Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Release year: 2008
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Screenwriter: Jason Segel
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Jack McBrayer, Taylor Wily
When Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is dumped by his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), he goes on vacation in Hawaii to try to forget her. Unfortunately, Sarah is not only on vacation on the same island at the same time, and with her new boyfriend famous singer Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), she is staying at the same hotel, making it difficult for Peter to get over Sarah Marshall.
This comedy written by Segel (Bad Teacher, 2011), who also stars in it, manages what few comedies manage; it gives you three dimensional characters and a wonderful blend of realism and comedy. What at first appears to be a comedy in the usual style as seen in recent years soon turn out to be a bittersweet look at break ups, love, and life. When Peter meets sweet receptionist Rachel (a charming and beautiful Mila Kunis, Friends With Benefits, 2011) it is as if the heart of the movie starts pumping, giving extra life to the story and the characters. Refreshingly, the characters are not divided into bad and good, just like in real life they all have their plusses and minusses. The casting of the movie is brilliant, but where it really excells is in the writing; Segel has managed to create characters that in the superb hands of the cast comes alive and steals your heart away for a couple of hours. In fact, the combination of Segel’s writing and Brand’s acting, made Aldous Snow popular enough for him to get his own spin off in Get Him to the Greek (2010). Segel himself manages to show the vulnerability of his character without making us ever lose our respect, creating an antihero with a huge heart that has us rooting for him throughout the movie.The chemistry between the cast is fantastic and the scenery beautiful, while the storyline, taking us from awkward dinner scenes to coral incidents, stoned forgetful surfers (Paul Rudd (Role Models, 2008) charmingly dumb as Chuck) and a young newlywed couple struggling with their sexlife, is highly entertaining and delivers some of the best comedy in recent years.
As his character in the movie, Jason Segel, prior to becoming an actor tried writing a musical adaption of Dracula with puppets.
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