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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Bretter
... Sarah Marshall
... Rachel Jansen
... Aldous Snow
... Brian Bretter
... Liz Bretter
... Wyoma
... Darald
... Kemo
... Dwayne the Bartender
... Dr. Rosenbaum
... Matthew the Waiter
... Chuck
... Greg
... Helpful Hawaiian Waiter
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,725,330, 20 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,172,463

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,173,115
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Trivia

The second time Paul Rudd and Kristen Bell are in the same project. Rudd appeared in an episode of the third season of Bell's show Veronica Mars. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Peter and Rachel are talking on the cliff, Rachel's shots are shot during a sunny day, while Peter's are when it is overcast. During the shots of Rachel talking, you can see direct sunlight on Peter's left shoulder. During shots of Peter talking, the sky is overcast, and there is no direct sunlight. See more »

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Surfing Instructor: [singing to himself] # Oh the weather outside is weather... #
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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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'Ulili A
Written by George Keahi, Harry Naope
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (as Israel 'Iz' Kakakawiwo'ole
Courtesy of Mountain Apple Company Hawaii
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A miraculous movie!
16 January 2009 | by 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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