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Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008

Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend...

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This is going to be the best movie coming out this year. Debut writer Jason Segal is a brilliant actor and then u have Judd Apatow who is just fantastic. Lastly one of the best aspiring actreses in hollywood at the moment Kristen Bell is just fantrastic. I cant wait for this film.
Possibly the unfunniest comedy ever made, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is.... Wait, let's back up. That's completely backward. Written by actor Jason Segal (Knocked Up Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks), Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the kind of romantic comedy straight men can get behind and not just because Segel unveils his manliness more times than you can count (actually four full-on frontal nudity shots, but who's keeping count?). Forgetting Sarah Marshall belongs to the sub-genre of romantic comedies that turn on losing then finding love with the "right" person (as opposed to the "right-now" person). It also fits into what one critic or reviewer has called, semi-pretentiously, the "cinema of discomfort" (actually, it was this critic who said that), comedies that center on putting characters in socially awkward situation after socially awkward situation (e.g., Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents).

For Peter Bretter (Jason Segel), a television composer with dreams of putting together a rock opera involving Sesame Street-style puppets, vampires, and eternal love, it doesn't get more socially awkward when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), the star of a CSI- television series, Crime Scene, dumps him for an English rock star, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand, a genuine comedic find). After a string of one-night stands, each more disastrous than the last, Peter takes his step-brother Brian's (Bill Hader, deadpan, perfect) advice and goes on vacation to Hawaii, a place Sarah always talked about visiting but never did. Not coincidentally, Sarah and Snow are already in Hawaii. Worse, they're staying in the same hotel. Preferring to torture himself further, Peter takes the suite right next to Sarah and Aldous.

Luckily for Peter, a hotel employee, Racheal (Mila Kunis), takes first pity, then actual interest in him, hanging with him after hours, introducing him to confidence-building activities, and all around making him feel better about himself and the break-up. Of course, just as Peter gets closer to Racheal, Sarah begins to have second doubts about a future with the self-absorbed snow, setting up the inevitable choice for Peter: a future with Racheal or the past with Sarah. Along the way, Peter takes life lessons from a stoner surfing instructor (Paul Rudd), observes relationships around him sputter or take off, all the while running into another hotel employee, Matthew (Jonah Hill), who plays on Peter's anxieties and doubts about himself.

Segel's script, with an able assist from first-time feature film director Nicholas Stoller (Fun With Dick and Jane), explores, in near-excruciating detail, the heartbreak and despair that follows the abrupt end of a romantic relationship (i.e., the dreaded falling out of love scenario). For Peter, and by extension, moviegoers, it's all discomfort all the time from the moment Peter loses Sarah to the moment, if and when it comes, when Peter comes to a bit of self-realization about who he wants to be with and what he wants to do with life, career wise (hint: it doesn't involve continued work as a composer for television shows). That and plenty of sex-related humor to help hide the fact that yes, indeed, we're (the "we" refers to straight men in the audience) watching a romantic comedy and thoroughly enjoying it.

Before we forget, though, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is produced by Judd Apatow, the writer, producer, and/or director behind Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40 Year-Old Virgin), Undeclared, and Freaks and Geeks. It was Apatow who encouraged Segel to try his hand at scriptwriting as a potential star vehicle for himself or barring that, an alternative career. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has plenty in common with Apatow's work, up to and including the slacker/loser type with the impossibly hot, super-bright girlfriend or who ends up with an impossibly hot, super-bright girlfriend. Call it the triumph of the geek or, if you more cynical, a triumph of marketing. Either way, Apatow's films tend to depend on sex-based humor and plenty of awkwardness related to sex. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is no different.

Apatow didn't direct Forgetting Sarah Marshall, though. Screenwriter-turned-director Nicholas Stoller (Fun With Dick and Jane, Undeclared) did and thankfully, he doesn't let any attempt at a visual style get in the way of telling Peter's story as simply as possible (a must when we're discussing comedies). Segel shows surprising range, especially in the early going, when Peter can barely contain his emotional anguish at losing Sarah. Given what Segel's shown here, it'd be interesting to see him take on a serious dramatic role. Of course, after multiple full frontal shots, drama might not be in Segel's immediate future, but he probably won't mind (either that or he can continue screenwriting).
Welcome Jason Segel to the new pack of great comedic writers/actors. I recently saw a screening of his new movie and left the theater more than impressed. Apatow's crew has been running on fumes as of late, while getting more media exposure at the same time, which could have amounted to more sub-par films. Thus, it was a perfect time for Apatow to push Segel to branch out and run with his own ideas.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall falls somewhere between 40-YOV and Knocked Up on the scale of hilarity. When the movie started a little slow, I wondered if it was simply an excuse for Segel to see his penis about 4 feet long onscreen. It didn't take long, however, for FSM to find its way. Segel can pull off hilarious moments by taking a humble, almost self-deprecating approach to comedy (This is probably due to Apatow, as he has instilled this talent in most of his crew. Segel ranks up there with Rogen when it comes to this style, however.) Once Segel heads to Hawaii, the movie sky-rockets. While Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, and the ridiculous Jack McBrayer provide a couple enjoyable scenes, the weight of this movie fell on the shoulders of Segel and Russell Brand. This crew made a great find when they decided on Brand. He and Segel complement each other, never competing for face-time (!), but in a way that only makes the movie funnier.

Needless to say, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis fit the good/evil balance for the women commonly seen in Apatow's films. Bell played her part well and everyone I talked to was surprised and impressed by Kunis.

The story was pretty well-balanced and flowed really well. One great thing about Apatow's crew is that they usually carry a decent plot throughout their hilarious movies, and FSM was no different. I can't say enough about Segel's show-stopper at the end of the film (that landed him his next writing gig, no surprise).

My only gripe is that Hader and Rudd never seemed to be turned loose. Rudd has to be next in line to land the lead in one of these films. I expect to see more of Brand after this film, as well.

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Walk Hard is, hands down, one of the funniest, most underrated films of 2007. In fact, I think the only 2007 film that competed with Walk Hard simply in the amount of times I laughed was Blades of Glory - and considering that I cried from laughing so hard in that Will Ferrell skating flick, that's high praise indeed. While watching Walk Hard, I was very heavily reminded of Airplane. They're both stupid-yet-simultaneously-smart parodies that obviously enjoy spoofing the crap out of a certain genre, and also throw out as many jokes as is possible to see what will stick. Since Airplane! was released, many 'stupid parodies' followed that tried to recreate that movie's manic energy and constant barrage of jokes, but I'd say that Walk Hard is the only film of that subgenre that has matched Airplane. I never thought that would happen, but it just did.

Walk Hard works so well because the script is actually smart and rather accurate in making fun of the genre - which is, in this case, musical biopics. However, along with containing subtle, tongue-in-cheek jokes that exagerrate some of the cliches in biopics, Walk Hard contains plenty of off-the-wall, ridiculous humor. This nice balance between subtle and crazy humor makes for one entertaining, hilarious comedy - and it's one of the rare movies that only becomes more and more amusing as it goes on. By the end, I wanted more - which is rare for a present-day comedy. Hilarious stuff right here.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is my favorite Apatow production yet - just edging out Knocked Up. The film's storyline may be a tad predictable, but the characters and sense of humor is anything but predictable. This is an incredibly loveable, raunchy comedy that has only grown on me since watching it - and it seems like one of those movies that I'd only love more on a second viewing.

It also happens to be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I'm not sure that I've ever seen so many amazing, hilarious people in one movie. The seriously awesome cast, along with the clever script, is what makes Sarah Marshall just so damn funny. Starting off - Jason Segel was a perfect leading man. He was amusing and likeable, and his much buzzed-about nude scene was hilariously awkward. Russell Brand as a ridiculous rocker and Mila Kunis as a sweet-but-tough love interest are also outstanding. However, the rest of the cast is also amazing - including Kristen Bell, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and Liz Cackowski in a small but hysterical role as Bill Hader's nosy wife. It's as if all the actors and actresses in the film were competing to see who could be the funniest - and there really wasn't a weak link.

Anyways, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is absolutely, completely hilarious and likeable. It also happens to have one of the wackiest, most bizarrely amusing last 10 minutes I've ever seen. An awesome movie that I can't wait to watch again. You will definitely laugh while watching this one.

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The one thing I love about all the Apatow movies is that throughout all the sexual humor and jokes is heart. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has heart but not as much as 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up. I think that's what separates this movie from those two because this isn't on the same level as those. However, this movie is still god damn funny. I laughed out loud a lot. My favorite character was Sarah Marshall's new boyfriend, Aldous Snow. It's strange because you hate this guy and love him at the same time. He brings some really funny moments in the film. Most of the Apatow gang appears in this including Paul Rudd as a pothead surf instructor and Jonah Hill as a creepy hotel employee. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. To sum it up I'll just say one thing. Dracula Puppet Musical. Nuff' said.

Worst. Screening. Ever.

After failing some half a dozen times to project a clear picture without boom mics making an appearance in every scene, 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' finally played to a theater packed full of its target audience. 600 college students.

Well, it was worth the wait.

'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is almost certainly another classic straight from Apatow's seal of approval. It's brilliant. Gold, yet again. It takes another familiar formula, but 'Sarah Marshall' pulls it off like few could ever dream of. Laugh-out-loud funny, incredibly raunchy, but with a great story to be told. This is a must-see, and I doubt there will be a funnier film this year.

Apatow's acting troupe are clearly set for life. Whether it's a starring role or a small supporting appearance, Apatow has never faltered to remain faithful to his 'family', many of whom have been with him since the short-lived 'Freaks and Geeks'. And this time around, it's Jason Segel who gets the opportunity to showcase his talents by writing and starring in his own vehicle. Segel has absolutely no problems carrying 'Sarah Marshall', and no about qualms baring all. Literally. Segel pushes the envelope for what's allowed in an R-rating, and it's truly unforgettable. Segel, you've got nothing to be shy about.

Apatow, who produces 'Sarah Marshall', continues to set the bar for the sex comedy. Like 'The 40 Year Old Virgin', 'Knocked Up', and 'Superbad', 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' continues to restore the genre to glory by delivering nearly two hours of sustained laughter. It isn't afraid to knock down barriers rarely explored in film, and it's why these films continue to be so fresh and so enjoyable. It takes the basic ingredients and runs with it to new heights. To all those in the Apatow posse, don't stop doing your thing. Please.

Forgetting 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' will be a tough thing to do. A great film, from its penis-flopping beginning to a Dracula musical. What more could you ask for? You won't forget it anytime soon, and why would you want to? With a star-studded cast and near flawless execution, 'Sarah Marshall' is every bit as good as anything we've seen from Apatow in the past, and once again delivers something you do not want to miss. Like the film says, "God put our mouths on our heads for a reason." Well... maybe that means something else entirely, but our mouths do get quite a workout.

Delightfully funny, Segell outdoes himself in how i met your mother-like hilarity.
I watched a screening of this tonight, and while it did have its funny moments, overall I was disappointed. Was there really a reason for the full-frontal nudity? I thought that it was pointless and took away from the movie. I think it was only added in for shock-value, but wasn't nessecary. The storyline was very generic and lacked creativity. Girl leaves boy, boy goes crazy from depression, girl and boy run into each other again, boy falls in love with new girl. Add in some male nudity and generic jokes, and you have the synopsis for this movie. And I normally like these kinds of movies alot, but not this one.
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