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 Marshall also has a great deal of heart and that's what made it so enjoyable.
This was Jason Segel's first starring role, and I've only been accustomed to seeing him play second string on How I Met Your Mother. To be honest, I was apprehensive to see how he would handle it, and he blew my expectations completely out of the water. I knew he was a great comedian but I didn't know he was that great. His character was also well-written, so we could laugh at his antics and feel sorry for him at the same time. Jason Segel gave a great comedic performance and I can't wait to see him in other movies.
He plays Peter, our protagonist, who gets dumped by his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). To get over it, he takes a Hawaii vacation but he discovers that Sarah is also there, along with her new boyfriend (Russell Brand). Wacky adventures ensue and it mixes raunchy and romantic comedy quite well. Everybody involved in the movie is incredibly funny, except Kristen Bell, but she really wasn't supposed to be funny. But despite all the funny actors, the person who truly stole the show was Russell Brand.
I absolutely adore Russell Brand and I can't wait to see him play Arthur. His character of course spawned the more recent film Get Him to the Greek, which I have not yet seen. His character was so funny and spawned the "charaquel" for good reason. I could rant on and on about his character for paragraphs but I need to get on to the rest of the movie.
I've only seen one other film from Apatow and Co., and I can definitely see a formula to them. I haven't seen Knocked Up or the 40 Year-Old Virgin, but I want too. The formula of a Judd Apatow movie is that it has loads of raunchy sex-based humour, is always uproariously funny, and it always has some sort of heartfelt message that is never put on the backburner. I have absolutely nothing else to say about this movie, other than that it's great.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of the funniest comedies I have ever seen and one of the best movies of 2008. Seeing this makes me want to see more Apatow movies. It's hilarious, it has heart, and it has a great comedic cast. I would recommend this to most people or for those who are looking to watch a good comedy on a rainy day. This movie really also makes me want to see Get Him to the Greek, and you can expect a review of that if I do. All in all, a good movie.