Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Plot: Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know Sarah is traveling to the same resort as her ex, and she is bringing along her new boyfriend.
Rating: M18 for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Stoller's film has an effective screenplay that tells the story in a manner that viewers will find it easy to take in. However, it lacks the incisiveness of Apatow's scripts though it is no less explicit. The story centers on a character that viewers will choose to sympathize - Peter (played by Jason Segel). Peter gets dumped by his girlfriend of many years – Sarah (played by Kristen Bell). He then decides to take a trip to
Forgetting Sarah Marshall has its fair share of crude jokes, some quite sexually explicit. The most memorable and funny sequence involves two couples in adjacent rooms trying to 'outmoan' one another while making love. Although the film plays out like a comedy, its tone feels slightly downcast. It explores themes that teenagers will be able to relate to. What does it mean to be loved by someone? Is love just a fleeting emotion or is it something so deep that only time can fully unravel it? Unless two shots of Segal's manhood in its full glory can tempt you to think otherwise, Forgetting Sarah Marshall still remains a less rewarding alternative to Apatow's gems.
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