Forgetting Sarah Marshall

The idea of a break up certainly isn’t a new concept to cinema. But I can’t seem to recall a film that’s captured the feeling of a break up, withdrawal, and overall resolution that comes from the situation it covers until now with the recent release of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall…” The story is as follows; the main character, Peter, is a composer for a popular NBC show that exists solely in the universe of the film but, in reality, is a spoof of every popular crime drama to hit the airwaves in the past 10 years. At the start of the film, he is dating a popular television star who happens to be one of the leads for the crime drama previously mentioned. Her name is “Sarah Marshall” and after a introduction she promptly dumps Peter, out of the blue.

The usual irrational reasoning is played out and Peter’s world is shattered in a instant. Within a short period of time Sarah Marshall is seen dating a fellow popular star and it’s a major blow to Peter. After withdrawing from the world and going through the usual states of denial, sadness, and anger he decides to get away and go off to Hawaii to get his mind off of things. And, in reference to the saying “It’s a small world,” runs into his ex and her current partner she dumped him for, only a short period of time ago. Awkward moments, Hilarity, and important lessons of life ensue within the 110 minute time span it follows.

The film’s subject matter can easily connect with movie goer’s as it covers what we all go through when change of this magnitude regarding a situation of this manner happens. It surprisingly carries deep and likable characters as well to carry this message through to the audience. Even the prick who steals Peter’s girl is a funny character that is essentially the rebound that we all know of that gets the leftovers, but is also regarded as an “asshole” amongst the previous fellow and his buds. Which brings me to the main cast as well as the supporting cast. Both are surprisingly strong and bring convincing yet hilarious performances to the table that further helps progress the story and sell the film.

There’s never a boring moment with a solid script that always delivers great laughs and genuine moments of humor via the characters it’s developed along the way. The message to Forgetting Sarah Marshall isn’t just that of coping with a break up. It also covers the difference between what people like to perceive as “love” and what simply feelings of lust and fear of change. Throughout the movie, Peter reflects and realizes why he reacted the way he did. And after certain events span out, we see a different side of Peter that realizes the truth of the situation. He sees the true side to the person he presumed he loved and in doing so comes to realize the fact we must all realize sooner or later. The concept of “moving on” and to stop dwelling within a past that has no future for you. The film is essentially about opening your eyes and truly seeing someone or something for what it’s worth.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall surprised me in many aspects and delivered a worthwhile 110 minutes of laughter and a surprisingly deep message that might hit home in both good and bad ways for certain individuals. It does begin to wear out it’s welcome towards the end but I didn’t really mind because it was still delivering laughs. Though the style of humor and subject matter clearly isn’t for everyone. The idea of the film isn’t to shock you though like such “classics” (e.g. terrible films) as American Pie and every other film that mimicked the same “shock humor” style with no substance in order to attract the mainstream crowd whom seems to love getting nothing for their money’s worth. All and all, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is definitely on my list of top films of the year. It’s not perfect (though nothing is) but it does deliver upon it’s intentions and provides good laughs along with a message that carries substance that most films of it’s kind seem to lack these days.

Pro’s: Well rounded, filled with a ton of genuine laughs, excellent main and supporting cast, good message and delivery, and a down-to-earth storyline.

Con’s: Begins to wear out it’s welcome towards the end with it’s run time, the style of humor and subject matter isn’t suitable for everyone, and the concept might hit too close to home for certain individuals.

Conclusion: Might be a bit too long but still delivers a good set of laughs and genuine moments of humor. One of few good comedies out this year amongst the sea of mediocrity we’ve grown accustomed to.

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