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Forgetting Sarah Marshall was a film I first saw previewed in the cinema and in all honesty it did not stand out as a film I was bothered about seeing but after catching it on TV it is one I very quickly purchased on DVD as I simply loved it.
This film is all about how hard it can be to go through a break-up and follows Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) who after five years with the girl of his dreams Sarah Marshall (played by Kristen Bell) who is an actress on a major television show which leaves him a broken man and so after spiraling to the lowest of points he decides it is time to take a break to get his life back on track and ends up in Hawaii but how would you handle it when like Peter you end up somewhere to get over the love of your life and find her there with a rockstar named Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Thankfully for Peter it is not all bad as one of the hotel concierges named Rachel (played by Mila Kunis) decides to take pity on him and give him the best and most expensive room in exchange for him simply cleaning up after himself. Thanks to this we see Peter spending time with Rachel and sit and watch his battle to forget about his ex-girlfriend Sarah Marshall.
The film is a really brilliantly executed romantic comedy with fantastic performances and beautiful scenery which really did make this stand out above other romantic comedies I have seen in the past. I really did love how much I laughed throughout this but also how much you felt sympathy for the character of Peter and were rooting for him which is something I think shows a great romantic comedy. I highly recommend this film for anyone.
I bought this film because me and my friends were having a girl's night in and one was having troubles with a guy so we thought a film like this would solve her problems and we couldn't agree more. So worth watching if you are having a bad day or just need a good laugh in general. If you loved the forty year old virgin and Knocked Up, this a DVD worth having in your DVD collection (this film is also produced by the same guys who did forty year old virgin and knocked up)
Aspiring composer, Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) and his girlfriend, TV actress Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) have been dating for five years. Trying to impress her, Peter strips naked, Sarah shockingly confesses and decides to break up with Peter. Peter is heartbroken and does not believe that he will get over her, Peter's problems become worse when he watches a celebrity news channel on TV to find out that british rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) is now dating Sarah. Peter is now on breaking point and help from a friend decides that he should go on holiday for a while to get away from the grief and his troubles. So, very shortly Peter jets off to Hawaii and is welcomed by a beautiful receptionist, named Rachel (Mila Kunis) who later he develops feelings for. Could he finally get over Sarah after seeing this new beautiful girl and everything was going to be alright? Just as Peter heads to his new exclusive on-suite room that Rachel allocates him to, he discovers that Sarah and Aldous are also staying in the same resort.
Has Peter's dream holiday gone straight away to holiday nightmare before it has even started?
Would this sound like your holiday dream or hell?
Does Sarah really love her new boyfriend? Does Peter go from where he started or will he move on?
A great comedy for everyone, and worth a good laugh, the best one to watch if you're having the day from hell and in serious need of cheering up, or a perfect choice for a night in with the girls/lads!
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Release date : 2008
certificate : 15 (contains strong language, sex and nudity)
running time : 110 minutes
Peter : Jason Segel
Sarah : Kristen Bell
Aldous : Russell Brand
Rachel : Mila Kunis
also starring Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman and Bill Hader.
I thought this was a film that was funny, not going to be as funny as it was made out to be (more like a cheesy film than a laugh out loud comedy) The acting may not be as great compared to other films, or what the cast have done, the film is long for a film like this but at least it was not rushed or the story did not make sense, like you can sometimes get with films like these. This a must see comedy and I always watch it with my friends or if i am having a day just like Peter's.
Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is a composer working on a tv programme where his long term girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) is the leading lady. She's been working away from the apartment they share and is coming back to which Peter is happy about though he needs to quickly tidy up and clean himself up.
When she is stood there and Peter not quite expecting her he so soon he drops his towel for her to drop a bomb shell on him, its over and its nothing to do with anyone else....
Peter is completely heartbroken and becomes angry and discontented with his life composing bits of music on a tv show and decides to go on holiday to Hawaii, a place that Sarah liked and talked about after he indulges first in endless and eye opening but fruitless one night stands.
He arrives in the beautiful Hawaii to meet two new people. Much to his surprise Sarah is there with pop 'star' Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) much to his horror but he meets pretty and kind Rachel (Mila Kunis) who takes pity on Peters pickle he now finds himself in and doing her job she goes out of her way to cheer him up. Instead of the holiday being just that for Peter everywhere he turns Sarah and Aldous are!
However Peter and Rachel spend time together, he throws himself into his Holiday, learns to surf with the staff, gets in a fight and makes new friends all over the place but he is consumed with thoughts of Sarah. Can he win back Sarah, will he get the chance or will he go forth and learn from the holiday about honest and caring people and generally having a laugh?? Can he get the career he dreams of and maybe real happiness with someone else? Watch to see!
I watched this on the tv the other night just cos it was only thing on to be honest and I have to admit I forgot just what a feel good comedy this is. I think comedies are very hit and miss but this one makes me chuckle and sometimes its just cos its so silly and cos of a few cracking one liners!
All the acting in this is good. I am Russell Brand fan and I think his character of Aldous, the reformed ex junky, spiritual and sex God persona is very him and suits him well. I like Peter and the growth of his person as the film goes on as well as learning from Sarah why it all went wrong for her so there are the occasional meaningful points in this film as well.
The scenery is beautiful, the music in the film I can't remember so a bit unmemorable but there's a few funny sex scenes in it and a bit of nudity and the likes which is why it is rated 15 but nothing graphic apart from a full naked shot of Peter at the beginning, well least you get to know the man I say and it wasn't entirely not pleasant lol.
Its funny and by the end you should work out the ending.....it is a bit predictable in that way....but in a good way and its definitely one I will be buying to add to my collection as a feel good movie!
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I wasn't sure if this would be my cuppa tea but I was in the mood for something light and mindless. To be fair, it wasn't as slapstick and cliché as I had expected, so it did the job and took my mind off things for just over an hour and a half.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall would probably fall in to the romcom category but with a difference. Rather than setting out to be about relationships and the soppy mush I can't stand, it focusses on the dissolution of a relationship. This was directed by Nicholas Stoller, who has since worked on Get Him To The Greek. This seems to be his entry piece into direction, though he has also written for several flicks. I remember this one getting a fair bit of publicity at the time, though that's probably more to do with a certain cast member.
We're introduced to Peter Bretter (played wonderfully by Jason Segel), a newly single guy who needs to get over the ex who's just broken his heart, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He opts for a holiday to a lovely Hawaiian resort (if only we could all afford to do that when we need to mend a broken heart!) but what should be a peaceful escape from reality doesn't go to plan. As coincidence would have it, who else should be at said resort other than his actress ex girlfriend Sarah? Not only that, but she's in toe with her new boyfriend, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand).
Things aren't all doom and gloom for Bretter as he turns up to get his heart broken all over again because he meets Rachel (Mila Kunis), an employee at the resort who is, as expected, gorgeous and positive and a nice distraction for the lovelorn Bretter. The question that looms over the film is then whether or not Bretter can move on, if Rachel can help him do that, and, in my mind, whether someone is going to punch Brand before the week is out for being so obnoxious!
This film mixes drama and heartbreak with comedy to give it a light and almost uplifting appeal. I didn't find it sickly sweet, though at points it was a little cliché and irritating to watch. I say this in part because I'm torn on my feelings for brand; at points he plays the role of the pompous Brit well, at times he's over the top and too obvious to be taken too seriously. I guess that to enjoy this film you need to be prepared not to take it too seriously and not to expect too much in terms of premise or depth.
The cast, other than the aforementioned Brand, were reasonably strong. I enjoy watching Segel anyway so that was a bonus for me because he comes across quite effortlessly on screen and is easy to take in. You feel sorry for him in parts, and can probably empathise with some aspects of his heartbreak. This comes over in a way that's not too stereotypical however; the script is adult and witty enough to create a certain edge to set it apart from films of a similar ilk, and thus Forgetting Sarah Marshall does stand out from the crowd.
Most characters, such as Sarah herself and her new boyfriend, are played with stereotypical elements and are over-exaggerated. This plays on the nature of the 'comedy' side of the genre, but it's not always that easy to stomach. As I've said, Brand can get irritating, but that's part of the style of the flick.
This didn't have a great sense of depth other than what I've already covered. Don't expect a premise that surprises you or any twists and turns that make it 'quirky'. Whilst we're at it, don't expect great intellect or depth of characters either. The less three dimensional aspects of this film do help to make it easier to watch and take for what it is, but it does limit it to being a bit of a 'romcom' that may otherwise be overlooked if it wasn't for the cast. I think it's also in part because of this that some areas seemed to drag a little and become a bit slow, even if overall the pace was adequate to keep it fresh.
This had a good quality feel to it despite any crude or comical elements because they're done in a fairly respectful manner that is in keeping with the premise of the film. Yes, it's about break-ups, moving on and further heartbreak, but it's also about realising the importance of change; this actually offers some element of drama and moral lessons underneath the comical overtones. which balances and offsets the nature of the film to bring it back from the edge of being too silly or slapstick.
Overall, don't expect a premise that is original or ground-breaking, and don't expect great depth or intellect. It's an easy to watch flick that balances comedy and realism in a way that sets it apart from films of a similar genre, with a strong performance from Segel, and popularity gained from Brand's appearance, that helps pull the film through.
Selling on Amazon for £2.87
DVD released 2008, running time 111 minutes, rated Certificate 15.
.THIS FILM IS AWESOME!
My story -----> Me and my boyfriend might have actually watched this film over 20 times now. Every time we want to watch a film its like hmmm what shall we watch? FSM!!! It is great!
With laugh out lines all the way through it actually has had me in tears laughing countless times, sure the film is a little predicatble and you can guess what is going to happen but it is a total feel good film!
Casting ---------> Brilliant cast including Jason Segal, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russel Brand and Jonah Hill These characters... they're likable! Not only are the likable, they are real and people you could relate too! For example, Sarah Marshall's new boyfriend that she broke up with Peter for, yeah, he's a little bit of a moron, but you know what? You could understand why people liked him, he was pretty cool, even the girlfriend, Sarah, yeah, she was a jerk, but so real and also you don't get too mad at her with her reason on why she fell out of love with Peter. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has great laughs and a fun story.
About -----------> Sarah Marshall: hot actress, beautiful, and a fun person, just broke up with her musician boyfriend, Peter. He's just heartbroken and needs to get away for a while, so he goes to Hawaii, but guess what? Sarah is there with her new rock star boyfriend, Aldous Snow, and things are not seeming to go his way. But when he meets Rachel Jenson, the nice and really pretty hotel clerk, they go out and he ends up realizing that maybe this break up wasn't such a big deal after all.
Price --------> You can pick it up from Amazon @ £3.99!
Overall ------> Essentially, this is a hillarious, enjoyable, but rude film with a share of laughs and more Jason Segel than you probably ever wanted to see. Recommended for those who like some story with their laughs and can handle the vulgar, sexual, and nude content.
I just purchased this dvd as it was reduced in a local supermarket i wasnt too bothered about watching it and if im quite honest the only reason i bothered with it was because of my huge crush on Russell Brand :), So i got home and put it on expecting to be dissapointed as the case was pretty boring and really didnt stand out having skipped past the adverts i pressed play and from there on in i was hooked. this film is a comedy masterpeice!! i loved it so much that i watched it the next night when it was shown on itv1. It tells the story of a music composer who is totally in love with a famous acctress who breaks his heart and leaves him for an unusual (to say the least) rock star (Russell Brand), the composer goes to hawai in an attempt to get over her but to his suprise she is staying at the same resort, after a few punch ups and alot of comedy gold the roles are reversed and the composer falls in love while the acctress is left alone after the rock star decides he cannot cope with her diva momments. Never judge this dvd by its cover :)
When this film came out, I wasn't too bothered about seeing it, as although I liked Russell Brand, I wasn't quite sure whether I'd like to see him on the big screen, and I wasn't overly keen on the other actors. Anyway, in the meantime, I became a huge fan of the US TV show How I Met Your Mother, which stars Jason Segel as Marshall, who is the lead character in this movie, so this movie became more appealing to me.
I purchased this DVD recently for about £3 from HMV on sale as I was looking for something funny to watch, and plus a sort-of -sequel to this film has come out called Get Him To The Greek, with Russell Brand in it. I thought I may as well watch the first film to see whether I liked it before bothering to see the second one.
The film has some good credentials behind it coming from the people who were behind hit comedy movies like the 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up (both of which I liked), and has a number of recognisable faces in it, including Jason Segel as aforementioned, British comedian Russell Brand, Kristen Bell from Heroes and Jonah Hill from Superbad.
Jason Segel stars as Pete Bretter, who we see at the beginning as being in a long relationship with Sarah Marshall (played by Kristen Bell). Pete is a music composer who does the music for the TV crime investigation show that his girlfriend Sarah is the lead actress in. Shortly after the beginning of the movie, we see Sarah announce to Pete that she is leaving him as she is seeing someone else. You wonder what would have made her do this, but during the film, it becomes apparent that she is breaking up with him because he has become slobby and complacent and there is no magic left in the relationship, so you can't really blame her too much for it.
Pete is devastated and tries to get over Sarah by sleeping around with various women, all to no avail and he is depressed as anything. He then decides to take a break, and books a trip to Hawaii, as Sarah has always mentioned it's a nice place to go to. Unfortunately for Pete, Sarah is also there at the same hotel holidaying with her new lover Aldous Snow (played by Russell Brand) who is a hedonistic and sometimes annoying British rock star. Pete decides to stay there despite the awkward situation, but inevitably, the rest of his holiday is a series of run-ins with his ex, and various other situations. He is also attracted to the hotel's beautiful receptionist, Rachel, who seems to like him too, but is he really over Sarah? And is she over him?
The acting in this film is pretty good, and I was pleasantly surprised by Russell Brand, as he was funnier than I expected and is the typical form of what Americans must think a quintessential British lothario is like.
Jason Segel played a good role as Pete, who is a down-to-earth guy who is quite lovable and through the film you are on his side, but as much as I like the actor in general, I don't know if he was strong enough a personality to make a great lead hero. Kristen Bell fulfilled her role well as the beautiful, blonde and sometimes cruel and icy ex-girlfriend, and Mila Kunis as the brunette, bubbly Rachel was a great contrast to Sarah.
If I was to rate this amongst other comedy movies, I would say this is a pretty average offering, and although it is quite funny in parts, it wouldn't stand out as one of the most memorable comedy movies I've ever seen. And it's certainly not as funny as the legendary 40 Year Old Virgin! Despite this, it is quite enjoyable and I did watch the whole film without getting bored. I would probably watch this again one day in the future, but other comedies would probably take precedent before this.
Extras: I'm never that keen on extras, unless it's the making of a movie where there is some really interesting technical behind the scenes of a sci-fi, animation, special effects kind of movie. There are extra's on here that are not really that interesting including the usual bloopers and deleted scenes - apart from possibly Russell Brand as the character from the film, in a cringeworthy but funny mock music video!
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writer: Jason Segel
Genre: Romance - Comedy - Drama
Jason Segel [Peter Bretter]
Kristen Bell [Sarah Marshall]
Mila Kunis [Rachel Jansen]
Russell Brand [Aldous Snow]
Peter Bretter, a sound and music engineer for a CSI-wannabe show that his actress girlfriend Sarah plays in, is eating cereal in his underwear in front of the television while watching 'Access Hollywood' who are doing a 5-year recap of his relationship with Sarah.
Something of a slob, Peter spends most of his time pounding away at his piano attempting to write the next Broadway musical [without much success], or eating enormous bowls of cereal in front of the television. With Sarah away, he's turned slothfulness into an art and the flat he shares with her looks more like a pigsty than a home.
When Sarah calls him up to let him know that she's on her way home, Peter makes the effort to clean up the flat and take a shower... something he's obviously not done for awhile. Unfortunately for Peter, when Sarah finally arrives, their reunion isn't as joyous as he'd thought it would be... she breaks up with him.
Devastated, Peter attempts to get on with his life, but the task proves impossible because he works for the same television show that Sarah works for. Deciding that a vacation might do him some good, he packs his bags and catches a flight for Hawaii... unaware that Sarah has also decided that a vacation was in order for her and new boyfriend Aldous Snow, a British rocker with an over-active libido.
Peter Bretter [Jason Segel] is somewhat of a loser. He hates his job but is too lazy to do anything about it, his favourite pastime is eating cereal out of a giant bowl while watching television in his underwear, and if he could get away without ever needing to take a shower he'd be that much happier. He's extremely pessimistic, depressing, and he bursts into tears at the drop of a coin... that's when he isn't busy getting drunk and trying to get into women's underwear in a attempt to get even with his cheating ex. Peter, fortunately, does possess a few redeeming qualities... he's a big softie who cries at weddings, he's incredibly polite, somewhat shy and introverted, and, generally speaking, a pretty nice guy.
Sarah Marshall [Kristen Bell] is a somewhat ambitious actress who has made a few mistakes along the way... and Peter is obviously, in her opinion, one of them. As far as she's concerned, she tried her best to make her relationship with Peter work, but she failed, and now all she wants is to sweep the five years they were together under the rug and spend some serious bonding time with Brit lover Aldous Snow.
Rachel Jansen [Mila Kunis] works as a hotel clerk in an expensive hotel in Hawaii where the rich and famous like to chill out amidst the multitude of newlyweds that travel to Hawaii for their honeymoons. Rachel is an extremely attentive employee who does all she can to make everyone's stay enjoyable... she also has a soft spot for those who are in trouble... such as Peter. Having just come out of a particularly stormy relationship herself, Rachel understands what Peter is going through and attempts to help him as best she can.
Aldous Snow [Russell Brand] is an eccentric British rocker who spends most of his time either talking about sex, thinking about it, or doing it. He isn't the brightest of sparks, not having quite made it out of kindergarten, however, he does possess some street smarts and isn't easily discounted as a total idiot. He's conceited and somewhat overconfident, but still wholly likeable in a perverse sort of way... all in all, one could say that Russell Brand is playing himself.
Although this is one of those dastardly romcoms [romantic comedy], 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is refreshingly different in that it is actually entertaining. The acting is extremely good... yes... even Russell Brand does a good job at playing himself [his character might have a different name, but it's still Russell]... and the story, although wholly predictable, is incredibly absorbing.
Each and every scene is crammed to bursting with quirky characters, weird and wonderful scenarios, interesting dialogue and laugh-out-loud situations where something is either happening to the main character, or happening around him with one of the secondary characters. Either way, whether poor Peter is weeping like a baby, drinking himself under the table, or trying to look as though Sarah's relationship with Aldous isn't bothering him, this movie has something for everyone.
'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is an exceedingly clever movie that is certainly, at first glance, unassuming, but don't be fooled by its humble beginnings as it sets itself up to be a formulaic romcom because it is anything but humble... it is bold, brash and downright funny.
I can't actually think of a single thing I didn't like...
I usually can't suffer the likes of Russell Brand, but he was actually very likeable in this movie, and although he was pretty much acting as himself, his presence was remarkably entertaining. Therefore no thumbs down for him.
I don't usually like romcoms because they tend to be syrupy and predictable. Although this one lacks the syrupiness, it is predictable... but it doesn't matter that it is because it's just so much fun to watch... so no thumbs down here, either.
Ummm... let's just skip the 'Thumbs Down'...
COMMENTS - OPINION:
Although I absolutely did not want to watch this movie and did so only because my husband really wanted to watch it, I'm glad I did.
I love movies where there is more than one focus, and where the secondary characters are as quirky and interesting as the main characters... 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' certainly has its fair share of quirky characters, and their presence fills up every single gap and then some.
I also want to add that the soundtrack was particularly enjoyable, especially the Hawaiian version of Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares to You'... a real treat.
Definitely worth watching.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall tells the story of heartbreak, adultery and of course finding love! Rom com haters would be right to think that on that summary, this is a film to avoid. However, I would recommend giving this a try regardless. For what sets this apart from the more traditional rom-coms, is, well this has a hell of a lot more comedy!! A lot of titles you'd find in this genre may as well drom the 'com' part, but this film presents it in abundance.
From the word go the fabulous Jason Segel (main character Peter) offers scenes that will have you laughing til you drop, and may even have some of you blushing! And when his long term girfriend Sarah (Kristen Bell) splits with him, the humour doesn't dessert him.
From picking up as many girls in clubs as he can, he jets out to Hawaii, all in an attempt to 'forget Sarah Marshall'. The plan quickly backfires as he ends up in the same hotel as Sarah and her new found love Aldous (the impressive Russel Brand). Throw in a sexy single hotel receptionist (Mila Kunis), and no more detail than is needed to show you how this film is set up for hilarious, sometimes cringeworthy moments.
The story that unfolds involves plenty of laugh out loud moments and if you're looking for some lighthearted fun you will not be disappointed. Not a family film by any means however, and plently of sex scenes and sex references make this adult only viewing. Still, this is one of those feel good films you can sit on the sofa and enjoy with a nice hot chocolate, without really having to follow a story.
The acting is superb throughout, and I can't fault the performances of any of this star studded cast. Jason Segel is stand out, but I was very surprised to be impressed with the believability of Russel Brand! Other names include Kristin Bell, Mila Kunis, Jack McBrayer, and Jonah Hill.
An overall well produced, well written, well acted fell good rom-com. This should appeal to a wide audience, and I regret waiting two years from it's release to watch this! Most recommended.
After five years of being together Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) decides that she wants to break up with her boyfriend Peter (Jason Segal) They are the kind of it couple, Sarah is a actress in a famous Crime series TV programme and Peter does the soundtrack for the programme.
As you can expect Peter wasn't expecting this, so much so that he drops his towel when he finds out and we see all. This shock sends him into a deep depression, after three weeks of moping around and feeling sorry for himself what's better than to go on holiday to Hawaii to cheer yourself up!
When he gets to the island he realises he's made a mistake when he bumps into Sarah who is staying at the same resort with her new boyfriend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) who is a famous British rock star.
Determined not to let her see that she's bothering he decides to stay and have fun. Peter strikes up friendships with many of the hotels staff the receptionist Rachel (Mila Kunis) in particular, with whom he starts to build up a relationship. But is Sarah really over him?
I really enjoyed this movie, its not as good as the directors other films (40 year old virgin and knocked up) this one has a lot more dirty humour (which is a mean feat!) and I found that with a lot of the gags it felt a little forced, and not funny.
I was quite shocked with the flash of Jason Segals Penis, its not something that you normally see in films with the Male sexual organs being something that is more usually an offensive sight, especially more than breasts which are now a common occurrence in teen movies. I feel that these are natural parts of the body and I don't understand the commotion with seeing them in films.
I really like the fact that Peter has to quickly get over his ex, the fact that he meets Rachel is a bonus. They are more suited to each other than Sarah and Peter ever were! I love the character than Russell Brand plays a recovering alcoholic who hasn't drunk for years. I really laughed when the four end up eating together and he ends up drinking because he can't cope with Sarah's jealously, the fact that Peter is now over her and she can't understand it. He plays a quite simple character which is a little bit slow which is quite funny especially when he's talking about his missing flip flops.
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" was released on DVD in the UK in September 2008, billed as a comedy and from the makers of "The 40 year old virgin" and "Knocked Up" it has a certificate rating of 15 and a running time of 107 minutes. I had been aware of the film but until recently hadn't bothered to watch it as I generally find comedies to be hit and miss, however as this was on sale on Amazons website for just £2.99 I figured it wasn't much of a price to pay for the film. Now that I have seen it this is my film only review of this title.
Peter (Jason Segel) has been with his girlfriend - Sarah (Kristen Bell) for 5 years, she is a television actress in a crime series and he is a music composer for the show. He seems content in the relationship and is in the comfy period where he has let himself go a little; his weight has crept up and he no longer dresses to impress. Sarah, however has to maintain her image for the show and has differing thoughts about their relationship and so decides to tell Peter that she wants to split up. She has a new boyfriend - Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) who is the opposite of Peter; he is the lead singer in a rock band, is successful and is at the peak of his career and living the rock n roll lifestyle.
Peter is of course devastated and did not see the split coming; he wallows in self pity and depression and finally makes the decision to visit the Hawaiian island that Sarah had always wanted to go to. Figuring that a holiday in the sun would buck him back up he jets off to Hawaii for a much needed break, all is going well until he sees Sarah and her new boyfriend Aldous checking in to the same hotel...
We follow Peter as he tries to rebuild his life despite having his ex-girlfriend around, we see him make friends with new people and make some decisions about what he wants to do with his life when he returns home after his holiday. Of course there will be complications and things may not run smoothly for Peter, Sarah or her new boyfriend but it will certainly be a break that none of them will ever forget.
Even though romantic comedies are not generally my 'thing' I actually really enjoyed this film and found it to be both funny and engaging. It avoided the usual clichés that tend to crop up and even though it was predictable it still managed to raise plenty of laughs from me. Written by and starring Jason Segel and using real life experiences to draw from Segel gives a credible performance as the hard-done-by Peter and his situation is one that I for one could relate to. I'm sure many of us have gone through break-ups we weren't expecting and even though flying off to Hawaii and having lots of adventures may not have actually happened to us in real life a break-up is always tough on all concerned and the aftermath is always a difficult period in someone's life.
Kirsten Bell gave a fine performance as the title character and utterly shallow Sarah and to be honest I actually wondered what Peter ever saw in her in the first place as she seemed thoroughly unlikeable and controlling to me. Even Russell Brand who I generally can't stand comes across well and he played the role of Aldous as an extension of his own larger than life character without being quite as manic as I was expecting and dreading. The other notable performance worth mentioning is that of Mila Kunis as Rachel, the hotel receptionist who befriends Peter. Quirky and unafraid she gives a fine performance and is someone who you could warm too, I liked her in this and she was probably my favourite character in the whole film.
The scenery of Hawaii was stunning I have to say, and the film exploited its gorgeous settings to the max, beautiful beaches and clear blue skies and sea gave a lovely backdrop to the action and I found myself mentally booking a holiday there. Hawaii is now high up on the list of places I want to visit thanks to this film!
Being a comedy from the makers of "Knocked Up" and "The 40 year old virgin" there are some crude references and plenty of sexual innuendos that are quite tame in comparison to the other films, but if jokes about willies and sex are not your thing then you may be offended. Speaking of willies (as you do) I suppose I should mention that Jason Segel does appear full frontal nude on a couple of occasions, despite the film being made in 2008 and it is now 2010 this apparently is considered 'shocking' to some and this is demonstrated by a discussion on the IMDB message board that has over 300 comments about whether the sight of Segel's penis was appropriate or not. Given the fact that about half of the world's population actually *have* a penis and the other half have probably seen one I personally don't understand the fuss that these couple of scenes have generated but if nudity is a concern to you then you may want to avert your eyes a couple of times.
Penises aside, the film has plenty of funny moments, is well acted and set in gorgeous scenery. For me it was a bloke's rom com that didn't go down the obvious schmaltzy path that tends to be the norm for this genre. It did feel a little slow in the middle but picked up pace towards the end and overall I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It has been well received on IMDB coming out with a 7.4/10 rating from over 68000 voters and even dooyooers have given the film an overall rating of 4/5 stars.
4/5 dooyoo stars is the score that I would award this film and given the fact that you can pick up a copy of the film from Amazon for just £2.99 makes this a bargain buy that should definitely cheer up any dark evening. Highly recommended by me and a film that I would watch again; thanks for reading my review!
Jason Segel plays Peter Bretter, a music composer for television serials who after after five years of a relationship with the star of the show Peter writes the score for Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), she tells him that she is breaking up with him. Heartbroken and devastated, Peter tries to have a string of one-night stands, but eventually comes to realise it's not working. His stepbrother played by Bill Hader tells him to take his mind off it and take a vacation to Hawaii. There he meets and instantly takes a shining to the receptionish Rachel (Mila Kunis). But things take a turn for the worst when it turns out Sarah and her new boyfriend, English rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) have decided to spend time at the same resort. As Peter's relationship with Rachel begins to blossom, he has to confront his ever-lingering feelings towards Sarah.
I have to say, first, that I don't like Russell Brand. I have never really been a fan of his stand up comedy. But when I saw him in this, dreading the worst, it turned out he wasn't so bad at all. In fact, he's a much better actor than he is stand up and I found his character to be really funny and really enjoyable. The last few years have been really strong for Jason Segel, what with his roles on I Love You, Man, Knocked Up and How I Met Your Mother and his role in Sarah Marshall is definitely another strong point in his career. He manages the heartbreak and comedy mix really well, making you laugh while also making you feel really bad for the character, which is a pretty hard thing to do successfully, so good job for Jason.
The story is very tried-and-trusted but it works best that way, and it does a great job of taking that classic love story and twisting around a bit, adding in dozens of laughs, and some great characters. With minor roles by Bill Hader, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd, the laughs are certain to be strong and frequent. At its heart, it's rom-com, for guys, and through all of its comedy is a really sweet love story.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 film staring Russell Brand (Aldous), Kristen Bell (Sarah), Jason Segal (Peter) and Mila Kunis (Rachel).
Peter who's a composer and Sarah who presents an American crime TV show are in a long term relationship but Sarah decides that she can no longer oput up with Peter's habbits and declares that she is leaving him.
Peter finds it hard to get over Sarah and after a few nights out he decides to go on holiday to Hawaii and goes to a hotel his ex Sarah had once mentioned. When he arrives he bumps into his ex Sarah and her new British Rock Star boyfriend Aldous. Feeling sorry for him the receptionist Rachel gives him the best room. Peter starts the holiday lonely and drinking by himself but eventuaslly becomes friendly with Rachel and both Sarah and Peter develop their new relationships.
I'm not going to say anymore about the story so I don't spoil it if you haven't seen it.
In my opinion the film was funny at times but if you find Russell Brand annoying you'll find this film annoying! The film is definately for adults (cert 15) due to some of the strong language. Overall the story seems to flow well and there were some good laughs, worth a watch when it's on TV.
The film lasts 118 minutes.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall was released in 2008 and was directed by Nicolas Stoller.
The film is about composer Peter, a nice guy with a big heart, who is has been madly in love with girlfriend Sarah, an actress, for five years. That is until Sarah dumps him, Peter is absolutely distraught and after he spends to much time feeling sorry for his self his step brother, Brian, suggests Peter take some time out for himself away form all the memories of Sarah and go on holiday to Hawaii.
When Peter arrives at the resort in Oahu he is gob smacked and hurt to see his beloved ex Sarah with her new boyfriend, English rocker, Aldous. To make matters worse Sarah and Aldous are all over each other, and poor, depressed Peter starts moping around until the beautiful, kind hotel receptionists, Rachel invites him out on a date to a luau.
Soon Peter forgets all about his ex and starts having a great time with Rachel, He and Rachel even has dinner with Sarah and Aldous. Sarah soon realises that shes made a mistake being with Aldous, who is amorous to just about anyone, at first Sarah thought Aldous was amazing and wanted to have some fun as she thought Peter was tedious and too uptight, but when she sees Peter having a great time with Rachel, she realises she has misjudged him.
Sarah tries to get Peter back, but it may be too late as Peter is falling for new love Rachel.
Will Sarah win back Peters heart? What about Rachel?
This film is brilliant, its extremely humorous and full of wit. I was surprised at Russell Brands acting skills, he was very good, and the part suited him very well, in fact it is just the way he appears in real life.
The cast includes.....
Jason Segel as Peter Bretter
Kirsten Bell as Sarah Marshall
Mila Kuins as Rachel Jansen
Russel Brand as Aldous Snow
If you love comedies than I would definitely recommend this film, its very cleverly written and acted and jam packed full of laughs.
Peter (Jason Segal) is a musical score writer for television, he lives with the star of an acclaimed television crime show, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), one day Sarah returns home and tells Peter its over, he's let himself go and she no longer loves him.
Peter tries to get back on the dating scene with disastrous results and then remembers a relaxing hotel Sarah told him of in Hawaii, he decides to retreat there and mend his broken heart.
Unfortunately on arrival, he is helped by the delightful Rachel (Mila Kunis) at the reservations desk but spots Sarah Marshall with her new boyfriend the pop star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), Rachel takes pity on Peter and finds him a room, but the next few weeks become very uncomfortable for everyone as Peter gets close to Rachel and everyone struggles to avoid each other.
Will Peter manage to forget Sarah Marshall, will he and Rachel find love, this and many other questions are answered in this enjoyable genre comedy.
Jason Segel ... Peter Bretter
Kristen Bell ... Sarah Marshall
Mila Kunis ... Rachel Jansen
Russell Brand ... Aldous Snow
Bill Hader ... Brian Bretter
Liz Cackowski ... Liz Bretter
Maria Thayer ... Wyoma
Jack McBrayer ... Darald
Taylor Wily ... Kimo
Davon McDonald ... Dwayne the Bartender
Steve Landesberg ... Dr. Rosenbaum
Jonah Hill ... Matthew the Waiter
Paul Rudd ... Chuck
Kala Alexander ... Greg
Kalani Robb ... Helpful Hawaiian Waiter
This is a very likeable film, Segal follows up his work on television to make a really appealing lead character, while Russell Brand in particular is really good as Aldous Snow, he brings a level of his own character to the role added to a sex crazed innocent, which fits the films ethic perfectly.
Other stand out characters include the excellent Jonah Hill as an Aldous Snow obsessed waiter who is extremely keen on the man and Paul Rudd as a forgetful Surfing instructor.
The romantic leads in the film are excellent too, Kristen Bell is good as Sarah Marshall, for once proving a leading lady can be as unlikeable as a love cheat as any leading man, while Mila Kunis is adorable as Rachel, the girl you really want Peter to find happiness with.
The film is romantic, funny and has laugh out loud lines to burn, the location is amazing and its a funny, charming film that doesn't pull any punches, its a 4 out of 5 film for me and is well worth checking out.
The DVD is £2.98 via Amazon and is well worth checking out.