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

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18 April 2008 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

During the montage of Peter (Segel) and Sarah (Bell) on the different red carpets, one of the photographers shouts "André the Giant, out of the shot please!" In the 2009 film I Love You, Man (2009) Segel's character quotes André the Giant's line from The Princess Bride (1987) - "Anybody want a peanut?". To Paul Rudd's character. In an episode of Saturday Night Live Segel even imitates André the Giant completely in the segment 'Andre the Giant Chooses An Ice Cream Flavor.' See more »

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When Peter is checking into the luxury hotel and standing behind the newlyweds, the bride's arm alternates between being wrapped around her husband's waist and around his neck, cupping his ear. See more »

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Surfing Instructor: Aloha, man. My name's Koonu.
Peter Bretter: I know, we met duing the surf lesson!
Surfing Instructor: Oh right, you're that guy who works for Kaiser Permanente!
Peter Bretter: No, I'm Peter! We had a really nice talk out on the water!
Surfing Instructor: Oh.
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Surfing Instructor: Coooool.
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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 »

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Referenced in Conan: The Equinox Equinox (2010) See more »

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A miraculous movie!
16 January 2009 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

I normally do not go out for sappy, romantic roller coaster romantic fare; and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (FSM) pretty much falls under the romantic "date flick" rubric.

And I can't, for the life of me, quite figure out why I liked this so much. I guess the filmmakers succeed in making the welter of comic bits, scenes, and images come across like genuine romantic sweet chaos. How they succeeded is beyond my comprehension.

And maybe that's the point. Some films are good, some are bad, and some are sort of like miracles. Their power is inexplicable; and that's how FSM felt to me.

It was boffo, a bit over-the-top, a tad muddled, a mix of character study, revelation, and farce. And, as things unfolded, by dint of pacing and sheer comic/character acting power, I came to really care about the characters; and I loved it! I glowed through most of FSM.

Here's a way of looking at it: FSM was sort of like Shakespearean romantic farce. Maybe that explains why I liked it; because my mind already has a little engine for processing this kind of narrative stuff, built up from past experiences watching Shakespeare In The Park!

It also comes down to artistic sincerity. Most romance flicks are a little insulting because they're not sincere. There was something, in the end, believable and therefore redeeming about the characters and their silly little Hawaiian comedy of errors and feints.

And that's a miracle, in my book! This is not an ordinary date flick.


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