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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: For the love of any God, keep them at home.
Date Movie: The dudettes in the theater I was at seemed to love it.  You both should laugh, unless she finds Jason's wiener bigger than yours.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of people get it on.  A lot of times it is funny, sometimes educational.
Gratuitous Violence: There is a fight, but it's also funny.
Action: Nope, this is a funny flick.
Laughs: In the Judd Apatow kind of way.  You know if you like it.
Memorable Scene: Umm, the entire movie.
Memorable Quote: Too many, but I jotted down "I think I just ruined her day."  The scene immediately following is why I laughed my ass off.
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Produced By: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson

Sarah Marshall

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:52 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
If you have been reading my recent reviews you know that I have been toying with the idea, or trying to incorporate, a "Dudette Scale" into my movie reviews. Now comes a flick that throws a monkey-wrench into the mix because the scale was supposed to simply be based on two criteria, movie length and a happy ending, but after seeing "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and listening to the dudettes behind me in the theater, I wonder if the scale should also include something I canít judge, namely the inclusion of male nudity, of the full-frontal wiener kind, or at least a hot dude dressed in something that shows off his wiener. You know what, I canít even go there, so, on the "Dudette Scale," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" gets 5 stars out of 5 for being a movie that wasnít too long, and ended happy, and funny.

But letís get to this Dudeís scaleÖ

Peter (Jason Segel) is a musician dude relegating his musical abilities to a CSI-type series called "Crime Scene," but he has dreams of a bizarre, rock musical, based on a Vampire and puppets. His girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), happens to be the star of the same series. On a bad day for Peter, when waving his wiener wasnít the thing to change her mind, Sarah dumps Peter, letting him know that there is another man in her life, and their relationship is over. Peter, being the sensitive type, tries to get over her by sleeping with some cheap floosies, but in then end just finds himself crying and becoming more of a slug he has already become. Enter Brian (Bill Hader), his buddy, who tries to help Peter get on with his life, and although Brian had different destinations for Peter, they both agree Peter should end up in Hawaii.

Low and behold, and we know this from the trailer, Peter ends up at the same resort in Hawaii as Sarah, only Sarah is there with her boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand), and this is when the real hilarity ensues. Peter cries a lot, for a little while, as he makes friends with Darald (Jack McBrayer, but you might know him as Kenneth, the Paige from "30 Rock," in a fabulous role as the dude on his honeymoon who canít figure out how to, hmm, letís just say he isnít that good in the sack yet) and a slew of the people who work at the hotel. Among the hotel workers he befriends, and then works to hook up with, is the front desk manager, Rachel (Mila Kunis Ė she of "That 70ís Show" fame, but so much better here). She quickly develops a thing for Peter, and Peter develops a thing for her. Of course, as things go on, Sarah finds out that Aldous is really the rock star he portrays, and then she questions her breaking up with Peter, and then the conflict really ensues.

Ah, you can guess, Peter moves on, newly inspired by the freshness of Rachel, but Rachel doesnít take to kindly to, ahh, you know what, Iíll just let the rest of it be for you to find out because like "Knocked Up," and "Superbad," Judd Apatow has attached his name to another great film for adults to enjoy.

One of the keys to this movie is the sweetness and, fine, the sappiness that is the Peter character, and those qualities get totally developed in quick flashbacks while he is in Hawaii, remembering certain aspects of his living with Sarah. Jason Segel comes off as the perfect person to play it because he, like the Seth Rogan character of Ben in "Knocked Up," is actually a dude most dudes can relate to. The other key to this movie is that Kristen Bell makes Sarah nice enough, a prized catch for someone like Peter, but you know she isnít really good enough for, nor really appreciates, Peter. A third key making this movie great was the acting of all of the supporting staff, including Bill Hader (in a role I finally, really, loved), Paul Rudd as the stoned, surfer dude, and sure, maybe itís almost time for Jonah Hill to move on before he pigeon-holes himself in these roles (unless he is fine with that), though he was funny, too. But the key that puts this movie over the top is Mila Kunis as Rachel. Unlike Sarah she brings out the better qualities in Peter, makes him challenge himself, and they both have a lot more in common than Sarah and Peter ever did, and Mila brings a star quality to the role, in which some relate to a Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," and I have to agree. She is beautiful, she doesnít seem to realize how beautiful she is, and she just seems to want to find a nice guy who appreciates her for being person she is, rather than being the hot Mila Kunis she is.

And so "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" was funny as hell and had everything I love about the adultness Judd Apatow (and a great script by Jason Segal for this one) has brought to the R-rated "these films are really for the adult crowd as the teens donít understand this crap yet" genre, but as a dude Iíve got to limit this one to 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. Why? Because of the lack of female nudity, or at least real female nudity. Jason Segal had the balls (get it, the balls), to show himself in full glory, the film folks did their best to cover-up the female nudity we wanted to see, and Iím guessing that the photo of Mila showing her boobies is actually a body-doubled, photo-shopped picture. My guess, though, is that the Unrated Directorís cut of the movie, when it comes out on DVD, will bump this review to 5 stars out of 5.

This recommendation is simple because if you liked any of the trio of "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," or "Superbad," thereís probably a great chance you will love "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and if you didnít like any of them, stay the hell away. The dudettes in the theater were laughing louder than I was, I was laughing a lot, and for adult, R-rated fun, go ahead and pay full price and see "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."  Hell, I'd probably pay to see it again.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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