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It's no surprise that this film pretty much divides opinion between the
young and not-so-young (according to the user ratings) and, to a lesser
extent, between women and men. You'd expect it to be a chick flick
rom-com (if you forgot that Judd Apatow was involved) but, with its
irreverent gross-out comedy and stock of hot females, it's no wonder
that it appeals to young men.
Jason Segel stars as Peter, a musician who finds himself dumped by his TV star girlfriend. On the advice of his slightly nerdy friend, Peter decides to fly to Hawaii to forget her, but guess what? She's only there! At the same hotel! Who'd have thought it? Unfortunately, she's there with the man she dumped Peter for, a hairy rock star played by the witless Russell Brand. This being a product of La-La land, it's absolutely impossible for either party to consider changing hotels, so the hapless Peter runs into his ex and her new man everywhere he goes. Luckily for him there's a luscious receptionist on hand to help soothe his pain
The film's amiable enough, but it struggles to find many laughs in such a clichéd situation. Many scenes and situations seem to have been created for no apparent reason: a sub-plot involving a dorky pair of newlyweds goes nowhere and is abruptly dropped, leaving you to wonder why it was included in the first place; Pete's ex's TV programme is dropped while she's on holiday but, after a brief conversation, is also forgotten. Apparently the story is based on the writer's own break up from an actress, so maybe there's some kind of catharsis going on here, but that doesn't excuse a plot that is more merely a collection of incidents than a properly constructed narrative.
Jason Segel makes a likable leading man, although, like most of us, he looks immeasurably better in his clothes than out of them. He just about manages to get the audience on his side, even though his character would no doubt be something of a nightmare to live with and he would be lucky to maintain a meaningful relationship with a woman for five months let alone five years. Kristen Bell as his errant girlfriend looks yummy, but her character is poorly written. Is she a heartless cow, confused, or simply at the end of her tether? Whatever she is, the script treats her with something approaching contempt much of the time. Mila Kunis, as Segel's true love outshines Bell in every department (can she really be the voice of Meg in Family Guy?), but again her character lacks consistency. Russell Brand manages to be marginally less annoying then he normally is, which is probably the biggest compliment he'll ever receive from me.
This isn't a great film by any measure, but its popularity will probably prove enduring enough to ensure it's shown every other day on some second-tier satellite channel.
To be honest, I didn't think Forgetting Sarah Marshall was much better
or worse than The Heartbreak Kid. I think I laughed during the
pediatrician scene and one other part that I can't remember. The
characters are just a collection of stereotypes...and they are not even
up-to-date stereotypes! Surfers that have smoked themselves into a
stupor are way eighties, dudes. I think Paul Rudd, whom I like, knew
his character was just another variation of Spicoli and phones it in a
A weepy Emo rocker or even an angry white rapper would've been more contemporary than a sex-obsessed British rock star. You would have to go back decades to find a musical artist that even remotely resembles him. They even miss chances to poke fun at real-life personalities. Sarah Marshall could have been one of those boozy ingénues that flash their privates as they get out of limos.
Supporting characters are unnecessarily inserted into the story and eventually forgotten, but they don't even provide an excuse for a clever joke. There is a Christian couple on their honeymoon that are completely pointless and they lead to some of the worst gags in the movie. All you are left with is something that is going to potentially insult a large group of people and you didn't even get a single laugh out of it. Jonah Hill and his infatuation with the rock star goes nowhere and is not particularly funny. The other characters have become all-too-familiar in a romantic comedy. The too-good-to-be-true romantic interest. The henpecked husband and friend of the hero. Et cetera.
There was a stand-up comedian on the talk show circuit a few years back who would make a joke about how people will get tattoos of symbols in foreign languages that have no meaning, like the Japanese kanji for "water." They shoehorn the joke into the film by having it spoken by an airhead who is suddenly translating tattoos in other languages. Maybe Carlos Mencia contributed to the movie?
When Judd Apatow produced a good comedy show, "Freaks & Geeks," it was largely ignored by the public and was quickly canceled after one season. When he started appealing to the lowest common denominator, the same people were suddenly his biggest fans and praised him. You start to see why "That 70's Show" lasted 8 seasons and why "Two and a Half Men" is entering its sixth. Meanwhile, "Arrested Development" barely makes it to 3.
Almost every opportunity and set-up the movie has to do something clever, they take the easy and predictable route. I was actually surprised by how many of the jokes were just plain cheesy. The only thing you can say in defense of such a shallow movie is that it is comparatively better than Disaster Movie or Good Luck Chuck, but that should not impress anyone. You would almost have to be trying to make a worse comedy than those. It is like when people orgasm because gas prices fall a little, but they are still paying more than they should. People are becoming conditioned to bad comedy.
And, yes, there is a token ethnic guy.
The movie is absolutely hilarious. I loved it. It met and exceeded by (very high) expectations. Jason Segall proved he can hold down a leading role and an extremely funny script. Part of the reason this movie is so funny are the "funny 'cause it's true" aspects of Peter's method of dealing with his breakup. Although the honeymooner's plot was a little unnecessary, everything else was great. All the characters were really funny and the dialogue and situations were hilarious. Definitely worth paying for to see in the theaters and watching it with everyone else around you busting out laughing as well is a worthy experience too.
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I am very puzzled by this film and my reaction to it.
It's a comedy. Look, it says so on the DVD box. Lots of people say it's funny. And it's true that there was a bit I laughed at.
But generally speaking, a large part of the movie is devoted to telling the story of a man who is experiencing a great deal of difficulty in dealing with the destructive feelings he is suffering following the breakup of a relationship. Much of the way this is dealt with is actually very truthful and was not, to me, very funny.
But I did enjoy it quite a lot as a drama with humour. The four individuals forming the two couples are all well drawn characters: each has a ring of truth, with strengths and weaknesses, likable traits as well as negative elements. On that basis I recommend it.
But a comedy it ain't. Not in my book at any rate.
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Compared with the 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah
Marshall is both surprising and predictable. What's surprising is how a
comedy can be so haunting, for lack of a better word. Visually, this
movie is amazing, something that one would never expect from a comedy
based on so obvious a premise. The natural scenery and other worldly
beauty of the film's female stars give everything a fairy tale quality
in the strictest possible sense: seductive and irresistible, but at the
same time disturbing. This alone makes for the most effective break up
movie I've ever seen (face it, break up movies that don't draw us in
inevitably fail to convey the complexity of the situation, see High
What's predictable is how something so stimulating and potentially engaging suddenly deflates into an ending and moral that is neither thought-provoking nor, frankly, good. In fact, it's the ending from Problem Child 2! This should come as no surprise to people familiar with this team's other movies, where humor, wit, and insight inevitably give way to the depressing (unless you're a wholly uncritical person) assurance that the ideological balance has been restored and the unquestionably "good" guys have won. Only here, the Apatow ending is shamelessly tacked on to an amazing, and not simply good, movie, and attempts to overwrite the complexity that made the movie so good! What's more, it doesn't really make sense. Turns out the creative nerd is the good guy because in this world, the shameless objectification of attractive women is perfectly acceptable. Sarah turns out to be the wicked witch of the west because she got sick of her dull boyfriend, and is basically punished for being pretty?!?!
Fortunately, as I said, it is tacked on. I plan on re-watching this, only the second time around, I'm going to stop it after he gives Rachel the picture from the bar. That's the real ending to one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
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Having been involved in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, and now Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I think it's about time to call Judd Apatow the John Hughes of this generation. With a script by star Jason Segel and players like Jack McBrayer, Russell Brand, Apatow regulars Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, and leading ladies Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, Apatow has once again tapped into the public's taste for the raunchy and the romantic to a uniquely captivating effect. Seeing Segel's breakup with Bell while performing full-frontal was a bravely hilarious dare on his part. Seeing McBrayer's strained attempts at satisfying his newlywed other are some of plenty of other highlights for me. One of my favorite scenes comes near the end when we see the results of the "Dracula" puppet musical Segal's character created that looked entertaining enough for me to want to see in real life! The heart, laughs, and the painfully realistic depictions of relationships as enacted here provide a wonderful mix that makes this one of the most entertaining comedies I've seen at the movies so far this year. So with all that said, I highly recommend Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
For starters, sorry for my English but I am not a native but suffering by watching this movie made me to write a review. I have never seen such a boring film/story in my entire live. Don't want to blame the producers/director of the film they made their money I assume, but it was really awful, even the attempts to slapstick were horrible. All characters are empty jars, it is all quite predictable. Well, thats not unusual in a romantic comedy, but here it is just way too much. In the beginning there is shown the genitals of the main character 3 times - or maybe a dummy of them, and you are asking yourself: why the h... is that necessary? Is that supposed to be funny? The story dabbles on and on, he is left by her, he is a real lame duck, anyhow he manages to get a lot of quite beautiful women in his bed trying to forget his ex with sex - what never works out and what in the meantime is common knowledge to every hillbilly. Nothing will help, so he is going on vacation at a resort in Hawaii - and nice coincidence - accidentally his ex-girlfriend is in the same resort with her really dummy of a rock star-boyfriend and on and on ... horrible. Rather not necessary to say that he stays all the time a real sissy. Strongly recommended - not.
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This Apatow 2008 production is the first big Jason Segel film project,
who the f*** is Jason Segel? Well, if you're like me you just know him
for his role in Knocked Up as one of the gang of funny dudes. I guess
Seth Rogen could have been just about right here playing the main role
(the character that is "forgetting Sarah Marshall") but this is Segel's
film, he wrote it, he "took" Rogen's "place" and damn he had a great
time, I mean Kristen Bell and MILA KUNIS!
I really loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall and frankly I wasn't expecting anything less. Saying that Segel took Rogen's place can mean that here Segel's character, Peter Bretter, is the one with really funny friends, you know Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and Bill Hader are here but actually here is not like in the 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up since here there is not a group of friends, it's basically Peter alone going to Hawaii after hearing from his girlfriend of 5 years, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), that she found someone else. Peter is a musician, currently composing the music for the show in which Sarah stars, so basically and at first sight Peter is simply the victim of a TV star whore, yeah at first sight Sarah is nothing better than that. So we go to Hawaii with our main character, trying to change the bad time he was having in LA yet some few minutes in the Hawaiian hotel and we see Peter and Sarah face to face, Peter meets Sarah's new boyfriend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), Hawaii will be basically a crying all time type of vacation for Peter. However from the moment he realized that Sarah was also in Hawaii a woman have been acting really, really nice with him, a perfect woman (played by Kunis) and of course it will be just matter of time for you know, and while Peter and Rachel, Kunis' character certainly, start to hang out, have a good time together the relation of Sarah and Snow starts to go down. Was expected then now, and with the cancellation of the Sarah's show Crime Scene, things are not going to be fine for the, still for us, whore that leaved out main character and I say "still" because at this point when Sarah begins to miss Peter of course we are like, well before I write anything I better add that we find out, at the same time that Peter, that Snow slept with Sarah for a year, she cheated our character a whole year! So yeah, poor Peter but, and is a big but, then we hear Sarah and damn she speaks to Peter in a great way, he was just a f****** stupid and certainly for us was since always the victim. But of course the past is just the past and here our character will be act like an idiot again, now for some moments forgetting Rachel, he will ruin things, and that means it's time for Dracula, time for puppets!
Segel basically did whatever he wanted, we have him flashing, singing his Dracula songs, the results are hilarious. And back with the three supportive funny dudes, well Bill Hader, who plays Peter's stepbrother, is quite funny doing team with Liz Cackowski (and getting all f****** excited while singing the Dracula musical!), Paul Rudd delivers some good laughs but he is almost not worthy to mention, on the contrary Jonah Hill is, like always, being himself and delivering fantastic hilarious moments (also worthy to mention the fun with Jack McBrayer. Poor dude, now that's suffering, and later on enjoying, a honeymoon!). But really the characters of Rudd and Hill make a nice friendship with Peter (his real Hawaiian pals are two very funny big dudes. For one of them Peter is like Gandhi but even better! Isn't that friendship?), Rudd's is a surfer who suffers a bit of amnesia (drugs are bad, mmmkayy?) and Hill's character is basically in love with Aldous Snow (loved basically all the jokes with these two). And, for me, Russell Brand steals the film "I hate your music" "well, I f**** the housekeeper".
'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is another Judd Apatow produced comedy with a roundabout of the same humor. Better then '40-Year Old Virgin', worse than 'Superbad' this stars Jason Segel (surprisingly good) as a guy who's desperately heartbroken after a break-up and needs to refresh his whole life, and so he decides to go to Hawaii to seek out new interest. Now, I never go into a comedy with high hopes, because I always end up disappointed - luckily, with this I got myself a good laugh. It's standard procedure sure, and the film does lend heavily on the romantic button at several occasions, but still there's lots to laugh at when mentioned Segel, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill (and even Jason Bateman in a small role) go together on the screen. Now note that the two female characters of any importance, played out by Kristen Bell and the sweet Mila Kunis, does only provide positively for the issues regarding romance, and not for the issues regarding comedy or mildly affecting drama, note: mildly. 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' delivers breezy goods and never goes feverishly stupid, it's slight, light and fine fun.
As wild as that line is, it's hilarious when you hear it delivered in
this movie. It's one of number of memorable moments that you'll get
from watching this comedic gem.
Basically, the movie is about a fellow who gets dumped by his TV-actress girlfriend. When he goes to a Hawaiian resort to forget about her, he learns that that's where she and her new rock-star boyfriend are staying - and he keeps bumping into them!
It's a pretty standard-sounding storyline, but the movie has plenty of gags and engaging moments to keep one interested. The fast pace makes it easy to stay interested. The movie is a bit edgy - so keep that in mind (case in point: there are some extended scenes with full male nudity of the lead, Jason Segel).
All an all, this movie was very well done. Not only are there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments, but you'll get interested in the story as well. Definitely worth a watch if you're in the mood for a comedy.
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