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Serving Sara (2002)

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5

Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 103

Neither funny nor very romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.

7

Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 25

Neither funny nor very romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.

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27

liked it
Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 26,978

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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

PG-13,

Comedy

David Ronn, Jay Scherick

Jan 28, 2003

$16.9M

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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (103) | DVD (20)

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

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Crass and joyless.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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The plot fluctuations unfold as predictably as any other cross-country buddy-buddy flick you care to mention.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The movie itself is a cattle ranch full of joke droppings and mooing shtick not worth stepping in.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A broadly played, lowbrow comedy in which the cast delivers mildly amusing performances and no farm animals were injured by any of the gags.

August 28, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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With Vicodin-sharp timing, Perry wavers from glib to glazed, seeming to openly rue his miscasting as palookaville process server Joe Tyler.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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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.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This movie doesn't play; it just lies there, waiting to be kicked around by anyone unfortunate enough to have shelled out good money to see it.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Perry and Hurley don't have much chemistry, and the story is so dumb you might want to sue it for stupidity.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

This movie has many of the usual elements a romantic comedy has.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Excruciating.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Filled with artificial sweetener, and ultimately not satisfying enough.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Any effort anyone puts forth is obviously for naught when the movie's supposedly showstopping set piece has Perry stick his arm up a bull's anus to tickle his prostate.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Hurley in particular is astoundingly awful.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

If he so chooses, David Schwimmer could make a movie co-starring Gallagher and Yakov Smirnoff. It would have to be better.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

One clever concept, several witty comedians, and many commonplace scenarios means Serving Sara will be served more at Blockbuster than at the multiplexes.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...Designed to appeal to moviegoers whose goal is to sit in an air-conditioned theater for 1 1/2 hours with their brains on 'pause.'

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Here's a stretch: Elizabeth Hurley is a sexy English girl and Matthew Perry is Chandler in this senseless, surprisingly unfunny comedy.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

There's still something vaguely enjoyable about the film, as there has been with most of Matthew Perry's movies.

October 2, 2002
Moviehole

[Cedric the Entertainer] gives what just might be the worst performance of the year (and no, I'm not forgetting A Walk to Remember's Mandy Moore).

September 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A truly lightweight forgettable piece of fluff which will barely make a blip either in the cinemas or on video.

September 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Lame, limp, unappealing, incompetent, clueless -- these are the kindest words I can come up with to describe this film.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Neither Perry nor Hurley displays a gift for romantic nonsense, and it's difficult to detect any real or faked sexual chemistry between the two stars.

September 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's not pretty watching this likable cast floundering in search of something funny to do.

September 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

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?
August 8, 2010
aliceinpunderland

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.
November 14, 2011
Naughtia
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

It's a run of the mill comedy with a great cast. Matthew Perry didn't do many movies, but he was good at what he was type-cast to do. Bruce Campbell, Amy Adams, Vincent Pastore and Terry Crews all add to Serving Sara. It has Elizabeth Hurley. One of the most gorgeous women to grace the screen. Any movie with her in it is worth a star to its rating alone.

The story isn't going to twist; it's there to keep the laughs going, and it's only kind of funny. If you're looking for anything with the slightest bit of depth, keep looking.

Reginald Hudlin was a horrible director. He's doing TV now. That, and a script from the unbelievably bad writing team of Jay Scherik and David Ronn (I-Spy, Norbit, the Guess Who rewrite, National Security) and you get a surprisingly decent movie.

If it's on TV and you just want something on TV, Serving Sara is worth a watch.
July 3, 2011
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