Friday, February 14, 2014

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

IMDb plot summary: Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex ... and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.
Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Russell Brand.

While this movie wasn't laugh-out-loud funny for me most of the time, it did make me smile a LOT, and it certainly has a lot of heart. Jason Segel's character does a lot of dumb things trying to get over his break up, but it's impossible not to like him, and watching his journey was oddly heartwarming for a raunchy comedy. I hardly ever draw attention to something like this, but the editing was ABSOLUTELY on point here. With some comedies, the joke happens and the camera lingers, as if to give the audience time to 1) figure out there was a joke and 2) laugh at it. Here, a joke shot lasts EXACTLY as long as the joke does and then it moves on, which is (IMHO) a much smarter and funnier way of doing it. Overall, a solid, funny rom com. 4 stars.

Flickchart: #441 out of 2026, below The Sessions and above To Catch a Thief.

Rent for $2.99.

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