Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
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I dislike this movie. I'm guessing it is enjoyable for many people and I believe that I ought to have known before watching it that it would not appeal to me - just personal taste.
I do NOT like Jason Segel, I can only tolerate him in "how I met your mother", and even that is probably only possible thanks to his great co-stars and because he really fits the role. Additionally, Russell Brand and I really don't seem to have the same opinion about what's funny and what's just stupid - and this movie was no exception.
All in all I could find neither humor nor heart in most of the movie and even Mila Kunis, who was really sweet, could not save it for me. Absolutely not my kind of movie.
Extended (unrated) version or not, Forgetting Sarah Marshall takes it time (the theatrical is 111 minutes, the unrated cut 118, which is rather long for a comedy), but because I laughed several times, and comedy is usually a hard sell for me, I'd say it was worth my time. Jason Segel's script is about a loser (himself) dumped by a famous TV star (Kristen Bell) and who finds himself at a Hawaiian hotel where she and her new rock star boyfriend (Russell Brand, whose character was my favorite), with Mila Kunis in an inevitable romantic comedy role. Plus, loads of recognizable comedy stars in smaller roles. Some of it is formula with an extra dollop of raunchy-ish humor, but a lot of it is quirky and original, with a fun take-down of Hollywood and the music industry, with funny songs and fake television material. And ultimately, there's a lot of truth in the doomed Siegel/Bell relationship. But since Brand stole the show, the long pathetic comedy bits before we get to Hawaii are weakest for me.
Underrated indeed, lots of laughs in this one!
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