Forgetting Sarah Marshall Review

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The resultant excess of early 2000s comedy movies has led to a genre in of itself. Filled to the brim with stellar results including Superbad, Dodgeball and The 40-Year Old Virgin, it seemed like the sub-genre of these comedy movies was untouchable. But you dig a little deeper and start to get into the territory of Knocked-Up, Couples Retreat and Role Models. I could do you a scale of quality but it’d be pretty redundant, especially when Forgetting Sarah Marshall falls slap-bang in the very middle of this made up ranking.

It’s a fine comedy, starring the typical actors of the time. Jonah Hill appears because it’s 2008 and of course he does, why wouldn’t he? Similarly, Paul Rudd and Bill Hader also appear. Presumably they’re killing time between Apatow products. Either way, all three inclusions are solid enough to warrant their appearance in the movie, which is more than I can say for some other cast members.

Who doesn’t get uneasy when they see Russell Brand in a supporting role? Here though he plays a pivotal role and a rather funny one at that. Sometimes outshining Segal’s performance as Peter Bretter, Brand’s performance as Aldous Snow is a funny one that captures the stereotype of the rocker on holiday. It’s a niche stereotype I know, but it’s one of the rare occasions where Brand is funny and also well utilised.

Of course, Segal is very much the star of the show. We follow him as he tries to forget about Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), where the two end up holidaying in the same hotel in an act of random coincidence. Some definite solid jokes throughout lead Forgetting Sarah Marshall to be fine enough to warrant a recommendation. They’re often forgettable and I can’t quite put my finger on any one scene that made me laugh; that being said though there are definite funny moments that will leave you at least rolling with laughter on one or two occasions.

Possibly stronger than most contemporaries of its genre solely because Jason Segal is such an enjoyable lead, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is solid enough to hold its own. But like many of the comedies it released alongside, it suffers from the same pacing, performance and running time issues. A fine comedy, maybe watch it if there’s nothing else on. You’re not missing much by skipping out on this one, but at the same time it’s a rewarding enough comedy.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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