Pros:extremely funny, Segel is brilliant, great casting, wonderful for the genre
Cons:might be too much comedy for some folks
The Bottom Line: A very funny movie with a great cast and original story, this one is highly recommended if you want a few great laughs.
Jason Segal had made a living as a great supporting character, but he finally burst on to the scene with a his role as Marshall on the hit television show How I Met Your Mother. He took the brand of humor that makes him a star on that show, and turned it into a great script that he wrote himself. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the theatrical realization of his comedic talent, blending a story that appeals to both men and women with a great cast. Segal stars as lead character Peter Bretter, who has been writing music for a hit television show that he works on with his girlfriend Sarah Marshall. She is by all accounts a star, and extremely popular with the press and public. Kristin Bell (Heroes, Veronica Mars) is Sarah Marshall, and our first view of her is as she walks in to Peter's apartment and breaks up with him.
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Peter has been completely content in the now 5-year relationship with Sarah, and has no idea how to either handle the news of the break-up or move on from that day. He basically breaks down after hearing the news, and is no longer cable of doing anything on his own. It would be a compliment to call him a "mess" at this point, and he would probably have continued to wallow in self-pity if not for the convincing of his step-brother to take a vacation by himself. Still heartbroken, Peter heads off to Hawaii to re-find himself and hopefully get over the worst day of his life. When he arrives at the island though, there is Sarah, accompanied by her new guy, and convinced that Peter has followed her to the island. Now everything is set up for a lot of comedy to soon follow, as Peter struggles to get on with his life.
The best part of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the underlying humor that Jason Segel has brilliantly worked into the script. They also did a great job at surrounding him with the perfect cast, which includes of course Bell, Mila Kunis from That 70's Show, Paul Rudd, and Bill Hader just to name a few. Standing out form the rest though, is Russell Brand as Marshall's new boyfriend, who you want to dislike, but who has a great persona that makes him just seem "cool". There in lies another layer of humor, as even Peter cannot dislike the guy, because he is just one of those guys that everyone is drawn to. Mila Kunis is also quite sweet as the desk receptionist at the hotel, and whom Peter develops a sort of crush on when he first arrives. The dynamic between their relationship gives the film a lot of fun to support the comedy of Segel, and it really works like a charm.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is really the type of comedy that could help re-shape a genre, because rather than going down the typical romantic-comedy route, it blazes a new trail. It's so funny that you will have a hard time not laughing out loud in the theater (like I did), and it's one of those films where the jokes and comedy are not forecasted, but rather get sprung on you in a flash. Some of the humor may be over-the-line for some viewers, as they really earn the R rating with several scenes that include male nudity. For my two cents though, it really worked well within the story, and that coupled with some things that happen on the island make this a great comedy for adults. If you have watched How I Met Your Mother before, and loved Segel in that show, this is going to be an even funnier presentation for you. I found it to be extremely funny, and it is one of those comedies that I am willing to see again. It's highly recommended for anyone looking for a great comedy, and make sure you stay for the credits to see a great scene as well as hear a funny song.