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Serving Sara (2002)



Critic Consensus: A romantic comedy that's neither funny nor particularly romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.

Movie Info

A process server makes an unusual alliance with a beautiful but devious woman in this comedy. Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry) is a former attorney whose career went bust when he picked up some clients who turned out to be associated with the Mafia. These days, Joe makes his living as a process server, who presents people with legal papers -- papers they would usually prefer not to get. One of Joe's fellow servers, Tony (Vincent Pastore), is trying to weasel him out of his job, and has starting tipping off Joe's targets before he can deliver their papers in order to get Joe in dutch with their boss, Ray (Cedric the Entertainer). Joe, however, is able to persuade Ray to give him another chance with a high-profile client, Gordon (Bruce Campbell), a wealthy Texas cattle baron who has decided to divorce his wife and business partner, Sara (Elizabeth Hurley), in order to marry another woman, Kate (Amy Adams). When Joe presents Sara with the divorce papers, she is shocked by the news, which would cost her her half of the Gordon fortune. After Joe gets carjacked and finds herself on the same bus with Sara, she makes him a deal: If he's willing to take back the papers, say he never presented them, and serve a divorce petition to Gordon first, she'll pay Joe an even million dollars. Serving Sara became the focus of some unexpected controversy during its production -- first when Matthew Perry took a brief leave from the production to enter a rehabilitation clinic to fight an addiction to painkillers, and later when Elizabeth Hurley's former boyfriend, Steve Bing, accused Perry of being the father of Hurley's child (a charge both Hurley and Perry denied, and was proven false by blood tests).more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Carol Leifer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 28, 2003
Box Office: $16.9M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Elizabeth Hurley
as Sara Moore
Matthew Perry
as Joe Tyler
Bruce Campbell
as Gordon Moore
Mary Lyons
as Amanda
Marshall Bell
as Warren Cebron
Jerry Stiller
as Milton the Cop
Joe Viterelli
as Fat Charlie
Andrew Wilson
as Mr. Andrews
Alan Ackles
as Elevator Man
Robin McGee
as Elevator Operator Ji...
Brent Duncan
as Blackjack Dealer
Eli Jacques
as Blackjack Table Woma...
Roderick Watson
as Walkie-Talkie Kid
Georgia Foy
as Gordon's Secretary
Marie Miranda
as Elderly Elevator Wom...
Alaina Huffman
as Spa Receptionist
Heather Hunt
as Spa Swamp Thing
Melinda Ramos Renna
as Boutique Saleswoman
Maria Arita
as Reservations Clerk
Jim Wilkey
as Bus Driver
Coati Mundi
as Miami Cab Driver
Julio Cedillo
as Mariott Hotel Clerk
John Rawley
as Moore Company Employ...
Robert D. McTeer
as Moore Company Execut...
Paul Schulte
as Wheelchair Man
Kelly Saunders
as Ticket Agent Louise
Cheryl Akemi Toma
as Japanese Interpreter
Paul Fujimoto
as Japanese Businessman
Don Pirl
as Cowboy
Libby Villari
as Cowgirl Waitress
Amanda Denton
as Tony's Flight Attend...
Court Young
as Arena Ticket Collect...
David Scott Heck
as Scoreboard Guy Rusty
Rick Morrow
as Man in Crowd
Nikki Schieler Zieri...
as Gordon's Trainer
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Critic Reviews for Serving Sara

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (30)

[There's] nary a laugh to be found.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The spectacularly bland comedy Serving Sara offers us a TV actor and a fashion mannequin in lieu of actual movie stars.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A third-rate conflation of Midnight Run and It Happened One Night, Serving Sara relies heavily on Perry's perpetually exasperated shtick, which fits more comfortably among the democratic ensemble of TV's Friends.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Romantic comedy ought to have some romance and laughs, but this extraordinarily flat effort has neither.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Crass and joyless.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

Perry smirks and mugs throughout while Hurley just seems massively bored, practically yawning even while hoisting her shirt for the hotel clerk.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for Serving Sara


I like seeing Matthew Perry in this more belligerent smart-aleck role rather than the innocuous smart-aleck role on "Friends." Amy Adams is the true stand-out in a cast of much more famous and supposedly more seasoned actors. Her bimbo character is so committed. That slow wink. That breast-wiggling thing, which if it really is her and not some stunt breasts, deserves some kind of prize.

Several plot holes: how is it that Sara gets on the exact same bus AFTER Joe when they are in the same place to begin with? How does Tony catch up to Joe and Sara so fast? If Tony forgets to set his watch back for CST, how does he make it on the plane in time?

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Serving Sara is a very easy going and charming movie. The two leading roles are played wonderfully by Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley. Joe is a process server who meets Sara when he delivers divorce papers to her. Sara is chocked to know that her husband wants a divorce because she thought they were happily married. The papers say that she is about to lose everything in the divorce and she does not want to let that happen. I thought this movie is enjoyable because of these two talented actors and their good chemistry. Allthough this was set to be a great movie, it wasn't nearly as good as I'd expected it to be. It's sad because the story has much more potential.

Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

The movie is about a process server called Joe (Matthew Perry) who is given the assignment to serve Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley) with divorce papers by her philandering Texan husband, but after he does it she convinces him to serve her husband instead and destroy her papers in exchange of one million dollars. Cedric the Entertainer is hilarious as Perry's boss in the film and Amy Adams plays the girlfriend. There were some laughs (including one gross out scene where Joe has to pretend he is a veterinarian and help a bull out with a little "problem" he is having). "Serving Sara" serves up plenty of Hurley eye candy.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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