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?

Changeling

  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz
  • Writers: J Michael Straczynski
  • Genres: Drama, History, Mystery
  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich, Jason Butler Harner, Colm Feore, Michael Kelly, Amy Ryan

In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) returns home to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter (Griffith), is missing. Reverend Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for its incompetence, corruption and the extrajudicial punishment meted out by its “Gun Squad”, led by Chief James E. Davis (Feore). Several months after Walter’s disappearance, the LAPD tells Christine that he has been found alive. Believing the positive publicity will negate recent criticism of the department, the LAPD organizes a public reunion. Although “Walter” (Conti) claims he is Christine’s son, she says he is not. Captain J. J. Jones (Donovan), the head of the LAPD’s Juvenile Division, insists the boy is Walter and pressures Christine into taking him home “on a trial basis”.

After Christine confronts Jones with physical discrepancies between “Walter” and her son, Jones arranges for a medical doctor to visit her. He tells Christine that “Walter” is shorter than before his disappearance because trauma has shrunk his spine, and that the man who took Walter had him circumcised. A newspaper prints a story that implies Christine is an unfit mother; Briegleb tells Christine it was planted by police to discredit her. Walter’s teacher and dentist give Christine signed letters confirming “Walter” is an impostor. Christine tells her story to the press; as a result, Jones sends her to Los Angeles County Hospital’s “psychopathic ward”. She befriends inmate Carol Dexter (Ryan), who tells Christine she is one of several women who were sent there for challenging police authority. Dr. Steele (O’Hare) deems Christine delusional and forces her to take mood-regulating pills. Steele says he will release Christine if she admits she was mistaken about “Walter”; she refuses.

On the day of the city council’s hearing into the case, Christine and Briegleb arrive at Los Angeles City Hall, where they encounter thousands of protesters who are demanding answers from the city. The hearing is intercut with scenes from Northcott’s trial. The council concludes that Jones and Davis should be removed from duty, and that extrajudicial internments by police must be reviewed. Northcott’s jury finds him guilty of murder and the judge sentences him to death by hanging. Two years later, Christine has not given up her search for Walter. Northcott sends her a message saying he is willing to admit to killing Walter on condition that Christine meets him before his execution. She visits Northcott, but he refuses to tell her if he killed her son. Northcott is executed the next day. In 1935, David Clay—one of the boys assumed to have been killed—is found alive. He reveals that one of the boys with whom he was imprisoned was Walter. David, Walter and another boy escaped, but were separated. David does not know whether Walter was recaptured, giving Christine hope he is alive.