Jeremy's Review of Forgetting Sarah Marshall
My advice if you're thinking about seeing [b]Forgetting Sarah Marshall[/b] is to forget about it. I just wanted it to be over.
By now, when you see Judd Apatow's name attached anywhere on a movie you expect a certain level of comedy like [b]The 40 Year Old Virgin[/b] or [b]Suberbad[/b]. This movie looked like [b]Knocked Up[/b], which I really liked. Average guy hooks up with good-looking girl and has to deal with the problems that arise. Thrown in the Apatow regulars as supporting characters and you have a hopefully sweet but raucous comedy.
The main problem here is that the lead actor, Jason Segel, while a funny supporting actor, doesn't have the charisma or comic chops to carry a movie. Even Kristen Bell as the title character is bland in her role. Also throw in that most of the jokes, while occasionally inspired, usually misfire and are sometimes awkward and embarrassing. You want to laugh at some of the jokes, but they either aren't performed or written well.
The only good laughs come from some of the supporting characters and I liked Mila Kunis as the hotel clerk rebound. She was the only lead to have any spark of life. Also Sarah's British rocker boyfriend was quirky and funny but it did get a bit old after awhile. And that's exactly how I felt about this movie. It got very tedious because it just wasn't polished enough and didn't have good enough comedic performances. It all seemed sort of sloppy.