Six months later, they come home from China with a baby girl they have adopted. Moving into their new apartment, they decide to name the baby Rae. Admiring the view from their balcony, the happy new family admires that Meryl is pregnant with a biological child as well, with Paul remarking, Wouldn’t if be funny if this one was Chinese too?

Music and Lyrics

  • Directors: Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) enjoyed considerable fame and success in the 1980s and early 1990s as one of the founding members of the band PoP! – however, after they disbanded, his partner Colin Thompson became a popular solo act, while Alex’s own career nosedived. In recent years he has supported himself by reprising his old hits for middle-aged female fans at high school reunions, county fairs, and amusement parks, but even these minor opportunities are slowly drying up. Alex is given a chance at a comeback when teenaged pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) commissions him to write a song called “Way Back Into Love” for her new CD which is on the verge of completion, leaving him only days to fulfill her request. However, Alex’s forté is composing music; he always relied on Colin to supply the words, thus complicating matters.

During an unsuccessful attempt at a collaboration, Alex discovers that Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), who waters his plants, has something of a gift for writing song lyrics. Sophie, a former creative writing student reeling from a disastrous romance with her former English professor, Sloan Cates (Scott), who has written a novel based on their relationship that cruelly depicts her as a talentless mimic, has little confidence in her talent and initially refuses, but Alex manages to cajole her into helping him by using a few quickly-chosen phrases she has given him as the basis for a song. Over the next days, Sophie and Alex continue to write “Way Back Into Love”, gradually growing closer, much to the delight of Sophie’s older sister Rhonda (Kristen Johnston), a fan of Alex’s from his PoP! days.

Sophie, intending to start a new life in Florida, reluctantly attends the opening of Cora’s new tour at Madison Square Garden, at which Alex and Cora will debut “Way Back Into Love”. Upon hearing that Alex is singing a new song “written by Alex Fletcher”, Sophie is upset to believe that Alex is stealing credit for her work; however, the song Alex sings is a self-penned plea for Sophie to give their relationship another chance. Touched, Sophie finds Alex backstage, and he confesses he convinced Cora to drop the risqué version of “Way Back into Love” in an attempt to win Sophie back. He and Cora perform the tune as he and Sophie intended it to be sung, and the two songwriters embrace in the wings. The end of the movie reveals that they go on to become successful partners, both in songwriting and romance.

Two Weeks Notice

  • Directors: Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is an environmental lawyer in New York City. George Wade (Hugh Grant) is an immature billionaire real estate tycoon who has almost everything and knows almost nothing. Lucy’s hard work and devotion to others contrasts sharply with George’s world weary recklessness and greed.

Lucy meets George in an attempt to stop the destruction of the Coney Island community center from her childhood. He attempts to hire her to replace his old Chief Counsel, Amber. She knows of his playboy tendencies, but he promises to protect the community center if she works for him.

She soon finds that what he really requires is advice in all aspects of his life. She becomes his indispensable aide, and he calls her for every little thing. She finally gets fed up with the situation and gives him her two weeks’ notice of resignation. He is deeply troubled by this and tries to convince her to stay. He also tries to block her from getting any other jobs, as an attempt to make her stay. He finally gave in and has her train her replacement, the attractive and flirtatious June Carver (Alicia Witt), before she quits. Lucy gets jealous of June before she leaves.

After she’s gone, George realizes that his time with her has really changed him, as he keeps the promise he made to her in the beginning even if it means it costs his company millions. Meanwhile, in her new job, she’s missing him terribly. He goes in search for her and they confess their feelings for each other.

Key Largo

  • Directors: John Huston
  • Producers: Jerry Wald
  • Writers: Maxwell Anderson, Richard Brooks, John Huston
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Marc Lawrence

Frank McCloud (Bogart) visits a small backwater Key Largo hotel run by wheelchair-bound James Temple (Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law Nora (Bacall), the widow of Frank’s World War II friend. The hotel has been temporarily taken over by notorious fugitive gangster Johnny Rocco (Robinson) and his gang.

Frank at first appears indifferent to the situation, but Rocco’s treatment of his alcoholic mistress Gaye (Trevor) and his hand in the murder of two local Indians and a police officer convinces Frank that Rocco must be stopped. His chance comes when Rocco forces Frank to pilot the boat by which the gang intends to escape to Cuba. Once at sea, with no hostages to worry about, Frank is able to kill every member of the gang, one by one, Rocco last of all. Frank then returns to Nora.

The subplot turns on Temple’s grief over his dead son; he is under the impression that his son died a hero in Italy. McCloud resists relating any tales about the Temple boy, despite Mr. Temple’s urging. When McCloud relents, he tells exactly the story Mr. Temple and the widow want to hear, although it is apparent that McCloud was the hero that he’s allowing the Temple boy to be.

Miss Congeniality

  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Producers: Bruce Berman
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen

Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent who goes undercover in the fictional Miss United States scholarship program/beauty pageant in San Antonio, Texas on the lookout for a terrorist. She, who is not traditionally attractive, is turned into a more attractive woman going by the name of Gracie Lou Freebush, with the same tomboyish habits (eg. snorting while laughing). She is seen overreacting to a gun-toting Texan, wearing a Tyrolean for her talent competition, much to the dismay of her mentor, Victor Melling (Michael Caine) and the director of the competition and former queen, Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen), and using her on-stage talent to demonstrate self-defense techniques.

In the pageant itself, Hart, competing on behalf of the state of New Jersey was tabbed to advance to the top 10, but gets through on talent alone for the rest of the pageant. She was eventually placed as runner up (Cheryl Frasier/Miss Rhode Island won). It is revealed at the end of the movie that Morningside and her son, Frank Morningside (gone under the name Tobin to hide his many crimes) have plotted to sabotage the pageant. They are caught after the title crown (which is rigged with a bomb) detonates at conclusion of the pageant, and Gracie is awarded “Miss Congeniality” (although The Miss Congeniality award is usually given during the pageant itself, a custom in pageants such as Miss USA and Miss Universe) and starts a relationship with her partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt).