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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Remembering Sarah Marshall

posted by on October 1 at 11:55 AM


Back in April, Miz Lindy West reviewed Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Here’s a bit of the very funny review:

Segel wrote and stars in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which was produced by Judd Apatow), the movie that dunked my week in delight and then stuffed it down the fun-time esophageal canal of entertainment. Formulaic to perfection, it’s the story of a hapless, harmless musician named Peter (Segel) whose TV star girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Veronica Mars or whatever), dumps him for the world’s Britishest rock ‘n’ roll longhair.

For some reason—perhaps I was suffering from Apatovian-related film fatigue—I didn’t see Forgetting Sarah Marshall in the theater, but it came out on DVD yesterday, and I watched it last night.

Seriously, what Lindy said. I was not prepared for this movie to be so completely charming (and also maybe a little smart.) And I’m kind of glad I didn’t see Forgetting Sarah Marshall in theaters, because it’s perfect for a night on the couch with popcorn and beer and blankets. It takes a little while for it to warm up, but once things move to Hawaii, the movie stays consistently funny and actually works on developing most of the characters as though it was…you know, a real movie or something. I have seen some very bad romantic comedies this year (Ghost Town, anyone?) and this movie was a just-about perfect antidote to awful, studio-made romcom trash.

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Great movie. Russell Brand's British rockstar was unforgettable. I hope they make another movie around that character.

Posted by Sean | October 1, 2008 12:32 PM

Good news for you @1. They are apparently working on a movie about Brand's character getting back on drugs while Jonah Hill's character drives him across the country to get to a gig or something.

Posted by Michael in Ballard | October 1, 2008 12:38 PM

Y'all are fucking retarded.

Posted by Scott Dow | October 1, 2008 1:12 PM

The parodies of CSI-style shows are a good enough reason to rent this one.

Posted by pragmatic | October 1, 2008 1:22 PM

I just bought and watched the movie again last night and it was even funnier the second time around. I love the scene where he's playing the piano and singing the song about the psychiatrist. I've been a big fan of Jason Segel's since Freaks & Geeks. He's a great writer too. Hope to see more from him in the future!

Posted by Jen Moore | October 2, 2008 2:05 AM

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