|Forgetting Sarah Marshall
by: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
Released by: Universal Pictures
Short: This hilarious flick about getting over getting dumped is an instant comedy classic, and sure to make Jason Segel a household name.
One Definitely to Remember
Hilarity in Hawai
From the opening sequences, when a buck naked Peter (Jason Segel) gets dumped by Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) to the funny finale, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is as memorable a movie as they come. The ultra-tall, well-endowed, and just-slightly-soft-around-the-edges Segel, who also wrote the script, is perfect as the Los Angeles composer who gets dumped by his star. He writes the score for his girlfriend's hit television show, a truly bad crime series called "Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime" ("CSI" fans will especially get a kick out of the truly awful sequences from the fictional show), so their breakup is not only painful, but very public. Especially since she's been seeing famous rock star Aldous Snow (British actor Russell Brand, in a completely hilarious, star-making turn) behind his back; that fact breaks Peter's heart even more. He is really a mess.
Convinced by his goofy stepbrother ("SNL" star Bill Hader) to get away to Hawaii and escape his overwhelming grief and depression, Peter heads to the North Shore's Turtle Bay to drown himself in surfing and frozen daiquiris. But when he arrives, he discovers that Sarah and Aldous are already staying at the same resort.
To say that hilarity ensues would be an understatement, for this movie starts out funny, gets funnier once they all arrive in Hawaii, and finishes off with laughs that go right into the credits. It's filled with crackerjack dialogue, gut-busting sight gags, and terrific performances, including Mila Kunis' turn as the hotel concierge who brings Peter back into the land of the living as his new love interest, and Paul Rudd's priceless take on a stoner surf instructor.
Part of the winning charm of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is the dead-on reality of many of the scenes; for who among us has not at least once, for example, laid on the couch in our dirty sweats bemoaning a lost love? It is a movie for everyone who has ever been dumped—and if it has just happened to you recently, go see it immediately. For it reminds us all that life does go on after a broken heart, and usually, eventually, for the better in the long run, especially if we can step back and laugh at ourselves in the process.
Text by Jenny Peters
||(Updated 04/17/08 ES)