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February 13, 2019
My favorite comedy of all time. All of the cast is terrific, especially Russell Brand. Segal is hilarious. This movie is a blast and one of my favorites.
½ January 24, 2019
I Could Totally Relate To Much Of The Subject Matter, As I'm Sure Anyone Whom Has Suffered A Heartbreak Might Agree..But As Far As Looking At The Lighter / Brighter Funnier Side Of Things In These Matters..This Held Little Humor Upon The Misery, With Some Dark Comedy That Goes Way Off Track & Could Have Done So So Much More..So Overall.. Was Pretty Lame.
January 15, 2019
A man goes to Hawaii to forget about his celebrity ex-girlfriend...only to find that she's staying at the same resort with her new dude.

Acting: 10
Jason Segel plays the perfect broken man in his role as Peter. He carries a pitifulness that's endearing, a guy easy to root for. From a comedic standpoint, his timing is always right there and it feels extremely natural as if we're being introduced to a real person. I can only think of a handful of actors that could pull off the role as successfully as Segel. A number of other roles solidified the acting in the movie as well, but Segel carried the movie in my opinion.

Beginning: 10
Forgetting Sarah Marshall grabs your funny bone from jump and sets the tone. The first ten minutes introduces us to Peter as we watch him go about his boring, but hilarious day. Everytime I think about the breakup scene between him and Sarah (Kristen Bell), it still cracks me up. You knew right away the rest of the film was going to be classic.

Characters: 10
The movie sports a solid cast of characters with just enough originality to keep things interesting without going overboard. You've got Rachel (Mila Kunis), the badass front desk attendant who gives Peter a reason to enjoy life again. Then there's the British rockstar and the hotel attendant who is obsessed with him. I could go on as these are just a handful of the crew that make this movie shine.

Cinematography/Visuals: 10

Conflict: 10

Genre: 10
Others won't agree, but this is the funniest movie I've ever seen. It has everything we want in a comedy. It's funny without having to go over the top to try. It succeeds with a comical real-life premise that has the right characters surrounding it. Not only does it make you laugh, but it makes you feel as well. But, most importantly, it makes you laugh...A LOT. It hits you with several different types of funny from the characters themselves to the subtle jabs.

Memorability: 10
A classic movie has scenes that stick out in your head for years to come. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has a number of those scenes. When the towel drops. Peter crying naked on the floor then having to defend himself. Dracula musical. The surf scene. I could go on...These are scenes that, by themselves, could make a movie memorable. Together, they made Forgetting Sarah Marshall a classic.

Pace: 10

Plot: 10
I know what you're thinking. What are the chances he goes on vacation and ends up at the exact same resort as his ex at the same exact time? I thought about this a lot and concluded that it could have been completely conceivable that Peter and Sarah had talked about that resort in the past. Alternatively they could have even had plans to go to that resort together during that week and the breakup changed that. Ultimately I decided it didn't need to completely make sense. It's a comedy and it's unique enough for me to not have gotten bogged down in the "how".

Resolution: 10
Starts just like it ends: Perfectly. It fits both for Peter and Rachel, definitely putting a smile on my face. It works on a lot of levels, touching but still maintaining the level of humor that carried the film to this point.

Overall: 100
A film is always the sum of its parts. Forgetting Sarah Marshall does everything right and then some. From its beautiful cinematics (thank you, Hawaii) to downright perfect pacing, it succeeds on every level. Classic.
½ January 9, 2019
I was pleasantly surprised by Forgetting Sarah Marshall as I am not a huge fan of either raunchy comedy or college age romantic ones. The characters in Forgetting Sarah Marshall are better developed than one expects in a movie of this sort. Jason Segel(also the director) plays Peter as a bit of a schlub, but not so much of a loser that the audience can't relate to him. Kristen Bell, stepping away from the small screen, avoids the easy out of portraying Sarah as a bitch. She brings a touch of humanity to the role, ensuring that while viewers may not respect the character, they don't dislike her. Mila Kunis, who has spent the majority of her career on That '70s Show, is delightful as the bubbly Rachel. This is the kind of part that can lead to bigger and better opportunities because she's not just easy on the eyes, she's adept with her performance and understands the concept of comic timing. It doesn't take long for Rachel to become Forgetting Sarah Marshall's most vivid character. Several Apatow regulars have small roles. Bill Hader is Peter's less-than-supportive brother, Jonah Hill is a creepy waiter, and Paul Rudd is a surfing teacher named Chuck whose brain has been fried by weed. This movie is a winner any which way one sees it.
December 23, 2018
Strengths: Iā(TM)m someone who doesnā(TM)t always find a movie hilarious the first time around. I get more and more jokes as I watch it over time. With this movie, I was in stitches so much the first time, that I watched it again an hour later. Itā(TM)s been ten years and I still find it hilarious. There are just so many funny scenes. The entire cast provides us with plenty of laughs. Jason Segel (Peter Bretter) manages to be charming, sympathetic and funny. Mila Kunis (Rachel Jansen) is tough, likable, and probably made me laugh more in this than any of her other films combined. Kristen Bell (Sarah Marshall) is outstanding and Russell Brand (Aldous Snow) has never been better. Throw in great small performances from Paul Rudd (Chuck/Kunu), Bill Hader (Brian Bretter), Jonah Hill (Matthew Van Der Wyk), Kristen Wiig (Prana), Jack McBayer (Darald Braden), Maria Thayer (Wyoma Braden), and many others and youā(TM)ve got non-stop laughs. The script is very strong. While itā(TM)s obvious comedic, it still does a lot in terms of providing a strong character arc and natural, witty dialogue. The songs written for the movie are also great. All four or five are catchy and fit the characters singing them.

Weaknesses: I canā(TM)t find many, if any. The beats it hits are pretty familiar and it can, at times, feel like any other romantic comedy. Those moments are quickly wiped away by something special, but they are there.

Overall: A vastly underrated comedy. Itā(TM)s laugh out loud funny and features some of the best work of a very talented cast. Iā(TM)ve seen it over ten times and it never gets less enjoyable.
½ November 23, 2018
Don't worry. It's forgettable.
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2018
One of the few comedies that has managed to stay fresh and not age like other Judd Apatow films. Segel is the key to the film and he provides a flawed character who has all the sad characteristics of most males when they break up with long term partners. The only real annoying parts of the film is the connection to the Hollywood system, they tend to use this for comedic purposes, some of which are hit and miss. The cast are impressive and play well together, Brand is the most rewarding part of the film, you can see why they prepared a spinoff surrounding his character. The film isn't without its flaws, but it is one comedy film that has aged well and is very funny. 18/11/2018.
½ November 8, 2018
This film was solid.
September 13, 2018
Solid casting does not save this predictable comedy from being a complete bore.
½ August 24, 2018
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a rare romantic comedy that works and is more entertaining and charming instead of annoying. Yes, it's familiar in its storyline and particularly boring in its overly serious third act, but the film was previously hugely entertaining, actually really funny at times thanks to a stupendous humor and also frequently quite endearing thanks to a likable, funny turn from Jason Segel.
August 19, 2018
This movie is hilarious. Segal does it in this one, and the supporting cast helps as well. Plot is funny and fresh. Comedy delivers HARD. Can't see anything wrong with this movie.
½ April 21, 2018
I managed to avoid this movie for almost 10 years but there are some nice comedies out there and sometimes I like to try to find one. This was not one. It's true that some scene are funny, but not enough of them to make up for all the stupid ones. The story is old, with no attempt to refresh it even a bit. Not terrible, but that's about it.
April 16, 2018
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Kristen Bell and released in 2008, came at the height of Judd Apatow's reign over R-rated romantic comedies, and is perhaps the peak of this movement. The film remains heartfelt and sincere the whole way through, without losing any of the hilariously uncomfortable moments and unusual characters.
The film was directed by Nicholas Stoller, produced by Judd Apatow, and, notably, written by Jason Segel. It's clearly a very personal story for Segel and his personal connection to the film is its greatest strength. The scene in which Peter is broken up with while naked and Peter's love for puppets were both taken directly from Segel's life, and both were ingeniously used to create an airtight structure (with parallels between the first and last scenes) and to illustrate Peter's growth throughout the film.
One thing this film does so well is navigating between emotionally fraught interactions and deeply funny moments. One particularly well-constructed sequence comes midway through the second act when Peter finally begins to get his self-confidence back. As he is out surfing he runs into Aldous Snow, his ex girlfriend's new boyfriend. Their conversation is sweet yet uncomfortable in the way only a conversation between two people in this type of relationship can be. In a complete shift of tone, the scene evolves into a hilariously outrageous scenario as Peter tries to help Aldous who now has coral embedded in his leg, all the while interacting with the incompetent Chuck (played by Paul Rudd). Again, the very next scene has a full shift in tone as Peter emotionally confronts his ex girlfriend Sarah. The scene is one of the most serious of the film, yet is still riveting and fits perfectly. Where other films may give the viewer whiplash with this back-and-forth, this film successfully uses these types of successive sequences to keep the viewer engaged and entertained.
Although this film is certainly most relatable to viewers whose relationships have recently ended, I would highly recommend this film to those in any stage of a relationship as there are parts of this film for everyone; Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of those rare romantic comedies where both the comedy and the subject remain relevant for people at every stage of their lives.
April 14, 2018
A solid rom-com. If it wasn't for Mila Kunis I probably never would have watched this movie, but I am very glad I did. There were good jokes and an interesting twist on a breakup. The acting was quality and there weren't any major plot holes.
½ April 2, 2018
The movie seemed like the sole purpose was to show segals junk multiple times. Not worthy although Kunis played a cute role.
½ April 2, 2018
This movie is good for a few cheap laughs and that's about it. Russell Brand's character was funny although I feel he plays the same type of character in every movie.
March 19, 2018
Awful movie with endless penis references and shots. Please learn how to write a script without the sophomoric jokes. Funny perhaps for somebody 15.
March 5, 2018
A kind of raunchy story of a "famous" TV star and her boyfriend who break up and then accidentally vacation at the same hotel in Hawaii, her with her new boyfriend, he alone, to lament his break up. They get together again as her boyfriend leaves, but, it doesn't last as he has found someone else. Funny but nonsensical and many unnecessary references to sexual activity.
February 3, 2018
Great comedy. Kristen bell smoking in this film and funny as heck.
January 29, 2018
One of the best comedies of the 21st century. Mila Kunis is beyond lovely and Jason Segel is at his greatest.
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