Review: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

I was pretty ecstatic to learn that the masterminds of the 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up were in charge in producing Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and after witnessing the slightly favored reviews across the web, I was determined not to miss it. However, the movie didn’t turn out quite well as I expected. The plot sees a struggling musician named Peter Bretter whose heart has been broken by his girlfriend and TV star Sarah Marshall. To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Hawaii, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: Sarah and her tragically hip, new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous. However, fate smiles to Peter as he finds comfort with the beautiful resort employee Rachel, played by none than the very sweet Mila Kunis.

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is funny, though I didn’t find myself laughing at the same guffaw-per-minute rate as the people around me. The acting however was inconstant, sometimes it is quite charming and other times it’s just plain mundane and one-dimensional. Jason Segal (who played Peter) shined in some dramatic moments but I honestly didn’t believe his character to the extent that I couldn’t sympathize with him at all. Mila Kunis however was the real surprise, and she demonstrated her capabilities as a young talented actress. The script has few moments of genuine laughter but I felt most of the jokes were forced and fairly predictable. The ending however was awful and really left a bitter taste in my mouth as I couldn’t fathom the manner how everything came together in the end. To me, I found Aldous (Sarah’s British boyfriend) is the most memorable character and the best thing in the whole movie.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall will manage squeeze from you few (and sincere) laughs here and there but in the end the flick is nothing but a mediocre plot who tries to stand up by fueling us with outrageous moments. You are better off watching Knocked Up for a second round than this stale film. Wait for the DVD release.

The Bottom Line

C+

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Damn, that bad.. well I will probably leave it til later!

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  2. Holly Wood sucks nowadays! Japanese and Chinese movies are great! Check out Jet Lee and Jackie Chan’s new movie “The Kingdom” ! it looks promising!

    Reply

  3. Posted by Type O on April 20, 2008 at 2:02 am

    ….I went to the movie today.. its a good movie.. especially Rachel.. 😛

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  4. Posted by greyshorts on April 20, 2008 at 10:48 am

    mila kunis is so hot

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  5. @Marzouq

    I suggest you wait for the DVD release since there are tons of movie worth watching than this one.

    @Linus

    Ya know what…we actually wanted to watch The Kingdom in the first place but the majority ruled and went to this movie.

    @Type O

    Yes, Mila Kunis (Rachel) is one of the few good things in the whole movie.

    @Greyshorts

    She is indeed a hot gal…and a cute one too 😛

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