Monday, December 5, 2011

Movie of the Week – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This week’s movie is Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).

The comedy (rom-com) is about Peter, a man who just got his heart broken by his long-time and famous girlfriend Sarah. He decides to take a vacation to Hawaii to help him get over her, but much to his surprise and dismay she is staying at the same hotel as him with her new man. The film is written by Jason Segel (who also stars) and directed by Nicholas Stoller (who have since made Get Him to the Greek, The Muppets and Five-Year Engagement upcoming in 2012 together). Segel and Stroller worked with producer Judd Apatow, composer Lyle Workman, cinematographer Russ T. Alsobrook, and production designer Jackson De Govia on the film. The cast is brilliant with performances from Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand (who had a breakthrough in America due to this film), Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig (in the extended edition) along with Segel. The film is very funny (among my favorites of the decade). It works so well thanks to Segel’s sense of humor and overall likability and charisma. It also has wonderful supporting characters. While there have been a lot of great R-rated comedies in recent years (many from Judd Apatow, as producer and director), this is my favorite. It is a must-see for fans of romantic comedies and R-rated comedies. Check out the trailer.

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Streaming

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