Sunday, February 14, 2010

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Year 2, Day 44 - 2/13/10 - Movie #409

BEFORE: Please, let this movie be about the wrong people being in love at the wrong time - that way I've covered all the bases in just 4 films...

THE PLOT: Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex ... and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.

AFTER: I'm going to put this one out ahead of "The Heartbreak Kid", because the characters (well, some of them anyway) actually seem to learn something from their experiences - though it may be too late to salvage their current relationships, we get the feeling that they may be a better person down the road.

Peter (Jason Segel) has a hard time dealing with his break-up, so he remembers hearing about a great vacation spot in Hawaii, and decides to go there. Problem is, he heard about the place from his ex, who's there with her new beau. Remember what I said about coincidences? Any rational person would just go to another hotel, or another island, or leave Hawaii completely, but then we wouldn't have a movie.

So Peter is forced to watch his ex-girlfriend (Kristen Bell) having romantic dinners and cuddle sessions with rock-star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) prompting long crying sessions in his hotel room. But after a couple of dates with a cute hotel clerk (Mila Kunis), the tables seem to turn, and he's actually in a better position than Sarah is.

I won't reveal all the twists along the way, but from an emotional standpoint, it seems pretty realistic, in that there aren't "good" or "bad" people and the relationships are pretty complex. It's sort of like a romantic comedy from a guy's point of view. (not a chick-flick, maybe a dick-flick?) Some crude humor, too much male nudity.

Also starring Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer (from "30 Rock"), Jonah Hill, and Paul Rudd (last seen in "The Baxter"), with cameos from Steve Landesberg ("Barney Miller"), Billy Baldwin, and Jason Bateman.

RATING: 6 out of 10 pina coladas

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