Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Review: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Has Judd Apatow spread himself too thin? 
You'd think, what with the movie trailer fatigue of "From the guys who brought you Knocked Up", etc.. they could take a break. Nope.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is written by Apatow protegé Jason Segal (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up) and is loosely based on his long-term relationship with Linda Cardellini (Also Freaks and Geeks). The question is asked: IS he as good a writer as, say, Seth Rogen?
The simple answer is: No. He is not. 
However, I found this movie quite enjoyable. The jokes were clever and relevant to pop culture, like so many Apatow-based movies are. A guy gets dumped by his famous girlfriend and takes a vacation in hawaii, except she's also there with her new boyfriend. The boyfriend, played by brit Russel Brand, is possibly the film's greatest part. You got the narcissistic, sex-crazed, rock star londoner. He's pitch-perfect, and, like Segal's character Peter, it's impossible for me to dislike him, even though he tore the two apart.
The biggest problem this film had was timing. 
Oh, hello edting. Cut about 30 minutes off the movie and you're golden. Otherwise, a highly enjoyable film, and proof that Judd Apatow knows what he's doing... Right?
Grade: A- 

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