April 18, 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Studio: Universal Pictures Rating: R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Judd Apatow has been on a hot streak the past several months with hits on his resume like "Superbad" and "Knocked Up."
As a producer he's offering up his latest effort, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
Whenever Apatow is connected to a movie, you can guarantee it will be filled with pop culture riffs, jokes of questionable taste, a talented cast and more often than not, a heart at the center of a rough and tumble story.
That's exactly what you get in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) has been dating the beautiful star of a hit TV crime drama for several years. But there comes a day when Sarah (Kristen Bell) decides to end the relationship.
She dumps Peter in the movie's opening moments, coincidentally while he's stark naked.
Unable to move on, Peter takes a vacation trip to Hawaii, where wouldn't you know it, Sarah is also staying with her now rock star boyfriend, played to perfection by Russell Brand.
Even with the awkward situation of being in the same place with his ex, Peter refuses to leave resort. In fact, he winds up in the suite next door to Sarah and her new lover. More miserable than ever, a ray of light finally creeps into Peter's dark existence. He hits it off with the hotel concierge (Mila Kunis) and the two start seeing each other socially.
Now we have two couples at Turtle Bay who seem to keep running into each other. Sarah's discomfort rises as Peter spends more and more time with her.
Segel not only stars in this movie, he also wrote the script. And he's cranked out a funny one. Adding to the mix, many of Apatow's regular actors pop up in small roles, including Jonah Hill. He's a big fan of Sarah's rocker boyfriend and appears in a couple of amusing scenes.
In fact, the only problem I have with the movie is that someone needs to learn how to edit. Much like a Will Ferrell comedy, you CAN have too much of a good thing. Even scenes that are funny tend to go on just a little longer than they should. It's like director Nicholas Stoller can't bring himself to say "cut."
Despite that shortcoming, this is a good movie. At least the characters feel real. There are no good guys or villains. Just a man and women trying to move on from a relationship that just didn't work out.
On my rating scale, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" earns a Triple.
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