Movie Mind Says:  Rent It

If You Like This You Should Watch:  The Break-Up, Slackers
Better Than:  The Heartbreak Kid, Good Luck Chuck
Worse Than:  Knocked Up, Wedding Crashers

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Bill Hader

There’s no sound from a crowd more discernable than the collective groan of men when full frontal male-nudity graces the screen. As if it’s not bad enough to subject us to it once, we were tortured to the tune of multiple manhood viewings which did nothing to further the cause of why women should find us attractive. 

Nonetheless, Forgetting Sarah Marshall trudged on and compounded on the early Dirk Diggler-esque scene with more of the recycled sex & pot jokes you’d expect from “the guys who brought you The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.”

Forgetting Sarah Marshall trails struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) as he is dumped by his famous girlfriend (Kristen Bell) for a weirdo-rock-star from London. Russell Brand plays Bell’s new beau and he stands out beyond the rest. His true talent shines as he overcomes the dull role he was dealt and leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to see him in another comedy where he has a chance to work with more than boring, predictable dialogue.

After Peter is dumped, he decides to vacation to Hawaii to a place that he and Sarah had talked about going. I guess we are supposed to be surprised when he bumps into her and the new boy-toy at the same place. What happens next can be summed-up in any romantic comedy plotline: guy gets dumped…guy finds new, better looking girl to make old girl jealous…old girl realizes she made horrible mistake and wants to come back…new guy almost screws things up with new better girl…[insert ending]. If that seems like a story you have heard before, well, you have…a number of times.

Before I put you into a tailspin about how lame and predictable this movie was, let me just say that there are some hilarious parts. I caught myself laughing out loud more than once (like when Peter performs his Dracula theatrical). The problem I have is that there are too many movies that have funny parts but don’t carry the story enough to keep us invested. I don’t think the comedy here was good enough to overcome the lack of interesting story, which is why they felt the need to shock us with a bunch of dudity (dude-nudity) and a plethora of sex & drug jokes. Hey, I am not above that humor in the least bit, but I’d rather watch Super Troopers or Swingers if that’s all there is. I’m sure you can go read plenty of criti-quacks who will tell you how brilliantly written this movie was, and how “deep” the characters were. If that’s what you need to make yourself feel better than there’s nothing that can be done for you here. The story was shallow and the acting was ok…just like the plethora of others that this film mimics.

I’m not all sour on this film, but I would say that my basement of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Judd Apatow has been flooded and needs to be pumped out. I get the feeling that this crew is beginning to go the route of Will Ferrell by pummeling us with recycled joke after recycled joke. It should be a lesson to those who are “the next big thing” in Hollywood…most of the time small doses are better. Remember the Seinfeld episode where George perfects “leaving the room on a high note”. As George can attest to, it doesn’t take much to go from the funniest dude in the gang to the most annoying. Just ask “Stonah” Hill how easy it is…and he didn’t even start out being anywhere close to the funniest.
Submitted 4-28-08

Interesting Cameo Appearance:  The actor formally known as Billy Baldwin (Backdraft, Celebrity Apprentice-no, that wasn’t him…Celebrity Rehab-no wait, not him either…what has he done since Backdraft again?) as a TV-show detective spoof on CSI (yes that’s right…he played a guy on a fake TV show within a movie).

Memorable Quotes:
Matthew:
I have a question for you real quick. What did you think of my demo? Did you get it?
Aldous Snow: I was gonna listen to that, but then, um, I just carried on living my life.

Kemo: Are those sad tissues or happy tissues?

Surfing Instructor: If you get bitten by a shark, you’re not just gonna give up surfing, are you?
Peter Bretter: …yeah, probably

Peter Bretter: Oh, if they were Sean Jean sweatpants it would be no problem, but because they were Costco brand, it’s the worst thing I could do.

Peter Bretter: How are things going with the lady?
Darald: Not awesome. She’s complicated, like the Da Vinci Code, except harder to crack.

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