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March 11, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall Review

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SarahmarshallThanks for checking out our Forgetting Sarah Marshall Review.

The General Idea

Plot Outline From IMDB: Devastated Peter (Segel) takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah (Bell). Little does he know Sarah’s traveling to the same resort as her ex … and she’s bringing along her new boyfriend.

The Good

Many of the funniest moments in this film come through verbal sparring. One person will burn someone, and with outstanding timing a retort will be given, funnier than the previous line. The stacking of punch lines is a very good comedic technique, causes big hearty laughs and is done often in this film.

Going in, I was skeptical about Jason Segel as the lead. I didn’t care much for his character in Knocked Up, and was afraid it would be more of the same. To my delight he was nothing like his Knocked Up character and was great as the leading man. He was hilarious and believable as a man with a broken heart; like all of us, I am sure he has had some practice. His natural ability as a piano player was put to good use and served as an excellent way to add uniqueness to his character. Staring in a script you wrote has its advantages; Jason crafted a story that played to his strengths and resulted in a damn funny film.

The cameos in this film are outstanding, I will not mention them – because that would ruin the surprise. I will tell you that the greatest cameos come via the TV show that Sarah Marshall stars in, and were milked for maximum hilarity.

The Bad

This film follows a typical ROMCOM structure and offers no deviation from type. You know how things are going to end and you know that right before the happy ending the couple will have an issue that will strain their fledgling relationship. I am not against sticking to formula, but the ROMCOM structure is so beat to death that it nauseates me. The “crisis” moment is funny as hell however, and is done in a way that allows people to relate to both sides of the argument.

Overall

This movie was very funny, and the theatre was aflame with laughter the entire screening. To give you an idea of how enjoyable it was, I would consider it superior to Knocked Up but under 40 Year Old Virgin. The film was very funny and made the most of its formulaic and predictable skeleton. Harold and Kumar had more gut busting jokes thanks largely to NPH but this film certainly edges ahead with the number of quality jokes. Out of 10 I would give this film an 8. I can see this film becoming very popular, and is one you should check out April 18th.

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  • http://www.artforurbanspaces.com Movie Art

    I really enjoyed this film i thought it was very funny and easy going and all the characters were well suited to there parts. I thought Russell Brand was amazing very good actor. I agree with the review and it is a very girlie romcom film and is very predictable but i still thought it was very enjoyable, i would recommend this film to anyone.

  • http://www.fsminsideofyou.com/ Helias Pereira

    Hello,
    My name is Helias and I work for Creative Asylum, a Hollywood based advertising and marketing agency. I would like to share a fun feature that we created to promote the upcoming DVD release of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

    If you liked seeing Russell Brand hosting the VMA’s, join him and the cast of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in creating a video dedication along with Russell Brand’s character, Aldous Snow’s music video “Inside of you,” and send to someone special.

    Here’s how the applications works. First step is to choose a theme. You have the option to choose from uploading a single photo of yourself or uploading two photos of you and your significant other. Next, choose your background. Last, write a message and dedicate it to someone you have warm feelings for. It’s that easy. You can even be anonymous or send to multiple “interests.”

    After you’ve dedicated your video to that special someone, check out the “Featured Dedications” to read what other people wrote, even Aldous Snow’s dedication to Sarah Marshall or read up on “About the DVD” for more info on the release of the unrated “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Either way, you’ll get a kick out of it.

    We thought it might be interesting to share this with some of your readers. Send your dedication!

    Links:
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall Official Website:
    http://www.forgettingsarahmarshall.com/index.html
    Inside of You Video Dedications:
    http://www.fsminsideofyou.com
    Creative Asylum:
    http://www.creativeasylum.com

    Helias Pereira
    Digital Group
    323)467-9600

  • beckey

    I found it!!!
    its called “Move your feet” by Junior Senior

  • beckey

    I am looking for the same song!! I can’t find it anywhere…
    any hints??

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