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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Drama . Romance . Comedy

When Sarah Marshall dumps aspiring musician Peter Bretter for rock star Aldous Snow, Peter's world comes crashing down. His best friend suggests that Peter should get away from everything and to fly off to Hawaii to escape all his problems. After arriving in Hawaii and meeting the beautiful Rachel Jansen, Peter is shocked to see not only Aldous Snow in Hawaii, but also Sarah Marshall.

Actors: Kristen Wiig , Carla Gallo , Jonah Hill , Jack McBrayer , Paul Rudd , Bill Hader , Russell Brand , Mila Kunis , Kristen Bell , Jason Segel
Directors: Nicholas Stoller
Country: USA
Release: 2008-04-18
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  • Peter Travers

    A raucous ride through one man's pain.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's worth seeing just for the banter between Segel and Hader, which recalls the peak conversational riffs from "Knocked Up."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's a wit in Segel's writing that marks him as every bit Apatow's equal in this arena.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Nakedness has rarely looked so...naked. And innately, universally comic.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    In the Apatow manner, Segel mines a mother lode of painful personal memories for his breakup gags, and the vanity of entertainment people proves to be another rich vein.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    It's terrifically funny and, for a few brief moments, poignant.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This film is so funny it may be beside the point to complain that, as in many Apatow productions, the writing and direction are still in something of a state of arrested development.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," Sarah Marshall has all the ingredients of the Apatow brand. Alas, it's beginning to feel generic.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Deserves to ride the wave of the latest, hottest micro-trend in pictures: the romantic comedy for guys.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The cringingly wacky scenarios, offbeat characters and comic dialogue serve up a crowd-pleasing, laugh-filled experience.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Predictable but still keeps you laughing along the way.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Dull moments, so much the rule in most genre comedies, are the exception in Forgetting Sarah Marshall -- it does run long, but it mainly rollicks.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    That's why Forgetting Sarah Marshall, shorter than "Knocked Up" and more focused than "Superbad," tops all other Apatow productions so far.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Make no mistake: This isn't a relentless button-pushing joke machine like the best Apatow schlumpy-man comedies. I guess I'd describe it as "agreeably ribald."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Travis Nichols

    For about an hour, the movie is essentially Budweiser ad humor writ long ("Dude!") but about halfway through -- after enough members of the "Knocked Up"/"SuperBad" dude squad have all made their requisite cameos -- the movie shows it has a little heart.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall lacks snap, tension and bravura...Yet the movie is novel and big-hearted. It often succeeds at substituting a smorgasbord of psychological confusions for comic architecture.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Segel has always played more a serial monogamist than a horndog, and his earnest, self-deprecating screen persona graces the film's crudest moments with a kind of innocence.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Solid rom com finds another Judd Apatow acolyte moving into the spotlight.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Without Segel bravely channeling "his own anxieties and obsessions into his clowning," as Pauline Kael wrote about Woody Allen 24 years ago, Forgetting Sarah Marshall would have been easily forgettable and, one might even say, limp.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The movie's big revelation, though, is Brand's Aldous, whose idiot-Lothario exterior masks a frank, accidentally wise and Yoda-like interior, and whom we grow to like more and more despite getting to better know him and his faults. The same can be said about the movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    If Forgetting Sarah Marshall doesn't reach the inspired heights of "Knocked Up" or "Superbad," it runs a very respectable second.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Like its hero, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a little soft around the middle, but all the more loveable for that.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    This is a fairly low-keyed comedy, but a grown-up dropping in on it can appreciate its lack of frenzy, its fundamental good nature, as easily as its core audience will. It isn’t exactly a gem, but as zircons go, it’ll do.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Segel makes an engaging impression throughout Forgetting Sarah Marshall, gamely making himself the butt of many jokes that involve Peter's non-macho proclivities.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Kunis, a petite brunette, plays Rachel, a hotel receptionist by day and a party girl by night (and day), with a sparkling smile, a seductive voice that can sharpen to a rasp and a quick wit that suggests withheld knowledge. Good for her in a sex farce that lets so much hang out.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    A refreshingly tender treatment of love gone wrong -- we mean, for a movie that's got enough lowdown sexual content to start its own Kinsey Report.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Segel, scripting himself, injects regular bursts of comic genius into the proceedings.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    This thin premise is better suited to a half-hour sitcom than a feature film (in fact, there's an episode of Frasier with a very similar setup).

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Yeah, it's pretty funny. And it's a pretty accurate depiction of a certain feature of male romantic humiliation. But it's also a little -- and this is one of my two misgivings about the movie -- expected.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    As fans of "Freaks and Geeks" know, Segel is a master in the art of humiliation, and it's been a long time since we've seen anyone debase himself so thoroughly for our amusement.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nick De Semlyen

    A tropical sex comedy that’s a little unfocused, but Segal and co throw plenty of funniness at the wall - and most of it sticks.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    But even with bits that are crazily inspired, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is depressing. The Apatow Factory is too comfy with its workers’ arrested development to move the boundary posts. If they could find scripts by female writers that dramatize the other side of the Great Sexual Divide, it might be a place of joy--and embarrassed recognition--for everyone.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Does not entirely play by the established conventions of its genre. Its willingness to explore states of feeling and modes of behavior that tamer romantic comedies never go near is decidedly a virtue, though this same sense of daring and candor also exposes its limitations.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Denby

    The boyfriend, one Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), a Brit rocker and professional sex god, turns out to be the best thing in the movie.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Ultimately, forgettable, but for most of the way it's a pleasant little vacation of a movie.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows the Apatow formula faithfully enough. All that's missing is charisma -- the je ne sais quois that makes us fall in love in the first place. Full Review
  • Don R. Lewis

    While the film has some laugh out-loud moments, it’s very poorly constructed and what we see onscreen seems to be the victim of either bad editing, poor direction or a script that was rushed into production too quickly.

    Film Threat Full Review
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