"Serving Sara" is a horrendous romantic comedy that has no romance whatsoever and very few laughs. Our main character "Joe Tyler" is thoroughly unlikeable and although Matthew Perry tries hard to make him funny by doing a sort of stand-up performance throughout with snappy remarks, imitations and off-handed jokes most of them fall completely flat. As the movie goes on you just hate his character more and more because he reminds you of that unfunny guy at the party that's desperately trying to hit on women by saying bad jokes and trying way too hard to make them laugh. As a process server he seems to be constantly barely holding on and screwing up all the time so when he gets into a tight situation with his latest job you don't feel any tension, you feel like it's just business as usual for this loser who can't get a handle on things. Elizabeth Hurley plays "Sara", a woman that has been served divorced papers and decides to outsmart her cheating husband with a bit of assistance from "Joe". You cheer for her (particularly after she lets the unlikeable "Joe" receive a vicious beating from two mobsters) but unfortunately her comedic scenes aren't funny at all and border on the ridiculous. There's a scene in the airport where her pants get caught in some machinery so she has to change her outfit by swiping some clothes from the luggage that's lying around. She only needs pants, but she changes her whole outfit and leaves all of the bags all open with clothes on the floor. This new sexy look is supposed to have us get excited about seeing more of her throughout the movie (As several scenes later tease the audience by showing glimpses of her naked body) but it just raises some questions like: Why did she change all of her clothes? If she's in such a hurry, why did she take the time to look for a new matching outfit? Did anyone think that scene was going to be funny? Several scenes in the movie seem to have had little thought put into them. After "Sara" takes a shower in the hotel room she is sharing with "Joe" she decides to go to bed while still wearing the towel she had in the bathroom. Wouldn't it make more sense for her to go to sleep in her underwear (she has no spare clothes with her despite having stolen a new outfit earlier) or just fully clothed? Even going to bed naked would be more believable than hopping into bed in a wet towel.
There are absolutely no sparks between the two leads and it makes the romantic sub plot exhausting. The dialogue is very badly written and there is no physical chemistry either so you simply do not care as the obvious romantic sub plot plays out. To compensate for the poor writing, the movie throws some visual gags that can only be described as childish and amateur. There's a scene where Vincent Pastore is getting his back shaven by a nurse but the woman is using a small rotary saw to get rid of the hair on his body. Did the people working on the film think it was a funny joke to have her use the wrong tool, or was it just a big oversight? Did anyone really think that an extended scene where Matthew Perry has to shove his hand up a bull's anus to help it hump a robotic cow that makes funny faces and sounds would be hilarious? Are we really supposed to believe that when enraged Cedric the Entertainer's character would take the time to spell "You #@*! Up!" on his pager instead of just "You Fucked Up!"
The movie is an absolute chore to sit through and as the movie plays out, the bad jokes, lousy dialogue, cheap physical humour and bad plotting just keep adding up in an absolute disaster of a film. There are a couple of laughs in the movie but that just proves that if you just keep throwing joke after joke at the audience, eventually something is going to stick. Even if you can fathom the idea of a scene where a cowboy has to apply ice to his arm because he's spent hours trying to masturbate a bull being funny, you should stay far away from "Serving Sara". (Dvd, April 28, 2013)