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Serving Sara (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 23 August 2002 (USA)
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A process server tries to serve an elusive female target.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Derek Southers ...
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A process server, Joe Tyler (played by Matthew Perry) is given the task of serving divorce papers on Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley), the wife of of a wealthy Texas businessman. To do so he needs to contend with her attempts at evasion and the attempts of a colleague to undermine him. Written by grantss

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The One Thing That Could Bring Them Together Is Revenge.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flipping the Mark  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,758,236 (USA) (23 August 2002)


$16,930,185 (USA) (27 November 2002)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the locations featured in the movie are actual locations found in Dallas Texas (e.g., the Texas Club, Reunion Arena, Dallas City Hall.) However, the stainless steel building of the "Moore Company" in the movie is actually the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank (K-11) which is located in the cultural district of Dallas. See more »


When Kate allows Joe into the house to use the bathroom, we hear her say "I'll show you where it is," but her lips aren't moving; she's just smiling as she closes the door. See more »


[to a kid on a bus]
Joe Tyler: Hey, mind your own business pork chops.
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References Dogma (1999) See more »


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Written and Performed by Eddie "Gypsy" Stokes
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11 May 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of those comedies your mother brings home thinking it

might be "cute funny"; you know: no boobies, not much swearing,

little to no violence, and written in a way that everyone gets the

jokes.................and she'd be right.

Matthew Perry does his best NOT to be Chandler Bing in his role

as cynical process server Joe Tyler, and walks a fine line between

success and reliance on his old character traits. He swears, lies,

doesn't shave and wears a leather jacket, but every now and again

slips back into a motion or facial expression that is the essence of

Chandler Bing. Oh well, he's still the best performer in the film.

Liz Hurley, as a supposedly devoted wife, oblivious to her

husband's extramarital affair and suddenly served with divorce

papers, shows all of the emotion of canned tuna. Let's face it, she

is merely 'eye-candy' in the picture. And Cedric The Entertainer is

appallingly one-dimensional and insipid in his role as Tyler's boss

(he delivers lines like an urban Henny Youngman, for pete's


The real problems here are dialogue and comic timing though.

Every line (especially those given to/ by Perry) come across as so

completely scripted and placed within the conversations that all

the comedy of the actual words seem forced, and resultingly not

humourous at all. The dialogue also suffers from both not wanting

to step on the other characters lines, and in needing to spoon-feed

the storyline so completely to the viewer (which makes one feel

about 3 years old by movie's end). Then there is the 'tear-jerking'

story behind why Tyler does this for a living, and the horribly forced

romance between Perry and Hurley's characters to add to the

growing miasma of distaste in your mouth.

I never laughed once. My family chuckled here and there. And in

the end, as the credits rolled, my mother chimed in, "That was

pretty good." Our home theatre remained silent in response.

5/10. Not terrible, but nothing I'd watch again or recommend in

good conscience.

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