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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.



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Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Askzede  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,725,330 (USA) (18 April 2008)


$62,877,175 (USA) (4 July 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the faux preview for "Animal Instincts", 'Kristen Bell''s partner is played by Jason Bateman. Bateman would later play Bell's husband in the movie Couples Retreat. See more »


When Peter is told he has to leave the first hotel room because Dakota Fanning needs it, he is laying in bed, and the blankets that cover him up switch from off to on to off again. See more »


Peter Bretter: How long have you been out here?
Surfing Instructor: I don't know, I quit wearing a watch when I moved out here
Peter Bretter: That is so cool
Surfing Instructor: My cell phone has a clock so I don't need it
Peter Bretter: Oh, so its basically the same thing
Peter Bretter: So how old are you?
Surfing Instructor: I don't really believe in age and numbers but if you had to put a number on it, I would say
Surfing Instructor: forty four, Fuck!
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Crazy Credits

Shortly after the end credits start, there is an advertisement for Sarah Marshall's new NBC crime drama, "Animal Instincts" in which her costar is Jason Bateman. See more »


Referenced in 22 Jump Street (2014) See more »


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Apatow's Crew Sets the Comedy Bar for Hollywood
27 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm going to be honest, walking into the advanced screening tonight I was expecting an overly chick flicky somewhat dull comedy. What I got instead was a pretty hilarious movie with just the right amount of romance and a whole lot of vulgar comedy also. I can honestly say this is the funniest movie of 2008 so far. The entire Judd Apatow crew has overall had about 4 or five great comedies in the last 3 years, putting them up with all the other great comedy film makers since 2005. This movie makes me feel like I can now trust any movie they make most the time. When this movie hits theatres in April, GO SEE IT. I promise you won't find a funnier movie out any time soon.

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