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  • Aug 26, 2010
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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 this transformation with style and grace.

Russell Brand as Aldous Snow, for whom Jason got dumped. Brand's relaxed, somewhat deadpan delivery turned his portrayal of the ultra-self-centered British rock star into brilliant parody.

Some of the humor. There are some genuinely funny moments, and the send up on today's forensic and mystical TV series is one of the best.

The supporting cast, each of whom is spot on in their eccentricities.

What I disliked:

Sarah Marshall. Although Kristen Bell's performance cannot be faulted, Sarah is simply shallow. Apart from her appearance, there's not much there that's appealing.

The movie's pacing. Strong start, stagnating center, strong end. It left the impression that the story actually lacked a center, and the director filled the empty space with gratuitous, graphic sex scenes. LOTS of them. And they weren't especially funny. The nudity, I suppose, is supposed to help sell the movie. It's adolescent and way over done.
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August 30, 2010
Haha, poor you! :P I actually haven't seen this yet, but all of my friends seem to love it for some reason and keep telling me to see it. Looks like I'm going to have to to form my opinion. Thanks for sharing, Linda!
 
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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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, Judd Apatow Movies, Jason Segel 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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