Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) - Review

by - January 03, 2019

Synopsis: A devastated Peter Bretter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.

You Lose Some, You Get Some.

After getting dumped by his girlfriend of five years, television actress Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) decides to take a vacation to Hawaii to try and mend his broken heart. Unfortunately, Sarah and her new boyfriend, rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), are staying at the same resort.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is an underrated gem of a romantic comedy. It handles the reality of getting dumped in a way that is relatable and heartwarming, but also funny as hell. Jason Segel is a likable lead who manages to make Peter’s pain and self-loathing something to sympathize with and laugh at.

Kristen Bell could have easily been a one-note bitchy ex-girlfriend, but she’s given enough depth that you also sort of feel sorry for her by the end of the movie. Mila Kunis’s Rachel is the Cool Girl who helps mend Peter’s broken heart, and while I’m not a huge Russell Brand fan, his unapologetically free-spirited Aldous Snow is hilarious, and someone that even Peter has a hard time hating.

Ultimately my favorite part of the movie was the secondary characters. Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, Liz Cackowski, Da’Vone McDonald and Paul Rudd (who is the comedic MVP of this film) all added a little extra something to the movie, providing a lot of the laughs in the midst of Peter’s angst.

Sure, I could have done without Jason Segel’s dingaling flopping about, but this movie is warm, funny and so, so quote-able. Also, Dracula Musical needs to be a Real Thing.

Starring: Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Rated: R
Watched: 10.18.2018
Fun Facts:
- The role of Aldous Snow was written with Charlie Hunnam in mind.
- Jason Segel says the movie was inspired by breakups with various girlfriends.
- Get Him to the Greek (2010) is a spin-off revisiting Russell Brand's character, Aldous Snow. Jonah Hill also stars, but as a different character from the one he plays in FSM.
Notable Song: Inside You by Infant Sorrow

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