“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is one of my new favorite movies. It always makes me laugh, which never fails to make me feel better.
In this 2008 romantic comedy, Peter Vetter (Jason Segel) is seriously depressed over his recent break-up with his actress girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell).
Poor Peter is doing his best to recover from the loss of his relationship with Sarah by sleeping with every female who doesn’t throw rocks at him. His friend convinces him to get away. He remembers a great vacation spot that Sarah used to talk about in Hawaii, and decides to go. Great idea, right?
Maybe not. Just as he’s trying to sign in, he sees Sarah there with her new boyfriend, the rock star, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Peter’s heart is ground into the floor as he watches the two together.
After watching Peter’s agony upon seeing Sarah with Aldous, Rachel (Mila Kunis) tells him he can stay in a suite (that he can’t afford), but he wouldn’t be an “official guest.” She later calls Peter to ask about reports of a crying woman in his suite. He tries to play it off, but then says he’ll try to keep it down.
Out of the goodness of her heart, Rachel goes out with Peter. They go to a bar, and unbeknownst to Peter, Rachel arranges for him to go on stage to play his “Dracula Musical” song. Peter seems very serious about the song, but Rachel laughs and applauds, saving face for Peter when everyone else in the bar seems completely clueless.
A relationship develops between Peter and Rachel as Sarah’s relationship with Aldous is falling apart. Sarah accepts Peter’s unintended dinner invitation for her and Aldous, and a bit of fur begins to fly when Sarah realizes that Peter and Rachel really like each other.
Peter’s suite happens to be next door to Sarah’s suite, so when they return from dinner, Sarah hears Peter and Rachel next door. Eaten alive with jealousy, Sarah puts on a rather loud performance with Aldous, by which even he is disgusted.
Peter accidentally knocks Aldous unconscious in a surfing accident, and has to rescue him. Sarah takes advantage of the situation, and tries to seduce Peter, which almost works. He stops in the nick of time, but then confesses to Rachel, which turns out to be a bad idea.
Jonah Hill plays Matthew, an over zealous fan who has a man-crush on Aldous. The scenes with Russell and Jonah are some of my favorite.
I really enjoy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” so much that I watch it every time I catch it on TV, and will definitely buy the DVD. I was really impressed to find that Jason Segel not only stars in the movie, but he also wrote it. The director is Nicholas Stoller.
Stories that can take serious subjects like painful break-ups and depression, and present them in an enjoyable and funny way are so much fun for me. It’s so good to see Peter go from being so pitiful in the beginning, to being on the mend and moving on near the end of the movie.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes romantic comedies, especially if you're depressed. The casting is excellent, the dialogue is believable and funny, and the movie is just an enjoyable ride, so put it on and have some fun!