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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Puppets

Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach
3 August 2009

This has jokes that often work. It has a genuine pathos that is surprisingly rare and is now the trademark of Apatow productions.

It has Hawaii and two women, one pretty the other a beauty. It has a deftly comic foil in the "other boyfriend." It has some frontal male nudity that probably should be commended simply because its avoidance is ridiculous. Here, in fact, we have it twice and though it is meant to punch up those scenes, I found that it actually was dramatically integrated.

But because I am a narrative folding nut, I'll point out the three inner performance folds. The girlfriend is a TeeVee star on a show for which our hero writes music. Her inner role reflects on her outer one.

The other boyfriend is a British rock star, whose onstage persona is mirrored in his character in the film. And the thing ends with the hero's play within the play. In this case it is an extremely clever musical comedy derived from Dracula and performed by a mix of puppets, humans in costume and the participating puppetmasters. It is really quite wonderful by itself and after the story ends, it is clear how the whole project grew out of it. The integration of the idea of a love that "smothers" is brilliant.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Breaking up really IS hard to do...

Author: S.R. Dipaling from Topeka, Kansas, USA
9 October 2008

...and for Peter Bretter(Jason Segel,also the screenwriter),it proves to be something akin to a test of his spirit and willpower.

Much of the Judd Apatow stable of actors fills out the scenery and situations,the action mostly taking place on the scenic island of Oahu as the lonely,mopey hero of the film seems to be vainly trying to get over his ex of the title(Kristen Bell,tough to forget),a sexy but somewhat shallow and ultimately selfish TV actress and co-star of a CSI type drama. Of course,it only seems news to Peter that the tropical getaway he chooses to escape to was introduced to him BY the girl he's trying to forget,so his incidental bump-in(?!) with her,avec new boyfriend(Russell Brand,stealing this movie),a drippy,sleazy self-important British pop star. But just as his existential dilemma seems to be reaching critical bleakness,Peter trips into the lovely and mildly interested eyes of the pretty hotel desk clerk/concierge(Mila Kunis,completely 360 from her "That '70s Show" character).

As per any film from the Apatow company,there is more than plenty of indelicate relationship/sexual material. While the plot and character transformations take their own sweet time,it's still a mostly fun ride. Plenty of choice supporting players that include a truly repressed Christian newlywed couple(Jack McBrayer and Maira Thayer,fantastic!),a man-crushing Maitre-d(Jonah Hill making the best of a throwaway role)who aspires to be a star musician much like Brand's character,a bad-ass bartender,a low-key native party organizer and a surfer dude who's got permanent stupid(Paul Rudd in what is a hilarious somewhat inflated cameo).

NIcholas Stoller directs what could just as well be a "ghost directing" job for Mr.Apatow,as the wisecracks,naughty material and relationships seem to be grafted straight from such stuff as 40-year old Virgin or Knocked Up. A mildly painful watch for anyone who's been devastated by a break-up,this is still pleasantly raunchy, good-natured and not a waste of about two hours of time. Good fun!

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51 out of 101 people found the following review useful:

Surprisingly funny

9/10
Author: Jesse Olson from Canada
12 April 2008

To be completely honest, I went into this movie expecting to thoroughly trash it as soon as I walked out. I thought it was destined to be another cheesy rom-com with a predictable ending and terrible acting. I was wrong. Little did I know, this was another Judd Apatow produced comedy, and almost everything he's touched over the past three years has turned into pure gold, including "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Knocked Up" and "Superbad". "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is no exception.

Jason Segal of "How I Met your Mother" fame, stars as a lovable but lazy music composer for a CSI-esque television drama. After his famous girlfriend (Kristen Bell) dumps him, he decides to take a vacation to Hawaii to deal with it. Little does he know, that his ex-girlfriend is travelling to the same resort as him – with her new overly-flamboyant musician boyfriend in tow (Russell Brand.) Mila Kunis ("That 70's Show") plays a receptionist at the resort, and proves she can actually play a likable role. Kunis has great chemistry with Segal, and their budding relationship is surprisingly one of the highlights of the movie.

The script, which was also written by Segal, is consistently funny throughout, and really hones in on the hilarious one liners and awkward situational humor that seem to be the strength of most Apatow movies. Segal has definitely elevated himself into a solid comic lead. You can't help but feel bad for the guy as things gradually go from bad to worse for him. That said, Russell Brand, who plays eccentric musician Aldous Snow, steals every scene he's in. He plays a character in which the viewer is supposed to dislike, but it's virtually impossible. Everything he does, from his words, to his facial expressions, to his ridiculous body language, is hilarious.

Now I may only be high on this movie because I had exceptionally low expectations going in, but it's definitely a solid comedy from start to finish. With the exception of having to see Segal's junk at least six or seven times, it was a gem.

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Moderately amusing, decent romcom

6/10
Author: adamw25 from UK
22 December 2016

'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' was very popular when it was first released, and seems to remain a popular choice with TV networks. Until recently, I avoided it at all costs, thinking it would be exactly the sort of movie I hate.

After finally watching it, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with the odious and totally unfunny Russell Brand, it was adequately funny, an unexpected change for a romcom. There was plenty I didn't like though. There's a lot of crude humour in the film, and some of it just isn't funny. This film is the movie equivalent of a joke book. Some parts are amusing, others not so much.

Overall, 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' provides a few good laughs, but is rather hit and miss with its humour. A moderately amusing, but overrated comedy.

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Not as great as everyone says.....

7/10
Author: Davis P from United States
18 April 2016

Forgetting Sarah Marshall isn't like a 10/10, but it's not horrible. Kristen bell is pretty good and funny in her starring role as Sarah Marshall. Mila kunis is alright, this isn't like the best I've seen her in, but she sufficed. Paul Rudd was annoying, didn't like him at all here. Jason Segal is good, he nailed the comedy and even some more dramatic scenes, had both down. As far as Russell Brand goes, eh, I have mixed feelings about him in this movie, at times I was laughing, then in other times I was thinking oh dear god why is this happening right now. The script and the dialogue is funny sometimes, well most of the time, it's never really bad, just had its shining moments and it's alright moments. Now I did kinda take some issue with Jason's full frontal male nudity, it was meant to be comical, but I felt more uncomfortable then amused, especially since he isn't particularly all that physically attractive (sorry :/). So yah Forgetting Sarah Marshall gets a 7/10.

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The Apatow Rep Comedy delivers the goods for the most part.

7/10
Author: Gideon24 from United States
14 March 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Judd Apatow's position as producer probably had a lot to do with Forgetting Sarah Marshall being greenlighted, a fairly entertaining romantic comedy which provides fairly consistent giggles for most of its running time.

Jason Segel, who also wrote the screenplay, plays Peter Brettner, a musician who has just broken up with his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall(Kristen Bell), a television star, who is now involved with a rock musician (Russell Brand). In an attempt to forget about Sarah, Peter vacations in Hawaii, and in true romantic comedy fashion, Sarah and her new guy are vacationing there as well. We then watch poor Peter running into Sarah wherever he goes while taking the attention of an attractive hotel desk clerk (Mila Kunis) for granted.

Segel presents a very flawed and believable character in Peter, who is painted as this tortured sad sack while Sarah is painted as this cold-hearted bitch, which is not surprising since Segel did write the screenplay and if you're OK with that, you will probably be OK with everything that goes on here, even if it goes on a little too long, which is something I've come to expect from the Judd Apatow rep company.

Segel and Kunis make a nice couple and Russell Brand is very funny as Aldous Snow, the arrogant but not as dumb as he looks rock star. Segal has provided some funny moments along the way for Jonah Hill as a waiter obsessed with Brand, Bill Hader as Peter's stepbrother, Kristen Wiig as a yoga instructor and especially Paul Rudd as a perpetually stoned surfing instructor.

There are definitely some slow moments here and there, but Segel and company will hold your attention for most of the running time.

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very funny

7/10
Author: magnuslhad from Edinburgh, Scotland
3 February 2016

Jason Segel screenwrites a film where the protagonist gets to be naked and hug Kristen Bell and then Mila Kunis. And have a montage of sex scenes with various hot women. And then gets himself cast as the protagonist. You have to hand it to the guy - he isn't shy. But, in his defence, he can write. This is a funny, well-acted film that evokes great performances from the ensemble cast. Love him or hate him, Russell Brand riffs brilliantly off his own persona here. Mila Kunis is naturalistic and manages to inject range into her character, with sympathy, rage, pity and anger all brought to the fore at various points in a plausible display that never reaches. There is hardly a missed beat here; even minor characters such as the best friend's wife, only ever seen on a Skype screen, are either cute or laugh-out-loud funny. Good fun, and bears repeat viewing.

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Cinematic turd

1/10
Author: vitachiel from Netherlands
6 January 2016

This must be some badly worked out fantasy of a self-indulgent adolescent mind that doesn't know about the existence of any substantial things in this world. Having a rich daddy with some high level connections, it was fairly easy to make a film about his fantasy. No trouble to find some fame hungry Hollywood whores to help him realise his dream. No trouble at all to find a producer without regard for good taste and always willing to make a quick cheap buck. Thank God for that, because otherwise we would have missed this super smart and funny film about love, friendship, dedication and the true meaning of life. Oh, wait...

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Never Forget It.

9/10
Author: Python Hyena from Canada
21 May 2015

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008): Dir: Nicholas Stoller / Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, Mila Kunis, Bill Hader: Hilarious comedy about relationships gone bad. Jason Segel plays a composer for a T.V. crime show that his girlfriend stars in. After she dumps him he decides to seek refuge elsewhere but upon his venture to Hawaii he discovers that his ex is there with her boyfriend. While formula in structure director Nicholas Stoller allows viewers to see all sides of the equation as well as place viewers as observers. Segel plays off the depression with great comic payoff but ultimately finds new beginnings and a renewed pride. Kristen Bell plays his ex whom basks in fame and success but also in despair and personal illusion. Mila Kunis plays a resort receptionist whom Segel falls for. One could say that her role is more predictable in nature but Kunis brings honesty and integrity to it. Russell Brand plays Bell's naïve musician boyfriend who accepts Segel despite protest from Bell. Brand is not the typical hooligan boyfriend but rather a gullible but likable sort who learns after the errors of others because he repeats them. Bill Hader plays Segel's stepbrother who is critical of him, which adds further humour when focusing on Segel's downfalls. Very funny romantic comedy that many will relate too. Anyone who has struggled with a break-up will not forget Sarah Marshall. Score: 9 / 10

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Remember Aldos Snow

8/10
Author: slightlymad22 from United Kingdom
9 October 2014

Peter (Jason Segel) is a composer and a likable guy who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), the star of a TV show dumps him. To breaks his depression he flies to Hawaii, but Sarah and her new beau, Aldous Snow, a promiscuous perverse English rocker (A scene stealing Russell Brand) are staying at the same resort too.

This movie was my introduction to Jason Segel having never seen an episode of his TV show 'How I Met Your Mother' and now revisiting it years later, (having seen every episode of the show) I can still see why I liked his performance here even more.

Every actor here does a fine job, from the Impossibly gorgeous Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd to Kristen Bell and Jonah Hill. But it is Brand who steals the movie, he is simply hilarious. It is no wonder Aldos Snow got his own spin off movie 'Get Him To The Greek'

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