Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
When Sarah Marshall dumps aspiring musician Peter Bretter for rock star Aldous Snow, Peter's world comes crashing down. His best friend suggests that Peter should get away from everything and to fly off to Hawaii to escape all his problems. After arriving in Hawaii and meeting the beautiful Rachel Jansen, Peter is shocked to see not only Aldous Snow in Hawaii, but also Sarah Marshall.
not horrible nor great
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
It's easily one of the freshest, sharpest and most enjoyable films of this year.
The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
It's too long, too vulgar (even when edited for television) and not funny enough for my tastes. The Dracula musical is the highlight of the movie. I like Jason Segel. I like Kristen Bell. I like Mila Kunis. However, this movie just doesn't work for me.
Top notch hilarious screenplay, relatable characters, layered story, and a gorgeous tropical backdrop. Once every 4-5 years Hollywood makes a comedy that is thouroughly enjoyable upon the first viewing and actually becomes more enjoyable with every viewing. Rather than giving an overview of the plot as I'm sure there are many other reviews for that, I'll discuss why I believe Forgetting Sarah Marshall deserves to be considered a classic Hollywood comedy. The first strength of FSM is in the character depth, complexity, and rawness. Jason Segel Portrays a deeply depressed and conflicted man who believes his recent break up (he was dumped) is the reason for his depression, but as the movie progresses, it becomes clear he was already unhappy in the relationship. As fate would have it the ex lovers end up at the same vacation resort and the story unfolds from there. The movie is FULL of top notch comedic character actors playing in supporting roles. Highlights include Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, and my personal favorite Jack McBrayer. Kristin Bell is solid and Mila Kunis is glowing in her role as the beautiful new potential romantic partner. The casting of Russell Brand as the aloof Brit Rocker is simply stellar. The Hawaiin location adds amazing flavor and culture to the backdrop of the film, bringing in some great locals to tie the scenery and story together. As the film progresses, every actor gets a chance to shine. There are a countless number of classic one liners in the film. A raw and hilarious beginning, tons of hilarious situations, and a satisfying ending make for a classic comedy worth watching again and again.
It took me years to 'sneak' up on this film. I am not a fan of Judd Apatow films, and that is what kept me away from this one. But I found it by coincidence on cable TV and it was not as bad as I thought it would be.Jason Segel as Peter Bretter does make the film. It is the story of a musician who scores the mood soundtrack for the show his 5-year girlfriend, Sarah Marshall stars in. Kristin Bell does a wonderful job as Sarah, who isn't as 'wonderful' as she appears. She is a real piece of work. She dumps longtime steady Peter for a current popular rock musician Aldous Snow, played by Russell Brand, who she had been seeing for quite some time. Peter has a rough time with the break-up and to try to forget, he ends up in Hawaii where Sarah and Aldous are also 'vacationing'.The film has some neat funny moments overall, especially with the all supporting cast members like of Bill Hader as the stepbrother, and I even liked Johna Hill's little bits in the film as the die-hard fan of Aldous Snow. But the work of Mila Kunis as Rachel, the Hotel customer-service rep, glues the situations that occur together. I also did like Russell Brand as the famous-rock musician as every time I watch it, it's a natural role for him not unlike who he might be in such a situation. Aldous Snow is so fair, so even-keeled in his portrayal, it's sickening and Russel has it down-pat. Sarah, on the other hand, is a not--for both men in her atmosphere so that when what happens to her happens, it's a wonderful payback moment of the film.What I could have done without was the bed scenes of the newly married couple played by Maria Thayer and Jack MacBrayer--even though I like both of the actors. I just saw little need for those scenes but really enjoyed Jack talking about it more than seeing it, as those scenes were much more funnier.This came out to be better than I expected, kinda falls a bit towards the end with the Peter-Sarah-Rachel triangle summary. I find this better to see uncut rather than on regular TV, and the funny moments with some serious ones made me overlook some of the parts I thought dragged it down a bit.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is hands down one of the best movies I have seen in my lifetime that some may consider short, but to me feels never ending, but i digress. Jason Segell's character is extremely likable, particularly after his hilarious yet heart wrenching nude break up scene. It really feels like the viewer them self grows with Peter as the plot develops. Mila Kunis is a mega babe as well don't even get me started. I literally have no issues with this film I absolutely loved it. Definitely would not recommend watching this movie with your kids or your mother-in-law though! Some humor may be a tad crude for some people's tastes, but other than that this film is a must watch for any fan of romantic comedies.