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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*Spoiler/plot- 2008, Peter is a struggling musician who finds his world
upside down when his TV celebrity girlfriend Sarah Marshal dumps him
for a tragically hip rock star.
*Special Stars- Jason Segal, Kristen Bell, Mila Junis, Russell Brand
*Theme- Heartbreak can cause silliness and embarrassment.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Filmed in western Oahu at the new Disney resort. Rated R for language and male nudity.
*Emotion- An enjoyable and crazy relationship comedy from a famous crew of film comedians. This film has the usual cast of funny actors put into very humorous situations and scenes. -
The only this that can be said about this film is its down to the bone
funny. The story line isn't the best but thats not what this film is
about, its the constant jokes and punch lines that bring this film
together. If it wasn't for the great comedy this film would be
pointless and kind of stupid.
Nicholas Stoller has made a number of good films, but this one has got to be my favorite. This film also sparked a spin off called "Get Him to the Greek" which is another funny movie with some of the same cast. Russell Brand does a great job playing Aldous Snow, and the surf instructor is hilarious. This is a great film not for the faint hearted, if you have a good sense of humor I highly recommend this movie.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Apatow clan have made a name for themselves over the past decade or
so. Since first appearing on the big screen with THE 40-YEAR-OLD
VIRGIN, the clan has proved they can make more-than-the-usual gross-out
movie and populate it with realistic, well-rounded characters. The
plots for most, if not all, their movies involve characters (normally
slacker types) who drink, get high, date, and all-too-easily wind up
making mistakes that have consequences. And while the humor tends
toward the gross-out, the clan likes to portray the human body and it's
functions in a matter-of-fact way.
Anyway, on to FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. For anyone who's ever had someone break up with them, only to subsequently see them everywhere, here's a film for you. Personally I know, I've been there. Peter (played by the always quirky Jason Segal) has been dating Sarah Marshall, a famous TV star, that is of course until she surprises him one afternoon and breaks up with him. Peter is devastated and forlorn. So, on the advice from his half-brother (played by the equally quirky Bill Hader) Peter takes a vacation. Bound for Hawaii. Unfortunately, Sarah (Kristen Bell) is also vacationing there with her new boyfriend, a controversial rock star played by Russell Brand. Caught in the middle of all this is Rachel (Mila Kunis) who likes Peter and may be the one to help him rebound from the heartbreak. And that's the main story in a nutshell. There are so many funny and poignant little moments that I wouldn't think of revealing any. A movie like this is meant to be savored. Speaking personally, I also liked the sub-story involving the newlyweds. Their story alone could make for an interesting film. Granted, there's some very graphic nudity and a lot of sexual content, but deal with it! Because for once here's a break-up movie with something to say.
Yet another Apatow produced movie about a schlub who is inexplicably
able to attract women way too hot for him. (These movies always make me
wonder about the lives of screenwriters; does the access to Hollywood
starlets convince them that getting women is easy, or if they are
simply writing the world they want.) And like most of the movies from
the Apatow factory, this one is pretty funny.
The plot is very simple, with a guy getting dumped, brooding then going on vacation where he has the misfortune to run into his ex. There is the predictable new love interest, the funny new beau of the ex, and the usual confusion displayed by people who were once in love.
While the movie doesn't exactly explore new territory, it is quite funny. There are many amusing offbeat characters and silly gags. But what makes this work is that the movie genuinely cares about its characters, and even shows a little interest in their emotional underpinnings.
It's still pure guy wish-fulfillment, and total nonsense, but it is also funny and likable. Just a warning to schlubs everywhere: you're not going to have this life.
Jason Segel writes and stars in a comedy that involves breakup and vacation of separation. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" tells the story of Jason Segel, a song composer for a television series, starring his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, portrayed by Kristen Bell. After hearing the big "break-up" from Sarah, Segel tries to go on a Hawaain vacation to get his mind off of things, when running into Sarah, whose now dating an international superstar named Aldous Snow, portrayed by Russell Brand. But then, after meeting Mila Kunis as a Hawaain hotel manager, he finally realizes that he must decide whether to get Sarah back, or to end up with the other girl. Now, I must admit that every single moment in the film, I almost lost my voice laughing, because of the hilarious performances provided by Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and Russell Brand, and the hilarious writing provided for the film was sometimes raunchy, but extremely well-written. Many moments that included fresh cereal, a surfing accident, a Dracula play with puppets, and even Russell Brand's complete craziness made me laugh a lot. But honestly, this felt like a movie about things we all go through in life which involves depressing love, which follows into a new love. But they take this dramatic lesson, and turns it into an enormous laugh of a movie. Let's just say Nicholas Stoller, Jason Segel, and Judd Apatow knows how to make good comedies. This movie was freaking awesome and freaking hilarious all at the same time, and was truly loving at times. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", in my review, "Hilariously written, and deserves all the laughs".
The movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a sleeper in a class of many
great romantic comedies. As a film the movie flowed well, and had a
seemingly flawless view of the life and struggles of the main
character. Whether it be a comedic flashback or a small gesture you
barely catch, Forgetting Sarah Marshall has a humorous moment for
everyone. I can promise that even if you are not a fan of Judd Apatow
this film will make you laugh, and you will forever remember parts of
this film. I personally am not a huge Apatow fan myself, however this
film was intriguing to me at first because of the actor Jason Segal.
You may recognize Segal from the hit comedy show How I Met Your Mother
as the character Marshall Erickson. I knew prior to seeing this film
that Segal was a funny man, and he seemed like a good enough actor to
star in a movie. So this got me to the theater.
Segal's performance in the movie was stellar, and as a fan of his acting prior to the film, this just backed up my beliefs of his skills. His acting led to the viewer wanting to know more about this character, and the struggles he now faces. He makes you feel his heart ache and sorrow, and does a good job of making you somehow relate to this man. As a viewer he immediately grabbed your attention with his goofiness, and from the first five minutes on you view him as almost a friend. Segal brought the best acting to the table in the movie, but he was backed up by a surprisingly strong cast. Not only was the cast newer to film at the time, but most of the names were a pleasant surprise to me as a viewer, and now if I see them in other movies I immediately connect them to this film. I enjoyed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and if you are a fan of goofy, R-rated, Romantic Comedies then this movie is a perfect fit. See It! This movie also led to somewhat of a sequel in the movie "Get Him To The Greek".
Jason Segel is trying to forget his girlfriend who breaks up with him
at the very beginning of the flick and forgetting her is what he
actually endeavours in the entire movie. Although it isn't as easy as
it seems. Every time he tries to get away from her he deliberately ends
up getting close to her.
The movie is a comedy and of course a romantic one with a great star cast (most of them are my favourites). Who doesn't love Russell Brand and wait he shows up as Aldous Snow the psychotic singer who is the current boyfriend of Kristen Bell. Mila Kunis is a receptionist at Hawaii where Jason Segel goes to mend his broken heart and ends up finding his girlfriend with Aldous Snow, (although I'm pretty sure that was an intentional attempt too). Mila Kunis aids him at the time of need which grabs the attention of Jason who finds her attractive and caring. She dates him (so he says) and starts liking her although he isn't able to move on as Sarah shows up every now and then. This however causes some tension between Mila and Jason which leaves a miffed Mila eventually. Now it is the job of Jason to move on, stop thinking about his ex and make matters straight with Mila Kunis who is in deeply in love with him.
The movie has some great characters like Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd etc. who added flavour to the comedy.
I personally like Jason Segel for his acting and he happens to be one of my favourite actors for the character Marshall Eriksen the one he plays in 'How I met your mother'. I have seen him act in a couple of movies and I must say I am pretty impressed with his comedy. Writing such a wonderful story was in itself a bravado.
Forgetting Sarah Marshal wouldn't disappoint you at all. It is a real good movie and you wouldn't stop laughing as the entire movie rolls on with fun written in every clip.
I've seen a bunch of comedy films produced by Judd Apatow, and haven't
been impressed with all of them, but have found most of them funny.
Before watching "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", I knew it was another
production from him, and also knew that Russell Brand was in it. I had
never seen him in any movies before, but first heard of him a while
ago, hearing about his friendship with Noel Gallagher, who was then
still in Oasis. Brand has become very famous in recent years, getting
lots of media attention, but is also a very polarizing comedian. Many
hate him with a passion, and you might hate me for saying this, but
before seeing this film, videos I had seen of him online had convinced
me that he was a talented guy! Anyway, I was expecting lots of laughs
from this particular Apatow Productions effort, and I definitely got
Peter Bretter is a composer in Los Angeles who has been in a relationship with actress Sarah Marshall for the past five years. She stars in a TV show called "Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime", for which Peter writes the musical score. However, after five years together, Sarah suddenly announces that she is breaking up with Peter, as she is now in love with somebody else. The composer is devastated by his loss, and finds that one-night stands don't help him get over it, so he decides to go on vacation in Hawaii. He arrives at a Hawaiian resort hotel to ask for a room, but as luck would have it, he quickly discovers that Sarah and her current boyfriend, Aldous Snow, the lead singer of a rock band called Infant Sorrow, are also currently guests at this resort! Due to this inconvenience, it doesn't look like this trip is going to help Peter at all. During his stay in Hawaii, things do begin to look good for him as he falls in love with hotel receptionist Rachel Jansen, but the struggling composer might still have feelings for Sarah.
This R-rated romantic comedy begins by showing us Peter as he is happy at home, just before Sarah comes in and tells him the bad news. I didn't laugh much at this point until I saw the video for Infant Sorrow's "We've Got to Do Something" come on to Peter's TV. After this, it is memorably funny when Peter learns that his relationship with Sarah is over and we see his reaction to this. Many laughs quickly follow as we see the protagonist's struggles after this breakup and before he goes on the trip, which definitely includes the part where he destroys a screen when he sees Sarah's face on it! The funny gags keep coming during Peter's vacation trip, with his frequent encounters with Sarah and Aldous, his computer conversations with stepbrother Brian, some of the people he meets in Hawaii (such as Chuck, a surfing instructor whose beginning instructions are very hard to follow), a bunch of sex scenes and lots of sex talk, etc. The laughs aren't as consistent as I could have hoped, as there are some weaker parts, but there are still lots of comic highlights and well crafted characters. Jason Segel puts on a satisfying comedic performance in the lead role of Peter Bretter, and most of the other cast members are steady as well, including Russell Brand as Aldous Snow, who is funny in a number of scenes, one of them being the part where he helps the Darald Braden character with his sex life. In addition to the humour and characters, it also helps that this film also features some beautiful Hawaiian scenery.
Since this 2008 release is from Apatow Productions, it's unsurprisingly a very crude comedy. The swearing, sexuality, and nudity are the reasons for the film's R rating, and with all these elements, it's obviously not for the kids, but just like any extremely raunchy comedy, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" can also disgust many adults and make them think that anyone who actually thinks it's funny must be out of their mind! However, if you can take all the raunchiness and you tend to like these modern-day R-rated comedies, including the ones Judd Apatow produces, plus you're not one of the many who hate Russell Brand, who doesn't play the starring role here but still has a lot of scenes for this breakthrough performance of his, you just might get a lot of laughs out of this movie, just like I did. As much as I'm sure MANY would disagree, I do think this particular Apatow Productions piece is much better than "Superbad", a more popular comedy from the same producer, but one which I just couldn't understand the reputation of!
This movie is one of my favourite comedies, of its type. I have watched
it more than a few times now, and it never gets old. The characters
have great depth and are thought through, which can become uncommon in
comedies. It's funny from the very start, and is the perfect
combination of comedy and love.
'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is basically the tale of a melancholy man who's famous partner, Sarah Marshall, breaks up with him, and by complete chance, they end up going on breaks to the same resort in Hawaii. This provides a brilliant setting for all sorts of funny events.
The soundtrack is wonderful, it is worth mentioning. You'll find yourself searching for some of the songs online after watching just to hear them again.
Overall, I would say this is a brilliant feel-good comedy. The sun of Hawaii and the very funny characters will more than brighten up your day.
This is a very funny film, as noted, extremely well-acted and written.
I do wish that Hollywood had a broader net for comedic incubation but
that said, many of the films which Judd Apatow is involved in are very
funny. I enjoyed "The 40 Year Old Virgin" though I found "Knocked Up"
to be a bit harsh on women. I found "Pineapple Express" loopier but
"Superbad" overly reliant on bad language. Apatow did not direct all
those films but has had an influence on all of them. This film I really
enjoyed. It is written by Jason Segel who also stars in the film. Segel
has a great sense for how people act and interact and his dialogue
bears this out. There is some great acting from Mila Kunis as a
helpful, thoughtful hotel staffer. Jack McBrayer and Maria Thayer are
truly hilarious as repressed newlyweds, Kristen Wiig is very funny as a
passive-aggressive yoga instructor, Paul Rudd is almost unrecognizable
as something like a human "Nemo", and Da'Vone McDonald is very funny as
an opinionated and helpful staffer at the hotel.
Among the leads, Jason Segel is fantastic as a sad-sack TV show music composer whose life becomes very complicated when the TV star who he breaks up with (Kristen Bell), is at the resort where he is trying to escape from her. Segel communicates a great deal of humanity and seems very likable which makes us more sympathetic to his plight. Russell Brand absolutely steals every scene he is in as an over-sexed but not very talented music star. The songs which Segel wrote for Brand are hilarious and Brand absolutely steals the film with his full-throated depiction of his inane, over-the-top music star.
The writing and direction are very good and the performances, as noted, are wonderful. There is lots of profanity and quite a bit of male nudity which is quite funny in and of itself. At times it seems a little forced but only a bit and it doesn't distract from the essence of the film. This truly is a fantastically written film. Segel could have quite a career as a writer. I have to admit I found Jonah Hill quite annoying. I generally find him annoying and his "I'm overweight and a nerd" schtick has worn thin and never more in this film. I thought it was funny how friendly hotel staff was, but these are tiny reservations. I highly recommend this hilarious film.
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