Kath checking in here from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Italy. (I know! Can you believe it?) Anyway, my cruise companion and friend, Laura and I managed to tear ourselves away from the spa long enough to watch a movie in our stateroom.
There is actually quite a good selection of recent-ish releases onboard, and we did have a bit of trouble deciding what to watch. In the end, we went with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and we were NOT disappointed!
Some notable points about this movie:
British actor Russell Brand totally rocks the role of Aldous Snow, lead singer of the band ??? and Sarah Marshall’s new boyfriend. In typical Brit fashion, he is at his most brilliant when poking fun at himself; delivering it all in complete, brilliant deadpan. In one of my favourite lines, Brand tells an aspiring musician played by Jonah Hill, “yeah, I meant to listen to your demo but then I just carried on living my life.”
Jason Segel (of Knocked Up fame) plays Peter, our protagonist. After being dumped by Sarah, Peter decides to go to her favourite resort in Hawaii to forget her, only to find she’s staying at the same hotel with her new boyfriend, Aldous.
A massive amount of fun and mishaps ensues, and Laura and I found ourselves laughing until we cried, particularly during Segal’s performance of “Dracula – the puppet musical” (don’t ask, just see the movie!)
The supporting cast in this film are also brilliant. If you’ve seen any other Judd Apatow movies, you’ll recognize more than one familiar face amongst Peter’s friends and the hotel staff.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is written and produced by Judd Apatow, who also wrote & produced Superbad, Knocked Up and Pineapple Express.
So knowing that, are you getting a sense for what kind of movie this is? Yes, it’s dirty and explicit. Hilariously dirty and explicit. And most definitely worthwhile watching if you’re not easily offended. But if you are easily offended, you’ll want to either give it a miss or possibly loosen up a little and have some dirty, explicit fun!
All in all, Laura and I are unanimous in giving Forgetting Sarah Marshall an enthusiastic 3.5 stars out of 4.