Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

I was going to start this post with admonishing the world for the relatively small $100 million or so worldwide gross for this movie, but honestly, what’s the point of that?  Audiences for the most part don’t want movies that will 1) make them think 2) make them feel anything but good and c) involve dangling male genitalia.  Fucking prudes.  Anyways, Jason Segel wrote this semi-autobiographical screenplay about the very real pain that some people go through during a relationship break-up.  And I don’t mean stupid like The Break-Up, I mean genuine, real fucking heartache pain.  I’m sorry for all the fucking swears, but for how ridiculous and outlandish some of the scenes and people are in this movie, the most terrifying thing is that they’re fairly close to reality.

I’d also like to say that Mila Kunis may be one of the most perfect women ever created.  Scientists should spend years studying her, giving up, pricking her with a needle and just saying “fuck your ethical whining, we’re going to clone her and every guy will be happy forever”.  You can see why Segel’s character would be so attracted to her, not just because she’s stunningly gorgeous, but she seems genuinely awesome at everything, and I’m just going to stop this paragraph now.

Segel brings not just his hilarious break-up stories (sorry, dude) to the script, but also his unabashed Muppet love.  He also spends almost the entirety of the movie getting drunk and wallowing and that’s a character I can identify with.  This review is just a gushing love letter basically, but how could it be anything but when it has so many talented people in it (Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Kristen Bell, Segel, Jonah Hill, Kunis, KRISTEN WIIG) and also Russell Brand.  It’s a specific, Judd Apatow brand of humour, less self-indulgent than an actual Apatow-directed movie, but admittedly not for everyone.

4.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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