Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

NICHOLAS STOLLER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Jason Segel, Kristen Bell and Russell Brand in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Television music composer Jason Segel is so distraught over being dumped by his actress girlfriend () that he goes on a Hawaiian vacation by himself to get over her. Lo and behold, the ex is also there with her new flame, a radically strange rock star () with his own manner of animal magnetism. Segel tries to take in the local colour without bitterness but isn’t really able to start working towards recovery until the beautiful reception-desk clerk at his hotel () starts showing him sympathetic attention. The set-up is far too simple for a near two-hour comedy that doesn’t exactly pile on the laughs, but the actors are all likeable and do a great job mining the situations for subtle comedy.  has a terrific cameo as a zoned-out surfing instructor.

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