Director: Nick Stoller
Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis,
Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Kala Alexander, Paul Rudd, Jonah
Hill, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer
RunTime: 1 hr 52 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language and Some Sexual
Official Website: http://www.forgettingsarahmarshall.com/
OF FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK
Opening Day: 28 August 2008
Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel, "How
I Met Your Mother") has spent six years idolizing his
girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell,
"Veronica Mars"). He's the guy left holding her
purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance
award speeches. But his world is rocked when she dumps him
and Peter finds himself alone. After an unsuccessful bout
of womanizing and an on-the-job nervous breakdown, he sees
that not having Sarah may just ruin his life.
clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where
he is confronted by his worst nightmare: his ex and her tragically
hip new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand),
are sharing his hotel. But as he torments himself with the
reality of Sarah's new life, he finds relief in a flirtation
with Rachel (Mila Kunis), a beautiful resort employee whose
laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world. He also
finds relief in several hundred embarrassing, fruity cocktails.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is cramped with various best and
worst case scenarios that could be a bit hard to swallow.
As a comedy, the best bits are already shown in the trailers
and there are hardly any side bursting jokes in this movie.
But as a romance flick about breakup, this movie offer nice
characters to relate to and offer encouraging perspectives
for the jilted.
Very few of us actually have to go through a celebrity breakup
(where everyone can read about it on the news) or a movie
breakup (where the worst and best thing that could happen,
will happen). Thankfully we have this Judd Apatow production
which once again features relatively unknown casts and TV
stars (think Superbad, Knocked Up & The 40 Year Old Virgin)
that’s raking in big turnover and fandom.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall that unforgettable or forgettable?
after The 40 Year Old Virgin, films from the Apatow production
rarely gets more than a chuckle from me. It’s not the
jokes that they are trying to milk are stale (tho the setting
of ugly men getting hot women is getting very stale) but it’s
just not hitting that right spot. Beside the breaking up in
nudity gag that already shown in the trailer, I tired to laugh
at the hapless young man who is not enjoying love making during
the honeymoon and a stoned out surf coaching who is dishing
lessons in life and forgetting what he said in the next moment
but it was just not that funny.
aside, what managed to hold my attention were the overly cramped
breakup scenarios. As seen in the trailer, our hero Peter
(Jason Segel) who had decided to take a holiday and ended
up not only in the same country, the same resort and even
next door to his very recent ex girlfriend Sarah Marshall
(Kristen Bell) and her new rock star boyfriend Aldous (Russell
Brand). It’s like winning 4 4Ds in a row but since it’s
a Hollywood romance flick, such improbable scenarios will
always happen and Forgetting Sarah Marshall tried to squeeze
in as much as possible.
such as a hot babe receptionist (played by Mila Kunis from
That ‘70s show) becoming a potential love interest for
our jilted average looking protagonist (not a spoiler as it’s
shown on the trailer and upcoming dvd cover). That’s
definitely wishful thinking for most but since it’s
a feel good movie; it will make a purely great indulging escapism.
aspect that helped make this escapism more enjoyable in the
midst of rather flat jokes would be the relatively unknown
actors that inherited their characters. Jason Segel is simply
loveable as the sorry loser who can’t get over the breakup.
Kristen and Mila are hot eye candy that make the whole “getting
dumped and getting hooked” concept easier to swallow.
However the one who truly stole the show was Russell Brand
who did a rendition of a British rock star who is too full
of himself and even in his sober state; operates with a mindset
that another level from normalcy. Viewers who enjoyed his
performance will be please to know that his character will
be appearing from a spin off movie titled “Get him to
Greek” which involves a newly-graduated insurance adjuster
trying to get the not so sober Aldous to the Greek Theatre
in Los Angeles.
but not least, even though Sarah Marshall is cramped with
far out characters and scenarios that we mere normal citizen
of the world might never encounter in our lifetime; it does
pack with a couple of encouraging messages for those all those
jilted ones (even the non celebrities). A positive vibe on
how to pick oneself up; could even be shared to those who
are not suffering from the break up blues.
the whole ordeal of Forgetting Sarah Marshall was forgettable
in the jokes that they tried to create. However this feel
good rom picture does left a memorable mark in the chain of
events that happen in Hawaii and the various peculiar characters
that transpired those moments. Go Catch!
(A mildly funny comedy that tried to cramp too much
at one go but with likeable characters and settings, Forgetting
Sarah Marshall might just be what the doctor order for the
Review by Richard Lim Jr