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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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84

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 151 | Rotten: 28

With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.

88

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 5

With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.

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In desperate need of a vacation after being unceremoniously dumped by his TV-star girlfriend, a man travels to a lavish Hawaiian resort to nurse his wounds and forget his heartache, only to discover that his ex and her handsome new boyfriend are currently staying at the exact same island hot spot. Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) may be just another struggling musician, but for the past six years he's been dating Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), one of the hottest stars on television. Sarah is

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Comedy, Romance

Jason Segel

Oct 5, 2008

$62.7M

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (151) | Rotten (28) | DVD (18)

It's got an engaging cast and enough laughs to compensate for some shortcomings.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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With pratfalls, yucks, a crying jag, and what is starting to seem like the requisite flash of nudity, Jason Segel becomes this year's adorably hapless movie schlub.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
NPR.org
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'Sarah Marshall' remains a film of glorious moments and memorable scenes, lovingly crafted characters and sparkling one-liners.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Jason Segel has what Nicolas Cage and Gene Wilder and a precious handful of other witty actors have: The ability to make egregious humiliation and painful neediness a source of limitless mirth.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (2)
Chicago Tribune
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Halfway through I realized that I'd lost most of my standards, maybe under my seat, and was enjoying the erratic evolution of the nonsense.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The cringingly wacky scenarios, offbeat characters and comic dialogue serve up a crowd-pleasing, laugh-filled experience.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall does fall under the Apatow umbrella, but writer and star Jason Segel is the real creative force here, creating a fresh, funny script.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

So easy to relate to, but it's the film's unpredictable nature, great characters and hilarious script that makes it the comedy of the year.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

An execrable movie that's incredibly uninspired.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comments (3)
Digital Spy

If you go into this one with reasonable expectations, you should have a very, very good time at the theater.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

One of the year's dingiest comedies

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The comic effect goes limp fast and has little to do with the effort of Segel's Pete to win back the girlfriend of the title (Kristen Bell).

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comments (7)
Boston Phoenix

Ok, I give up. The Slackers win. In the last ten years, the Republican Party has had its revenge, the Nerds have had their revenge, and now the Slackers stand sloppy and tall. I stand poleaxed. The latest beating inflicted on my psyche is by Forgetting

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (14)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

For a film that's been lauded for its daring display of full-frontal male nudity, I got the nagging feeling that it actually played things pretty safe.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

...ultimately comes off as an affable piece of work that benefits from the uniformly engaging performances and inclusion of several genuinely hilarious bits of comedic silliness.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Judd Apatow's comedies are always watchable and sometimes hilarious, but with the latest to emerge under his aegis, I have to admit it is getting harder to defend them against the charge of misogyny.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comments (2)
Guardian [UK]

Indeed, the film never veers into arch territory, possessing such affection for its characters that not one of them, not even Sarah Marshall, comes off as the bad guy.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Brand shows that top comedians, for all their limited range, can be decent actors in the right parts, a heightened sense of timing affording them an advantage in comic fare.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

At its heart, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is about heartbreak, heartache, and all the other emotions that most men spend the majority of their energy trying to repress in an effort to appear strong.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Forgetting Sarah Marshall never quite attains the same comedic excellence of past Apatow projects, [but] it's still a really funny romantic comedy that is sure to gain a dedicated following of its own.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

A sort of Hollywood version we'll refer to here as Naked Boy Singing, just leave it at that, Forgetting Sarah Marshall has the fingerprints of Judd Apatow all over it, enough said.

September 20, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (3)
NewsBlaze

Hey, it won't cure cancer. But it is a lot of fun.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: ABC News (Australia)
ABC News (Australia)

Beneath all the hysterics, top notch comedy, and hilarious turns from Apatow vets, there's a definitely gripping romance that audiences will respond to if they allow it...

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Breaking up is hard to do when you're wearing nothing but a pout and were just regaling your soon-to-be-ex with a celebratory wang-flapping to welcome her home.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen
Let's Not Listen

Audience Reviews for Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This is what happens when all the right people come together to do the right project. Funny and very memorable.
August 9, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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Sarah Marshall is one of those Apatow comedies that puts Slot A into Slot B and doesn't try to do much more than that. As a romantic comedy it sometimes relies on too many ideas from other films that share the same plot elements. Jason Segel also wrote the screenplay for the film, I think he is a hilariously funny guy but his character Peter, although likable and often funny is similar to Seth Rogen in Knocked Up and Jonah Hill in the Marshall spin off; Get Him to the Greek. As far as rom com's are concerned it's unoriginal but holds tightly together with raunchy humour that doesn't change it's tone but makes it even funnier. Full of charm and sharp performances, it's not an Apatow breakthrough like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Knocked Up or Step Brothers it's very watchable and highly enjoyable.
May 4, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Good balance of raunchiness and romance. Funny but it wasn't as funny as I'd like it to be. Still a good time to sit back and relax.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Sarah Marshall: Aldous... wake up.
    2. Aldous Snow: [snores]
    3. Sarah Marshall: Aldous... wake up... make love to me.
    4. Aldous Snow: Alright, you go on top though, cause I'm knackered.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Rachael: Oh, come on, Peter. I can see your vagina from here!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Surfing Instructor: If you get bitten by a shark, you're not just gonna give up surfing, are you?
    2. Peter Bretter: Yeah, probably.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Aldous Snow: I've heard women do fake orgasms, but I've never seen one. It really deeply upset me.
    – Submitted by Anya T (20 months ago)
    1. Aldous Snow: It's a little holiday with Hitler.
    – Submitted by Anya T (20 months ago)
    1. Surfing Instructor: I like her hair. I wonder if the carpet matches her pubes.
    – Submitted by Evan H (21 months ago)
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