Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Paul Rudd, Mila Kunis
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Rated: R, for sexual content, brief nudity and language
Comedic genius, writer, director and producer Judd Apatow, creator of films like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad, is giving a try at romantic comedy with the new film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel. Be warned: the movie’s humor is definitely directed more at an Anglo audience, which is why many Latinos might find the jokes – along with the movie – a bit dull and unsubstantial.
The plot is simple. Main character Peter Bretter (Segel) is a musician whose heart breaks when his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), a television star, decides to end their relationship. From there, the plot pretty much falls apart and turns into a bunch of nonsense.
Segel, who stars in the film and wrote its screenplay, is a talented actor who can usually hold the attention of the audience, but unfortunately, his character becomes unbearable after awhile. We watch for two hours as his character dies a slow death, falling deeper and deeper into depression in pathetic and melodramatic ways.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall does has its saving graces, though, for example: beautiful and sweet actress Mila Kunis (the girl who makes Peter forget about Sarah); Russell Brand, a rising comedic star; and Paul Rudd, who gives one of the funniest performances of his career.
Is Forgetting Sarah Marshall bad? Not totally, but with the price of movie tickets so high, I suggest that you forget that the film exists.