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  • Sep 15, 2009
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Each time a movie comes out by the guys of the Judd Apatow gang we're immediately bombarded by reminders that Apatow is behind such films as The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.  In 2008 there were two films in particular that came around.  In the late end of the year was Pineapple Express.  That's the one everyone saw.  In February 2008 however, Forgetting Sarah Marshall hit the theaters.  It wasn't directed by Apatow, he sat on board as a producer.  But of all the movies the gang has done, Forgetting Sarah Marshall may be among the best.  It still suffers from many of the same old Apatow problems but also keeps a lot of the strengths flowing as well.  For the most part the gang manages to keep heartfelt themes going in spite of what may be happening within the characters lives.

Jason Segal wrote and stars in this film about a man named Peter Bretter.  He's dating the hot and talented actress, Sarah Marshall (Kirsten Bell).  He also happens to compose the music for her television series.  And his life seems absolutely perfect until Sarah comes home one day and breaks up with him.  Peter is devastated by this.  He tries dating and it doesn't work... and he spends a lot of time crying.  And he spends a lot of time sulking over it.  Finally, his brother in law Brian (Bill Hader) suggests that he take a vacation.  So Peter does.  He goes to Hawaii.  And against all odds, it appear sthat Sarah is vacationing there to.  And she's with her new boyfriend Alduous Snow (Russell Brand).  Things seem pretty bad at first, until Peter begins to start up a blossoming romance with Rachel Jensen (Mila Kunis).  And through this romance Peter is able to start moving on, in spite of having a hard time doing so. 

Just as you might expect, the movie is filled with lots of crude humor and dialog.  That's part of what Judd Apatow is known for.  It's no different here.  If tons of F-bombs and sexual humor offends you... Forgetting Sarah Marshall is not for you.  There's a lot of it and it's just as rude and crude as can be.  But if you're okay with this, you'll realize that much of the dialog is quite witty and snappy in its own way.  Some of the best lines are uttered by Russell Brand as he plays the overly egotistical and sexually suggestive Alduous Snow.  There are also other members of the Apatow gang that show up.  Bill Hader makes an appearance and so does Jonah Hill.  Neither of these characters is really all that memorable in and of themselves, but at least they help to add just a little bit to the story.  What makes Forgetting Sarah Marshall fun, though isn't just that the dialog is pretty snappy and clever, but also that the story is pretty heartfelt.  In spite of it's crude humor (which really is hilarious) this is by far one of the better story driven films from the Apatow gang.  As a result it isn't quite as funny as films like say... Superbad, but it has a far better story.  And the characters are likeable in their own way.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall still suffers from many of the same old problems as many of Apatow's produced films.  The first being that it's just too long and the second being why.  The Apatow movies have a reputation for being a little too long because there are moments where they just couldn't leave them on the cutting room floor.  You get a couple of funny lines that are thrown in there... but they are there for the sake of making the film longer rather than for the sake of anything else.  Some moments are funny such as the moment with the laptop, but at times there's this question as to whether or not such scenes are needed.  Forgetting Sarah Marshall doesn't suffer from this problem quite as badly as other Apatow films such as Knocked Up or Superbad, but it still persists.  But it's still great to see that Apatow and his group of directors, writers and actors are still willing to bring out story in the midst of their comedy.  It brings comedy to a level that most people think comedy shouldn't go in the first place.  It's rather nice to see films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  There's nothing wrong with a comedy reaching to be something a bit more.  That's what many of Apatow's films do.  While some do not like the crude humor it is nice to see there's still story and good situations at hand.  And most of them are quite simple situations. 

If you are a fan of these kinds of movies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of the best ones out there.  It has a good story and good characters.  While it can be pretty lengthy it's still rather fun.

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January 12, 2010
Enjoyed this one. Kunis was great but Kirsten Bell was just so hot! That rock star was hilarious! nice job with the analysis.
 
September 17, 2009
Agreed - the best Apatow production, and one of the best comedies of the last several years.
 
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review by . January 22, 2011
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a rare breed of comedy. It's a romantic-ish comedy that will please women and not make men cringe in fear if their girlfriend or general significant other asks them to see it, plus they don't have to be afraid to ask to see it because it will please women too. It's signature Apatow and Co. It has raunchy sex comedy, but its also heartfelt and you feel genuinely sorry for our protagonist. I was uproariously laughing from start to finish, but Forgetting Sarah …
review by . August 26, 2010
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of those films you approach with low expectations. Despite an intriguing cast -- I've enjoyed both Kristen Bell and Jason Segel on TV -- it just didn't look much different from the constant flood of romantic comedies that threaten to overwhelm the cineplex with a tropical tsunami of blandness. Forget that. It's hilarious. And quirky. SO quirky. We can lay the credit for the film's quirkiness to Segel, who wrote the movie before starring in it. …
review by . July 20, 2010
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a favorite of mine. It's a movie I can pop into the DVD player and watch multiple times during a month. The humor in this movie is different from the newer comedies. I feel as if newer comedies now days are down right stupid. Anchorman, 40-year old virgin, etc. I don't like stupidity and I don't think it's funny. But Forgetting Sarah Marshall is actually funny. The dialog isn't just a stupid word and everyone thinks its hilarious. It catches …
review by . July 13, 2010
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This was a very funny movie with a couple of gorgeous ladies for eye candy. Mila Kunis is very loveable as the laid back/crazy island chick that tries to help Peter get over his ex. The only problem is that its kind of hard to do when she shows up at the same resort with her "new" boyfriend, Aldous Snow. Speaking of Aldous, what a great character. Russel Brand is a hilarious comedian/actor and the new movie about Aldous is pretty damn funny too (Get Him To The Greek). After you watch this …
review by . August 26, 2010
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Still trying to forget
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a half and half sort of film. What's good is very good, and what's bad is pretty bad indeed. Here's what I liked:      Jason Segal as the guy who gets dumped. He was the picture of morose self pity and the story's beginning, and his performance grew more subtle as the plot progressed. Essentially, it's about a nice but shallow guy who learns from his pain to be a more self aware, emotionally connected man, and Segal demonstrated …
review by . July 17, 2010
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Yet another venture into familiar Judd Apatow territory.  This time it's a telling the tale of some laid back slacker who's trying to get the girl, but is cursed by a lack of cheekbones and buldging muscles. Only this time it's in Hawaii of all places. Our lead is Peter who composes music for a TV cop drama and for five glorious years dated the show's star Sarah Marshall.  That is until she dumped him and started dating a rock star, Aldous Snow(great name). Now they are …
review by . July 12, 2010
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I rented this movie and was thinking it was going to be a brainless teenager movie but I was pleasantly surprised. All of the actors were excellent and the scenes were beautiful. Russell Brand is quite a quirky  kind of guy but hey Katy Perry is dating him he cant be all bad. He is pretty funny in this movie and so is the guy  who is off to forget about his ex girlfriend Sarah marshall. His puppet show at the end and the songs were really a plus and made this movie even better because …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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Russell Brand is the best thing about it. Something pathetic about grown men whining about getting dumped...
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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The only things I liked about this movie was Russell Brand!
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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One of the funniest films in the past decade. A good story with lots of humor.
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Russell Brand. The film, which was also written by Segel and produced by Judd Apatow, was released by Universal Studios.
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Movies, Comedy Movies, Romance Movies, Comedies, Jason Segel Movies, Judd Apatow Movies

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Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Jason Segel
Runtime: 1hr 52min
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