Earlier this year, I wrote a review for Bad Teacher (find it HERE) and talked about how I really liked my first experience of watching Jason Segel. Thats when my actual friend and fellow blogger, Jelliefishie, suggested that I should check out Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I hesitated on this one a while but then after horror and action lined up, I felt like it would be good to get some comedy in, even if it included the annoying Russell Brand. Let’s check it out!
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill
Struggling musician Peter (Jason Segel) gets dumped by his 5 year TV celebrity girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). To escape from his pains, he goes to a Hawaiian resort where he coincidentially ends up at the same time with Sarah Marshall and his new boyfriend Aldous Snow. (Russell Brand). As he makes friends and tries to move on, he meets the resort front desk employee, Rachel (Mila Kunis) who helps cover up and encourage him to break out of his shell and embrace life.
I had no idea what to expect from this mostly because Jelliefishie recommends awkward humor movies. Last time was The House Bunny which I grew to like a lot. Funny enough, when Forgetting Sarah Marshall started, I had that feeling. I should mention that I watched the Unrated version, since Rotten Tomatoes seem to view it as two different films. Anyways, as the movie progressed, it actually had a lot of really funny moments and turned into a nice balance between romance and comedy. I ended up having a really good time with this.
Jason Segel is a pretty awesome actor. He has this silly adorable vibe. Sometimes, thats just the charm that brings out the right level of not too sappy romance. Maybe he was a tad overexaggerated, (or do guys that break up really act that way?) and in this unrated version, we saw him fully naked. Did they do that in the original theatrical version? Either way, he had great chemistry with Mila Kunis. On that note, I have seen Mila Kunis a few times in movies. She’s actually a pretty fun actress and in this one, even I thought she had really nice style.
On the other side, Kristen Bell fit right into the role of the crazy ex girlfriend who is super full of themselves matched with the very well-deserved (still annoying) boyfriend in the form of Russell Brand. Honestly, I don’t like him anymore after this. I walked away halfway through one of the scenes because it was just ridiculous… That was the only downside for me. I can see how if that type of humor was your type of thing then he was supposed to be the comedic relief. I found many other parts funnier. However, in the parts with him and Jonah Hill (as the waiter), those scenes were pretty epic.
Jelliefishie definitely gave me a decent recommendation. Will it be my fave comedy? Probably not but it sure was fun! It was what I needed to lighten my mood. It had a good amount of hilarious moments, a solid cast with Jason Segel, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell and a great supporting cast with Jonah Hill and even a cameo with Kristen Wiig. Plus, the girls had a beautiful wardrobe and even I started wondering, how can I get Kristen Bell’s core… That aside, c’mon its in HAWAII! Who is in for a vacation Hawaii? I know I’d go in a heartbeat (if I had the money)!
I talked about Jason Segel before. What do you think of Russell Brand? Are you into his comedy style? How about the two beautiful girls in this: Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell? Do you like them? Any notable performances that come to mind? Did you see this flick? Love to hear your thoughts 🙂
Remember to go check out Jelliefishie’s awesome blog! She’s very artistic and take awesome photos and she writes awesome stuff, even recently dipping into the world of movie reviews 🙂 I linked her up on top!