The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #28: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was written by Segel and co-produced by Judd Apatow, was released by Universal Studios. Filming began in April 2007 at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu Island in Hawaii. The film was released for North American theaters on April 18, 2008 and in the UK a week later on April 25, 2008.

The story revolves around Peter Bretter, who is a music composer for a TV show that happens to feature his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, in the lead role. After a five-year relationship, Sarah abruptly breaks up with Peter. Devastated by this event, he chooses to go on a vacation in Hawaii, in order to try to move forward with his life. Trouble ensues when he runs into his ex on the island as she is vacationing with her new boyfriend.

In the tradition of The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad & Walk Hard comes Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The movie stars, and is written by, Jason Segel as Peter Brenner, a musician who’s writing a puppet rock opera whose life is taking a turn for the worst when his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (played by Kristin Bell) breaks up with him after five years. After three weeks of trying to get over her, his step brother (played by Bill Hader of Superbad & Saturday Night Live fame) suggests that he goes on vacation to Hawaii in order to stay away from her BUT when he gets to the hotel, who shows up? Sarah and her new boyfriend Aldous Snow (played by British actor Russel Brand). And hilarity ensues… Throughout the film, Peter meets a slew of characters from a married religious couple (the guy played by Jack McBrayer, Kenneth from 30 Rock), a surf instructor (played by Paul Rudd), & a waiter whose a fan of Snow (played by Jonah Hill). Plus, he also becomes friends with the hotel receptionist, Rachel Jansen (played by Mila Kunis). Some people are going to get mad about this, I don’t care: Mila Kunis is way hotter than Kristen Bell. I said it, I’m not taking it back because it’s true. Other than that, this movie has surpassed Cloverfield as the best movie of 2008. This movie is a lot of fun. It’s one of the best Judd Apatow comedies ever. This is the funniest comedy I’ve seen since Walk Hard.

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