Well, my last little mini-review of Hancock was a bit of a travesty with people yelling "Plant! Plant! Plant!". So, here's a little review of a recent screening I attended of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Judd Apatow has produced/directed some of the funniest movies in the past few years, most recently The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad, just to name a few. The 40 Year Old Virgin was one of the funniest movies I'd seen in a while. That movie was the benchmark for me for any film Judd Apatow is affilated with. Knocked Up didn't disappoint but I felt it just wasn't as good or as funny as The 40 Year Old Virgin. Superbad for me was...well...superbad. I didn't get it. Judd didn't write it or direct it, which probably explains why it wasn't as good. So now we come to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, another film that Judd Apatow acts as a producer but doesn't write or direct. The result? A funny ass movie that in some ways rivals Judd's own films. In most cases, when the writer of the screenplay is also the star of the film it usually ends up being a better film. Such is the case with Jason Segel. This guy has great comedic sensibilities...not to mention he has some balls...literally! (once you see the movie you'll understand) He makes you laugh even in scenes that are somewhat serious in nature. Now, this isn't a stroke of genious. The plot is pretty much the same-ole, same-ole shtick: Guy has hot famous girlfriend. Girl dumps guy. Guy ends up on same beach as girl. Guy finds new girl. The difference is that Jason actually manages to find something fresh with it. I've been through a really hard break-up with an ex-girfriend. Muck like Jason's character, Peter, I was in a relationship with someone that lasted 5 years. The break-up was perhaps the lowest point in my life. Boy oh boy did I ever go through a depression. So I know what it's like. As such, I think that's what made this movie so damn funny for me. The things Jason Segel makes fun of is so obvious and hilarious to anyone who has (or knows someone who has) a major break-up. Although Jason Segel obviously gets the most attention in the movie, the rest of the cast really helps drive the movie along. Without them, I doubt the movie would have been as good. I've always been kind of annoyed with Kristen Bell, but I have to admit she did great in this movie. Just like her role in Heroes, the fact that she's annoying to begin with helps in making her character more believable. Never seen or knew who Mila Kunis (Rachel) was before this movie. She did a good job and helped create a good chemistry with Jason's character...nothing more. Bill Hader has a few really funny moments in the movie but definitely isn't as memorable as Jason Segel. However, having Bill Hader there definitely helps in that he bounces things off of Jason pretty good. A couple of other supporting cast members from other Judd related movies make an appearance: Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd. Jonah was ok. He had a few moments in the movie but he did his job in keeping things going. Paul definitely had a few moments that were absolutely hilarious. Did a great job playing a guy who obviously has some serious memory issues due to doing too much pot. In the end, I loved the movie. It's definitely on par with The 40 Year Old Virgin, in some ways it's even funnier. Much like Steve Carrell, there's something very genuine with Jason Segel. Time will tell if Jason will be able to follow up with another movie that's as funny as this one. I hope he does. L8R! Bravado
March 27, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST
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March 27, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST
I am waiting for that movie.
March 27, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST
Sounds like a great movie, unlike the Marshall Tucker Band, which sucked if memory serves.
March 27, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST
But he can't be trusted because he has clearly NEVER seen an episode of That 70's Show!
March 27, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST
March 27, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST
It's everywhere. Billboards, bus shelters, taxi toppers. All pimping ihatesarahmarshall.com. It just seems like such a studio thing to do. What I loved about Knocked Up (more than the movie itself) were the "leaked" clips. James Franco getting fired. Michael Cera arguing with Judd. And, of course, Jonah's Brokeback Mountain rant. It all had a sense of discovery to it. Where's the sense of discover in stumbling across a giant billboard?
March 27, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST
I wish I could, but that hag haunts my nightmares. Now PAULA Marshall ... there's someone worth remembering. Unlike Marshall Crenshaw.
March 27, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST
This guy's review pretty much sums it up. The pacing was good, although the first 15 minutes felt oddly cut together. The laughs were really good the jokes were all well executed and the British Aldus Snow character ends up being funnier and more likable than you'd think. I'll see it again when it comes out. It's right up there with Superbad and 40 Year Old Virgin. Also comparably I think it's as funny as Wedding Crashers.
March 27, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST
March 27, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST
"In most cases, when the writer of the screenplay is also the star of the film it usually ends up being a better film." Hmm. Clearly this guy has never heard of Star Trek V.
March 27, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
....not knowing the hotness that is Mila Kunis. My sympathy goes out to the reviewer.
March 27, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST
There's been no advertising at all for FSM; not on outdoor billboards on I-95 north or south, no bus stop posters, no taxi ads, nothing. We still have side-of-the-bus posters for the fucking 2-months ago Philadelphia Auto Show and Earthlink Wi-Fi. <p> I envy those in NY, LA, Chicago, Dallas, etc who have seen the viral advertising. We're only the 4th largest media market in the nation. Dunno what they're waiting for.
March 27, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
and other publicity for this film are not doing the film itself justice I hope. I am holding out judgement on the film until I see it though because I have considered Segal a God ever since he spoke/sang "Lady" in Freaks and Geeks, and he was definitely the best part of undeclared which is a hard accomplishment since that sow was amazing. Fingers crossed on this one everybody.
March 27, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST
March 27, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST
LMAO - she said that during an interview for IGN.com at WonderCon last month.
March 27, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST
photo gallery - you'll forget all about Mila Kunis in a heartbeat. Even in a *labcoat*, of all things, Kristen Bell just radiates five-alarm hotness.
March 27, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
by I Dunno
Look, her new sitcom just started! Whoops, it was canceled. That one almost made it to the first commercial break.
March 27, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
Or Family Guy? Well, I can understand him not connecting the dots that Mila Kunis is a voice in Family Guy. But still - That '70s Show - NEVER seen an episode? Wow.
March 27, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
never tried to get booze when you were underage?Never had a crush on a girl?Never got period stains on your pants?
March 27, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
She is cursed, isn't she ? I mean, how can someone that hot not ever get a regular show ? Someone even had the genius to team her up with equally hot Gina Gershon, and their show STILL didn't survive 5 episodes. Inexplicable. I think Paula Marshall and Carla Gugino must have the same agent.
March 27, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
a little ironic switcharoo.
March 27, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST
March 27, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST
"Making sex crimes a little sexier." Lol...I wasn't thrilled about all the "I hate Sarah Marshall" billboards, but that website is hilarious.
March 27, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST
by I Dunno
I'll be in my bunk.
March 27, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST
by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran
i thought us talkbackers successfully booed these sarah marshall reviews away? Again i ask, what are the producers paying for this coverage?
March 27, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
Im not fucking joking! http://www.cinematical.com/2008/03/27/children-of-men-becoming-a-tv-show/
March 27, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST
I'd probably guess ficus, or maybe azalea. But most definitely not a larch.
March 27, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST
Jason Segel, Kristen Bell and probably Bill Hader (even though he is still on it) to host: Judd Apatow Presents - Saturday Night LIVEEEEE!!!!
March 27, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST
by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran
March 27, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST
Someone had to say both things so I figured it should be me. Planty McPlantsalot! And it's TOO SOON!!
March 27, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST
Don't get me wrong I liked him just fine in Superbad, very funny. But he seems to be in everything every month, and it's the same thing over and over. I saw Rocket Science a week ago and wasn't expecting to see him. Or even in Walk Hard, a role where a Will Ferrell cameo would have been absolutely appropriate.
March 27, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST
$1 to Monty Python.
March 27, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST
So travis and I were at the mall hanging out in the food court throwing french fries in the fountain when some chick came up to us and asked us if we wanted to see a free movie. <br><br>well, i didnt have to be nowhere, and travis was supposed to pick up his little brother in an hour, but he figured the little shit could wait another hour, plus he still owes us for telling travis's mom that he caught travis smoking the other day anyway. <br><br>So anyway, I was hoping the movie was gonna be something cool like transformers 2 or something (because other than the gay stuff, the first movie was pretty cool.) but instead it was some chick flick called 'forgetting sarah marshall' <br><br> I was pretty bummed at first, but the movie turned out to be pretty cool, i guess. except that part in the beginning when the chick was breaking up with the main dude, and he was naked the whole time. that was pretty gay, and i looked over and travis was watching it the whole time! like, he didnt even look away! what a queer! <br><br> anyway just like in my last review of 'adventureland' (go read that talk back if you want to keep up and collect all my writings, i did one on the 'day of the dead' talkback too... im like all over the net, just like that dude that screams about britney spears on youtube.) anyway that dude who was the cop in superbad was in this movie too! and thats pretty cool. He should probably be in transformers 2 also. <br><br>anyway, for a free movie it was pretty cool i guess, and travis's brother wasnt even ready yet when we finally went to go get him. what a little shit.<br><br>as always, if you use this call me "shake and bake" <br>til next time!
March 27, 2008, 2 p.m. CST
As Mila Kunis played Brad's Space Camp girlfriend "Luna"
March 27, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST
Heh heh! Love the "We Are Marshall" reference. Forgot about the Aldus Snow. Yeah, he's funny as hell...especially when he sings. That "In You" song is a riot! Didn't know that Mila was in "That 70s Show". I'll be honest, I didn't keep up with "That 70s Show". Regarding the plant remarks, Harry has my e-mail, knows my real name, where I work, and all that. I'm a web developer and don't work for any movie company or anything related to it. :)
March 27, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST
She's in Philly! I was on my lunch hour at work and I went to where they're filming 'The Dream of the Romans'. They were between takes and she was nice. Hotter in person than on TV. And if she were married, she would zoom to the top of the MILF list. :) <p> Then I had to go back to work...
March 27, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST
;) Thanks for the review, Bravado.
March 27, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST
I was starting to think there would never be any news on this site about Forgetting Sarah Marshall
March 27, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST
Thank goodness. I nearly lost my will to read AICN.
March 27, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST
by the podosphere
Still looking forward to the flick tho.
March 27, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST
Um. It was pretty complex and all...
March 27, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST
I love the Apatow circle. I even loved THE TV SET, which got, like, no attention. But DRILLBIT TAYLOR sucked major ass. YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN looks like shit also. Come on, Judd, don't sell out. Don't put your name on EVERYTHING. It becomes hard to trust the pure projects that you actually give a shit about when your name no longer stands for quality.
March 27, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST
that looks like shit
March 27, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST
Plain and simple. My god people think that horrid piece of shit was entertaining????
March 27, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST
Another talented artist who puts out way too much product and ends up watering down what should be an incredible catalog.
March 27, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST
Knocked Up sucked ass too, really fucking boring.
March 27, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST
They're not hysterically funny. If you go in expecting a laugh riot, you're probably gonna be disappointed. What sets them apart is the heart they show. If you didn't feel something when Seth looked back at Evan as he went down the escalator with his dream girl, well, I don't know what to tell you. Go rent a Three Stooges compilation, I guess.
March 27, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST
I can't wait for the next 75,000 reviews for the movie to come in! GONNA BE SWEET! Surprised that there was only like 5 Drillbit whatever reviews. Maybe Harry is only fucking Johna Hill and not Jude Apatow? Wait then there would have been a Strange Wilderness review, did anyone in the entire world see that movie? Well anyways, looking forward to more reviews!
March 27, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST
Someone had to go there.
March 27, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST
Watched the whole thing last night. It's SuperBad for a slightly younger audience. Great moment when the kid's step dad busts in on him on the phone at 3 am the night before the first day of high school. That step dad character was hilarious. The movie is decent but the bully character kindof made me sick after a while- like a young, evil John Cusack.
March 27, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST
by random dude
March 27, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST
March 27, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST
So I can contribute what would be my first review to AICN. But there was a URL for a site that was dedicated to advance screenings, and I lost it. There appeared to be one at the Ritz Bourse last Thursday that I had no idea about. Anybody's help would be appreciated.
March 27, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST
will make bundles of money the first weekend, then come Monday word of mouth will spread to avoid this piece of excrement. Hulk Smash!
March 27, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST
I mean, seriously, it's not going to be Second Becky or Britney Spears.
March 27, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST
she was one of the few bright spots in Heroes' craptastic second season, and Veronica Mars was a great little detective show that came to an end way too soon. plus, she's not hard on the eyes, either. Bravado is either a moron or a faggot. or both. i'm guessing both.
March 27, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
March 27, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST
Seriously. Usually it takes a while to determine whether or not you can trust someone's reviews depending on how their taste matches up with yours. But really that's all I need to know. I didn't bother reading the rest.
March 27, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST
by Fa Fa Fooey
Quantity does not equal quality, and that's where some of you get confused. He made funny films with Virgin and Knocked Up. Superbad was completely overrated. Yes, I know it was for today's generation of kids, which is odd then considering all the 70s references and songs in it. His other films are just plain mediocre.
March 27, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST
OK, I don't think you're a plant anymore, you're the Slang-O-Tron 9000 that hasn't had any software updates since Clueless premiered.
March 28, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST
From 3-14-08: Cpt. Wiggin Considers FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL!! Merrick here... Cpt. Wiggin sent in this look at FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, whose writer/director were just announced as the makers of the new Muppet movie. FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL opens April 18. I haven't seen it, myself, but I'm hearing consistently good things about it. Here's Cpt. Wiggin... Hi Harry, It's Cpt. Wiggin, the "plant" according to some forums for my Never Back Down review a few weeks back :) Caught an early screening of Forgetting Sarah Marshall a while ago and thought I'd "implant" my thoughts into the minds of millions, if interested. I'll begin by stating the obvious fact that any film finding itself within Judd Apatow's grasp is pure golden whether it be writing, directing or in this case producing. The man is undeniably the Comedic Mythical Midas of our day in a world where the Farrelly Brothers are slipping dramatically in their game flick by flick and Jay Roach is nowhere to be found. Can't wait for Pineapple Express and Year One. Peter’s girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, is unquestioningly eons out of his league as a TV celebrity star with he as a simple dramatic musical tone composer for tv shows (like the DUN! DUN! in between transitions from Law and Order). Then one day she dumps him. And like what happens to all us silly human beings when dumped in serious relationships we based much of our self worth and meaning on, he’s crushed. But instead of popping happy pills and flying kites he decides at the approval of a pediatric doctor to go buck wild and screw everything with breath. Then when exhausted and still unfulfilled, he settles on escaping to the Hawaiian Islands for a time of re-finding himself and emotional restoration in a touchy feely Hallmark moment kinda way. Only problem is Sarah decides to reappear in his life with her new wankster wackadoo rockstar Brit of a boyfriend (who ultimately ends up being the funniest lad in the film I thought) as they reside in the neighboring room at the same hotel. Life sucks. Jason Segal (writer and main lead) took an opposite approach as his supporting role in Knocked Up. Rarely do leads who wrote their own script succeed on the level he did in this movie. (Zach Braff comes to mind) I thought he was great. His performance is believable as a seriously broken dude whose heart was eloquently tossed into a blender and is desperate for restoration. And he balances the humor with emotion with ease. He’ll most definitely score some future lead role kudos with this one. I’m officially a Kristen Bell fan. Haven't yet had the pleasure of diving into Heroes, nor have I seen any movies starring her though her early role as the "Record Executives Daughter" in Pootie Tang sounds inspirational to say the least, nonetheless, she pulled her weight well as the gorgeous famous Sarah Marshall. Mila Kunis from that 70’s Show was also excellent as the hotel employee/love interest who slowly mends Peter’s heart back into exquisite tranquility. I love the fact that the females in these flicks, aside from serving as gorgeously yummy eye candy, have actual brains accompanied with genuinely unique personalities as opposed to the simple one dimensional softhead bimbo hottie approach. I won't name names. *cough* Eva Mendez *cough* The presence of intelligence makes them that much more alluring and interesting. But I could have done without the wang excursion parades. I fear with the recent Dewey Cox and Bart Simpson full frontal exposures, comedy filmmakers are believing this adds quality to the humor. I wholeheartedly disagree, cartoon or not. Save it for gay porn. Anyway, are there clichés? Yes. A typical formula where prediction is fairly simple? Si. But welcome to the world of raunchy romantic comedy where dang near every remotely clever idea has been exhausted and stretched every which way but loose. I mean honestly, how many different kind of unique spins, formulas and remakes can you really do with these kinds of films these days? That being said, I never rag on a movie with clichés if it works and everything else excels. We watch movies ultimately to be entertained correct? Not nitpickingly dissect every little aspect like some Bio 101 fetal pig. Each actor played their part perfectly. The one liner deliveries are flawless and excessive. That guys bad! I saw him beat another guys ass with a starfish once! For some reason silly lines like those kill me. There’s priceless cameos all throughout including the best one during the ending credits. And Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock is hilarious as a newly wed unsure of how to please his wife while acting as gay as some cross dressing flamer riding a float in the middle of a gay pride parade in downtown San Francisco singing Better The Devil You Know karaoke. Although this movie hasn’t dethroned Superbad on my personal hierarchy, I enjoyed it more than Knocked Up and just as much as 40 Year Old Virgin. Stamp of approval. Peace/east G’s. ------------------------------ Word for word? ALMOSTLOL
March 28, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST
I like Bell, but I can absolutely see where someone might find her annoying. I was borderline a lot during her tenure on Veronica. And I'm both smart AND straight. By the way, tossing out the word "faggot" definitely makes your point cogent and thoughtful. I'm sure you, yourself, are not at all a moron. In case your mommy's not around to tell you, that's sarcasm.
March 28, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST
I just saw this during the week. What an awful movie! The best thing about it is the opening credits! (and then the mom's cleavage!!) Maybe I'm just getting old....
March 28, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST
I just read your entire post with the voice of donny baker
March 28, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST
Bell is cardboard in this, she's your regular cut out and keep and stick in a movie cardboard girl. The real surprise here was Russell Brand as British rocker Snow. He won me over. The yoga sex, the pants and the singing. Lifted the flick.
March 28, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST
to limited role in Knocked Up. Barney gets deservedly most of the attention and credit as the hilarious rogue, but Segel subtly but surely steals scenes from Barney, Ted and even Allyson Hannigan, no mean feet, and has rapidly become my favorite part of the show.
March 28, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST
...loses any and all credibility they may have ever had.
March 28, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST
wow, a mommy crack. you truly are a master of witty and clever barbs. you really put me in my place there, champ. and in case YOU can't tell, THAT is sarcasm. but i'm not being sarcastic when i urge you to please go suck a bag of dicks.
March 28, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST
...it would have been much more credible (he's a schlub but a cute schlub, unlike the fat ugly Seth Rogen). So I'll probably see this film, even though like aquatarkusman I'm also sick of the Apatow Circle (especially Jonah Hill, who should not have the career he has - he sucked on SNL). Segel is the only somewhat mildly interesting thing about the lame "How I Met Your Mother" (I mean, apart from the great and powerful NPH), and this movie actually looks "cute." I'm also interested to see Russell Brand make a fool of himself - as with the awful Steve Coogan and even worse James Nesbitt, he's one of those Brits whose enormous popularity at home completely stymies me.
March 29, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST
I wasn't really looking to waste my best material on a guy whose TB counter-post includes "faggot". Tell you what: when YOU bring your A game, so will I. Your A game not including a joke you ripped off from Louis CK.