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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Struggling musician peter bretter (jason segel) has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star sarah marshall (kristen bell). Hes the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speeches. But his world is rocked when she dumps him...


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 208442497
UPC 025195038881
UPC 14 00025195038881
Format DVD
Release Date 9/30/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Jason Segel did the best favor an actor can do for himself: He wrote a funny screenplay with an ideal role for you-know-who, and then he got really lucky on the timing. Segel's breakthrough movie, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," deserves to ride the wave of the latest, hottest micro-trend in pictures: the romantic comedy for guys...This is what Judd Apatow, who produced "Sarah Marshall," has brought to movies in the past few years: "40-Year-Old Virgin"? For guys. "Knocked Up"? Face it: It was a guy movie. So was "Superbad." These movies take a genre usually pitched to a female audience but then add sex, a touch of gross-out humor and - most important - a healthy dose of male vulnerability. Like its predecessors, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is a smart comedy that trades on social embarrassment and shows love from the standpoint of male insecurity...If there's anything bad to be said about "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," it's nothing about the movie itself but rather about the notion of male-oriented romantic comedies in general. The fact that Aldous is presented with more depth than any of the women is symptomatic. Right now in America, all the active genres cater to a male audience: action, sci-fi, adventure, crime, etc. If romantic comedy goes that way, too, our actresses may have to emigrate to Europe to find a decent role.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
Review The broken-hearted Forgetting Sarah Marshall runs into the same snags Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston encountered when they suffered through The Break-Up in 2006. It's tough for anyone to scrape together laughs from a painful separation, particularly one that sends our main character into a debilitating, melancholic funk. And so it's no surprise that this eventually uproarious comedy only attains full swagger after discarded Peter (Jason Segel) proceeds with what the title tells him to do...Segel almost rivals Seth Rogen for top horse in Apatow's comedic stable. The Segel/Apatow relationship stretches back to the 1999 television comedy Freaks and Geeks...Other Marshall cameos spring from Apatow's varsity team. Jonah Hill (Superbad) stalks the male leads as a creepy waiter. Paul Rudd (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) amuses without trying too hard as a burned-out surf instructor...The rest of the Marshall cast has television roots...I mention this because you notice that the Marshall cast consists of television-sized personalities. The performances are serviceable, but no actor swells enough to fill Stoller's screen. In fact, if you end up quoting anyone from the picture, it will be the randy Brand. Thanks to his sharp delivery, almost all of his lines are ones you won't soon forget.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Rated R, Unrated, No Longer Produced
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Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Sarah Marshall has all the ingredients of the Apatow brand.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald ...terrifically funny and, for a few brief moments, poignant.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews There's a wit in Segel's writing that marks him as every bit Apatow's equal in this arena.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...worth seeing just for the banter between Segel and Hader, which recalls the peak conversational riffs from "Knocked Up."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A raucous ride through one man's pain.
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