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Quint can't forget SARAH MARSHALL!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I have seen a ton of movies over the last few days, but have been slacking on posting any reviews because… well, I’m just tired. I’ve been going almost non-stop since Sundance in January, so I’ve been getting a full night’s sleep for the last few days. Now I’m back on the wagon and ready to play catch up. Bring it on! I know it’s not an indie flick, but FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL was one of my most anticipated movies at SXSW just because I am such an unapologetic fanboy of everything Judd Apatow has a hand in. When I did the big interview with the cast, director and producer one of the first things I picked up on was the energy of all those individuals gathered together as a whole. Jokes were started by one person and ended by another, a comedic back and forth that was electric in person and what I hoped translated to the finished film. And it did. Likable is probably the one word I’d use to describe the film. Everything about it is likable. Jason Segel is likable, Mila Kunis is unbelievably likable (and sexier than I expected… and let me tell you, I expected sexy), the story, the direction, the pacing… it all flows effortlessly. Now, I will say that the movie doesn’t feel as fresh as either KNOCKED UP or SUPERBAD, but the laughs are just as fast and furious. Yeah, Mila Kunis, Jason Segel, Bill Hader and Kristen Bell are all great, as expected, but what made me really happy was the supporting cast being so funny. All the bit players like 30 ROCK’s Jack McBrayer, the Hawaiian residents like the awesome fat dude that has the “Are those sad tissues or happy tissues?” , the cameos like Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd… they all are top notch, adding detail to what could be a one note movie. “Average guy has a hard break-up with his celebrity girlfriend. He escapes to Hawaii to get over her and ends up staying at the same resort as her.” Not an overly complicated set-up, but that’s not a bad thing. That’s Apatow’s group’s secret. Kids need to get beer. One night stand turns into a pregnancy. A 40 Year Old Man has not had sex. It’s always the character work and the willingness to unashamedly go for the raunchy joke that gives the Apatow group it’s personality and FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL has that personality. And heart, which is another key component to Apatow’s comedy formula. No one really steals the movie. Jack McBrayer and Russell Brand come close, however it’s not a one-person show. Everybody has their moment. Kunis is funny, but she really becomes the sweetheart of the flick. Segel shows he can carry a film. And I think Russell Brand will become a household name in the very near future. And let’s not forget credit for director Nick Stoller. I know that people like Stoller and Greg Mottola often get overlooked on these projects, which are always more associated with Judd Apatow than with the directors, but Stoller deserves a lot of props for shaping this film. The audience was in love with this movie… It showed at the Paramount Theater here in Austin. While it’s not the most comfortable theater to watch a movie in, it is a grand old movie palace, complete with balcony and Abraham Lincoln box seats, that sits something like 1600 people. Hearing that many people howling with laughter is amazing and it was one of those comedy screenings where you couldn’t hear the dialogue for about 15 seconds after the big laughs. It was a great experience and one that will fit comfortably on the DVD shelf with the string of awesome Apatow productions. -Quint

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  • March 14, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Jason Segel

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    He was awesome in Undeclared. That is all.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Forgetting Sarah Marshall News

    by LoopyDAVE76

    'nuff said

  • March 14, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    And I think Russell Brand will become a household name in the ve

    by Grando

    "And I think Russell Brand will become a household name in the very near future". Words that should strike fear into any right minded individual.....

  • March 14, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Eh, glad someone brought it up

    by ChanceMinter

    Somehow Apatows movies are very weak as far as real story goes, but are filled with so much heart, and are cast so perfectly, they become golden. Its almost like magic how these guys do it, and I'm glad someone else has brought it up. Can't wait for this flick and Pineapple Express. Apatow's got an extremely talented, and fun group of friends.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Sounds as bland and unforgettable as...

    by Tourist

    ...the trailer and pre-release promotion made it out to be. If the guys who live to drink Apatow sperm are using "likeable" and "no one really stands out", you know normals are going to find it kind of ho hum to bad.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Isn't this the Muppet Guy...?

    by superduper3000

    I think it is. Isn't the guy behind this going to write/direct a new Muppet movie? From what I hear, Marshall loves its own puppets dearly... could be fun! <BR> <BR>

  • March 14, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    The hard truth about this movie

    by applescruff

    It's not very good. Both this and Walk Hard (which I disliked more than most people, granted) are a step down from Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad. Fear not, Apatow fans. I have also already seen Pineapple Express and regardless of what you think about this or Walk Hard, that one's gonna knock you on your ass with laughter. Thanks to James Franco and Danny MacBride (who, incidentally will also rock everyone in Foot Fist Way and Tropic Thunder. Represent)

  • March 14, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Forget Sarah Marshall!

    by thebearovingian

    At least until the movie actually comes out. No more reviews until then.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    The Trailer

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    That trailer was awful. The music seemed like it was from one of those fake trailers that make movies like The Shining sound like comedies. I'll probably dig the movie, though.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    apatow is like john hughes

    by stephen brown

    Give him time and all films will be classics - peace out playas

  • March 14, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    I bet this movie bombs.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Or I hope so. I haven't seen it yet, and I'm already sick of it.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    It's pretty good

    by Vern

    I'm not gonna review it but I saw it and laughed alot. It's not as consistent as SUPERBAD and KNOCKED UP and the story is a little more generic romantic-comedy, but the cast is great and the jokes keep coming and I thought it was real funny. The Russell Brand guy I understand is some kind of spazzo idiot comic but I agree with Quint, he was actually very funny in this movie. Overall I thought it was much better than WALK HARD (which was only okay).<p> PINEAPPLE EXPRESS is the one I'm really looking forward to, though.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    If Bell's in it...

    by optimus122

    I am there..that little tight stomach and hard but lean little legs...omg I wanna make love long time to her...

  • March 14, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    So, who's going to review "Wisegal"?

    by tonagan

    Alyssa Milano, you little minx, stop taunting me up there in the right hand corner.

  • March 14, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Planty McPlant

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    "Knocked Up" was a borefest par excellence.<p>"Superbad" was okay but not great.<p>Judd Apatow & Seth Rogen are definitely overrated.

  • March 14, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    You can't stop the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Express...

    by Pennsy

    You can only hope to contain it ($1 to Dan Patrick), and even that's not happening. Now all we need is for Kristen to host Saturday Night Live on April 19 and my month is made.

  • March 14, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    If it's not better than Knocked Up

    by random dude

    ...then it gets 0/10

  • March 14, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Russell Brand is in this??

    by MrJJonz

    Then that is one great reason for never ever watching this. I really really dislike that guy and refuse to watch anything that he is in. I really can't fathom why he seems to have become the next big thing. Hopefully it won't last long

  • March 14, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Applescruff - Tropid

    by the podosphere

  • March 14, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Applescruff - Tropic Thunder

    by the podosphere

    AKA Galaxy Quest in a jungle???

  • March 14, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I like Knocked Up and Loved Superbad


    So if this is as good as Knocked up that's cool, plus I hope Russel Brand does good he is a very funny guy and studied the acting so hopefully he's got a bit more than just 'Russel the skinny goth Tranny to him' or is that his character in this?

  • March 14, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Russell Brand

    by the podosphere

    I watched his interview on iesb and I will give him this - he knows the "yes, and" rule of improv.

  • March 14, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    If the year was 1973 and we had Led Zeppelin

    by the podosphere

    talkback, regulars to this site would be shitting all over Bob and Jimmy.

  • March 14, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Forget Judd Apatow!

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    So overrated....

  • March 14, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Russell Brand radio show

    by Rolnikov

    Kristen Bell was on Russell Brand's BBC2 radio show this week, if anyone's interested, talking a bit about the movie - it'll be available on the BBC website for the rest of the week.

  • March 14, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST


    by Rolnikov

    Sorry, I meant his BBC Radio 2 show.

  • March 14, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by krish-0

    "Aint it Forgetting Sarah Marshall News"? Congratulations on making a joke that has already been made 5000 times on this site. How's that working out for you? Being so clever, I mean.

  • March 14, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Russel Brand

    by Babyshamble

    is hilarious, his radio 2 show gets made into a podcast that you can get off itunes and it's brilliant. His stand up is awesome too. I can see why he annoys people because he's really overexposed in the U.K but if you give his work a chance he might surprise you. And he was nut magazine's shagger of the year! Can't wait for this flick, Jason Segal was genius in freaks and Geeks and undeclared.

  • March 14, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint, did they cut the penises out?

    by i kick tits

    I saw this at a screening and there was SO MUCH penis in this movie. In total, at least a minute of footage of Jason Segel's penis and testicles. I always thought they were going to cut it out before the final release. Did they? I hope not, it was hilarious.

  • March 14, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I already forgot Sarah Marshall...what are we talkin bout?

    by donwillymo

  • March 14, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Let's talk about Rambo!

  • March 14, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Forget Sarah Rambo

    by donwillymo

  • March 14, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    It's not easy. He was like a father to John. <p> Granted, a father who turns his son into a mindless killing machine and sends him on suicide missions, but a father nonetheless.

  • March 14, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Knocked Rambo

    by donwillymo

  • March 14, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The Rambo sex scene was deleted. Otherwise he's still a virgin.

  • March 14, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Ugh to Russell Brand

    by Cat_Corporation

    Here in the UK he's bloody everywhere, and you either love him or hate him. Guess which camp I'm in? Stupid Jack Sparrow wannabe beanpole...

  • March 14, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I haven

    by donwillymo

  • March 14, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    t heard enough of Sarah F*ckin Marshall Today!!!

    by donwillymo

  • March 14, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    wait...he said Superbad was "fresh: ?

    by m_prevette

    It sucked plain and simple. Full of characters you'd run down with a car if you lived next to them. Grabage. I've seen better film on teeth.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Judd Apatow. The guy that pretends to be a girl

    by skywalkerfamily

    All he does is chick flicks!

  • March 14, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I actually like Russell Brand

    by Cedar_Room

    I think he's one of the funniest comedians around at the moment. Think people hate him more for the way he dresses and the lifestyle he leads than anything else. Oh, and probably his Booky Wook which is severely cuntish I'll admit. But I like him, so there.

  • March 14, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

  • March 14, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    No One really steals the movie.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Wow. Seeing how IT'S AN ENSEMBLE PIECE!

  • March 15, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Russell Bland

    by Fixthe Fernback

    His stand up and improv are not really that great and border on the embarrassing. He always goes for the dirty jokes, boring! Noel Fielding pisses on him from a great height. Bring on the Mighty Boosh movie!!!

  • March 15, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Wasn't the biggest Russell Brand fan...

    by Ken Luxury Yacht

    ...till I saw this:

  • March 15, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I can assure you I'm not interested in Mila Kunis'

    by Itchy

    personality. Or Kristen Bells.

  • March 17, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Apatow to date -

    by m_prevette

    40 Year Old Virgin - sucked. Knocked Up - sucked. Superbad - Sucked and swallowed. Freeks and Geeks - couldn't be bothered. Wow he's the most overhyped neo-talent since PT Anderson.