Forgetting Sarah Marshall: The Review


Think of this as a raunchier version of 50 First Dates, Along Came Polly, and The Wedding singer and a scene-a-like of Couples Retreat.

The film is so awesome in so many levels.


The Story: Sarah Marshall is an up and coming star, known to audiences as that femme fatale in a CSI-like show. Peter Bretter is his composer-boyfriend. Sarah met a British rock star and she breaks up with Peter. Peter is depressed as hell because whenever he looks at something, that thing resembles anything he had with Sarah. His stepbrother advises him to go to Hawaii where he meets Rachel, the ever-so-helpful receptionist and... to the surprise of no one... Sarah Marshall and her rock star boyfriend.


What I Liked: Jason Segel is an awesome actor. It’s not just because he starred in three of my all-time fave series which are How I Met Your Mother, Undeclared, and Freaks and Geeks – he is indeed a multi-talented star. He also wrote the script and composed the music. Kirsten Bell, while just like what I said about Fanboys which is me not a fan of Veronica Mars, was outstanding in this picture. Cameos from Jason Bateman, Billy Baldwin, Gedde Watanabe, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd and Carla Gallo also helped. I am a huge That 70’s Show mark so having Mila Kunis in the flick (where she exposed her boobs) was bliss. The story was cool too and this is where the brilliant support of the Hawaiian actors, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, and the truly awesome Russell Brand kicks in. I first saw Brand in Adam Sandler’s Bedtime Stories. He wasn’t that funny in the Sandler pic because Bedtime Stories was more meant for the kids but playing a more meaty version of Hank Azaria (transpose Segel with Ben Stiller and Bell with the Will and Grace girl) was spot-on for Brand.


What I Hated: The scene started and finished with Segel’s naked body hugging a woman. I could handle ass but he showed his penis A LOT in this movie. The puppet show was the endearing factor? I have to agree with Sarah Marshall that the puppet thing was near corny levels. The romance and sex jokes are the kickers of the flick and while we won’t chastise the flick for having too many naked breasts, perhaps the dialogue could have been less raunchy.


The Verdict: You can’t see Forgetting Sarah Marshall on HBO or Star Movies because censorship will zap the essence of the movie. This movie is great... believe that! But while it is a romantic comedy, I don’t think prim and proper girls would like this movie. Like I said, it is too raunchy.

Just imagine how a prim and proper chick would watch the uncensored version of The Hangover and you’ll know the feeling.

On a plus side, at least men everywhere would have a romantic movie that they would want to watch.

Game over.

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