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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Produced by Judd Apatow
Shauna Robertson
Rodney Rothman
Written by Jason Segel
Starring Jason Segel
Kristen Bell
Mila Kunis
Russell Brand
Music by Lyle Workman
Cinematography Russ T. Alsobrook
Editing by William Kerr
Studio Universal Pictures
Apatow Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 18, 2008
Running time Theatrical cut:
110 minutes
Unrated cut:
117 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30,000,000
Gross revenue $105,173,115
Followed by Get Him to the Greek

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Russell Brand. The film, which was also written by Segel and produced by Judd Apatow, was released by Universal Studios.

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Plot

Composer Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is in a five-year relationship with television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), who plays the main character of a CSI-esque television show, of which Peter writes the score. One day, Sarah arrives at his house and informs him that she's leaving him, which is soon revealed to be for someone else. Devastated, Peter starts having sex with random strangers, but he is still unable to overcome his grief. Upon advice from his stepbrother (Bill Hader), he decides to take a trip to Hawaii and stay at a resort Sarah once mentioned; when he goes there, he is confronted by Sarah and her new boyfriend, the narcissistic English rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), with the stage name Infant Sorrow. Seeing his plight, the sympathetic receptionist, Rachel (Mila Kunis) gives him an expensive suite provided he cleans up after himself. Peter begins his vacation weeping in his suite and drinking alcoholic beverages all day, but later begins hanging out with Rachel. After a few nights out together, Peter begins to develop feelings for Rachel. Peter also forms a tentative friendship with Aldous. Unfortunately, Peter is soon forced to vacate his suite and move into a room next door to Sarah and Aldous.

During the vacation, Sarah receives a phone-call, which informs her that her show has been cancelled. She is distraught and reveals to Peter that she fears losing her public image and fading. This incident also starts to raise tensions in Sarah and Aldous's relationship when he reveals that he intends to go on a band tour, which he hadn't told Sarah about. Periodically, the movie flashes back during the moments in Peter and Sarah's relationship and the differences in their current relationships now.

One day, while out on a surfing trip with Aldous, Peter becomes angry when Aldous mentions to him that Sarah had in fact started sleeping with him a full year before the two had broken up. When Peter confronts Sarah about this, she tells him she did it because he had become lazy and she couldn't do anything to make it work, despite reading self-help books and seeking professional advice.

Sarah and Aldous' relationship deteriorates over the course of an awkward meal with Peter and Rachel. Peter and both women continue to drink to ease their discomfort, while Aldous goes on to talk about his belief in freely sleeping with any woman he meets as a way to get the most out of life. After dinner, Peter takes Rachel back to his hotel room and they start having sex. Sarah, who is in the room next to his, overhears them and start trying to do the same with Aldous with highly exaggerated yells and moans. Peter and Rachel hear them and join in the yelling, playing along like it's a game. When Aldous notices Sarah is clearly faking orgasms loudly to try and get a rise out of Peter, he stops the sex and tells her the trip was a mistake, as she's clearly not over Peter. They insult each other and their differences become very clear, prompting Aldous to call off the relationship. In the other room, Peter tells Rachel that he's really enjoyed spending time with her, and she feels the same way.

Peter encounters Aldous in the hotel lobby, who is preparing to return to England, and gives Peter a warmer farewell than he did Sarah, after harshly comparing his vacation with her to "a little holiday with Hitler" and commending Peter on having the patience to have been with Sarah for five years. Peter goes to Sarah's room to console her, but she admits she's still in love with him, and tries to rekindle their romance. After Sarah begins foreplay on him, Peter finds himself unable to continue, because she'd broken his heart and he likes Rachel now. He angrily calls Sarah the devil before storming off.

Feeling he should be honest with Rachel, he tells her what happened. Rachel tells him to leave and never to speak to her again. Peter agrees, but then visits a bar they once frequented, to remove a topless photo of her which she hated. Peter endures a beating from the bar's owner, but retrieves the photo, and wordlessly returns to the hotel to hand it back to Rachel, who is shocked.

Peter flies back to the mainland where, after a phase of self-loathing, he continues working on a Dracula rock opera, titled "A Taste for Love" — and sends an invitation for the opening night to Rachel. Initially reluctant, she decides to attend the premiere. The opening night is a huge success, and Rachel congratulates Peter, also revealing that she is checking out some schools in the area to attend. Rachel leaves so Peter can enjoy the success, until she decides to head back to Peter's dressing room to tell him she missed him. Peter is naked and embarrassed, as he was at the beginning of the movie, but happy as he tells her the same thing and they kiss.

During the credits, a preview is shown for Sarah Marshall's new show with Jason Bateman — a detective crime drama similar to her last one, called Animal Instincts, wherein she plays a detective who is also an animal psychic.

Cast

  • Jason Segel as Peter "Pete" Bretter: A slobbish composer for the TV show, Crime Scene. He is working on a rock opera involving puppets and based on Dracula called A Taste for Love. He is enamoured with his five-year girlfriend who eventually breaks up with him and causes him great depression and makes him head to Hawaii.
  • Kristen Bell as Sarah Marshall: A famous working actress for the TV show, Crime Scene. She breaks up with Peter due to his slobbish behavior and the fact that she started an affair with rockstar Aldous Snow a year before the break-up. She soon realizes that she truly loved Peter.
  • Mila Kunis as Rachel Jansen: A front desk lady for a Hawaiian hotel who falls in love with Peter, she at first sympathizes with him and they begin dating. She tries to make Peter more outgoing. Her history involves moving to Hawaii with her ex-boyfriend and never finishing school.
  • Russell Brand as Aldous Snow: A stereotypical British rockstar and lead singer of a band called "Infant Sorrow". He is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.
  • Bill Hader as Brian Bretter: Peter's stepbrother and best friend who usually criticizes him for the better. Brian communicates with Peter in Hawaii via computer uplink, where he creates various backgrounds for himself.
  • Liz Cackowski as Liz Bretter: Brian's wife who was his one and only girlfriend and who usually sneaks in on Brian's computer conversations.
  • Jack McBrayer as Darald Braden: A religious effeminate man who does not like certain aspects of sexual intercourse and is having trouble satisfying his new wife. With the help of Aldous Snow, he eventually makes both of them achieve an orgasm.
  • Maria Thayer as Wyoma Braden: The voluptuous wife of Darald.
  • Jonah Hill as Matthew Van Der Wyk: A hotel employee and obsessive fan of Aldous who constantly does strange and random things. He is a waiter and Aldous describes him as "an eccentric and confident young man".
  • Paul Rudd as Chuck / Kunu[1] A strange surfing instructor who often forgets people and who is 44 years of age by his own estimate.
  • Jason Bateman as Animal Instincts Detective: A character on Sarah Marshall's latest show, Animal Instincts
  • William Baldwin as Himself / Det. Hunter Rush: In the film's universe, William Baldwin is the "hard-to-love" co-star on Sarah's show. He is referred to as "Billy Baldwin" and Peter briefly suspects him of having an affair with Sarah.
  • Kristen Wiig as Yoga Instructor (Unrated Version)

Filming

All filming locations were in the state of Hawaii and in Los Angeles. While filming the movie, lead actor Jason Segel told a New York Times interviewer that the naked break up scenes were based on a real life experience he had.[2] The film features a great deal of improvised dialogue; according to director Nicholas Stoller, it's "60 or 70 percent scripted and then 30 or 40 percent improv".[3]

Release and reception

The film was promoted with a "teaser" billboard campaign, featuring the text "I hate Sarah Marshall" and the URL for the film's website.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $17.7 million in 2,798 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office behind The Forbidden Kingdom, and averaging $6,335 per theater in the US and per theater in Canada.[4] It opened behind other Apatow productions such as Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Talladega Nights,[5] but ahead of his recent films Walk Hard[5] and Drillbit Taylor.[6]

As of February 2009, Forgetting Sarah Marshall has grossed an estimated total of $105.2 million worldwide; $63.2 million in North America and $42 million in other territories.[7]

Forgetting Sarah Marshall has received positive reviews from numerous critics. As of January 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 84% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 165 reviews - with the consensus being that the film "finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy."[8] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 67 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.[9]

Matt Pais of the Chicago Tribune said it's "the kind of movie you could watch all day because, like a new flame, you can't get enough of its company and are just glad to see where it takes you."[10] Richard Roeper highly praised the film for its laugh-out-loud moments as well as its worthiness to be an instant classic and went as far as to say he would put it on his list of 50 favorite comedies of all time.[11]

Other positive reviews come from Entertainment Weekly who gave the film a B+ and applauded "Jason Segel's riff on varieties of male bewilderment,"[12] and Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle', who wrote "Segel's breakthrough movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, deserves to ride the wave of the latest, hottest micro-trend in pictures: the romantic comedy for guys."[13]

Home Media release

The DVD and Blu-ray disc was released on September 30, 2008. At the DVD sales chart, Forgetting Sarah Marshall opened at #2 and sold 652,000 units, translating to $12,905,492 in revenue. As of the latest figures, 1,402,200 DVD units have been sold, acquiring revenue of $26,500,749. This does not include Blu-ray sales/DVD rentals.[14]

It was released in a single-disc DVD edition, a three-disc collector's DVD edition, a two-disc Blu-ray edition, and the Ultimate Unrated Comedy Collection containing the collectors' editions of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up on either DVD or Blu-ray Disc. The title will also be released on various electronic download services. It was released on DVD in Australia (region 4) on August 20, in a single and 2-Disc Unforgettable Edition and was also recently released on Blu-Ray disc in Australia on November 5.

Soundtrack

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released April 15, 2008
Genre Soundtrack

The soundtrack of Forgetting Sarah Marshall was released on April 15, 2008

  1. "Love You Madly" by Cake
  2. "We've Got to Do Something" by Infant Sorrow
  3. "You Can't Break A Heart and Have It" by Black Francis
  4. "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying" by Belle & Sebastian
  5. "More Than Words" by Aloha Sex Juice
  6. "Dracula's Lament" by Jason Segel
  7. "Inside of You" by Infant Sorrow
  8. "Fucking Boyfriend" by The Bird and the Bee
  9. "Intensified" by Desmond Dekker
  10. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by The Coconutz
  11. "Baby" by Os Mutantes
  12. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by The Coconutz
  13. "A Taste for Love" by Forgetting Sarah Marshall Cast
  14. "The Secret Sun" by Jesse Harris
  15. "Everybody Hurts" by The Coconutz
  16. "Animal instincts" by The Transcenders featuring J7 D'Star

The film also featured "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by The Smiths as well as "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor (later appears in the credits covered by The Coconutz, however not both are on the soundtrack). The songs can be heard in the background during the scene early in the movie in which Peter's brother deletes all of Peter's photos. "Amber" by 311 can also be heard in the background during the bar after Peter and Rachel's first date - but also isn't on the soundtrack. Playa Azul from Los Amigos Invisibles is also played in one of the bar scenes. Another song not featured on the soundtrack is Heavy Lifting from New York band Ambulance Ltd.

Awards and nominations

Forgetting Sarah Marshall was nominated for five awards for the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, though it did not win any awards. The nominations were:

  • Movie, Breakout Female: Kristen Bell
  • Movie, Breakout Female: Mila Kunis
  • Movie, Breakout Male: Jason Segel
  • Movie, Romantic Comedy
  • Movie, Actress Comedy: Kristen Bell

On The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008 on TBS, Forgetting Sarah Marshall was voted "The Funniest Film of 2008".

Spin-off

A spin-off is planned for 2010 reuniting director Stoller and producer Judd Apatow with stars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Brand reprises his role of Aldous Snow, while Hill plays an entirely new character.

References

  1. ^ Meeting Kunu - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 13, 2008). "A Young Actor With Nothing to Hide". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/13/movies/13itzk.html. Retrieved 2010-3-5. 
  3. ^ Potosky, Mallory (April 14, 2008). "Nick Stoller Can't Forget Sarah Marshall". MovieMaker.com. http://www.moviemaker.com/directing/page2/nick_stoller_forgetting_sarah_marshall_20080413/. Retrieved 2010-3-5. 
  4. ^ "Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=forgettingsarahmarshall.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Judd Apatow Movie Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Producer&id=juddapatow.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Drillbit Taylor (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=drillbittaylor.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/FSMAR.php. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Forgetting Sarah Marshall Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/forgetting_sarah_marshall/. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/forgettingsarahmarshall. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  10. ^ Forgetting Sarah Marshall | Metromix Chicago
  11. ^ Ebert & Roeper review of Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  12. ^ EW review: Remember 'Sarah Marshall' - CNN.com
  13. ^ Mick LaSalle (April 18, 2008). "Movie review: He can't forget 'Sarah Marshall'". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/18/DDKP106M50.DTL. 
  14. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/FSMAR-DVD.php

External links

Fictional websites created for the film

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Contents

Peter

  • Stop pulling my face towards your face.
    • Pulling my shirt towards you is the same concept as pulling my face.
  • You're were like one of those girls from Flavor Of Love. "I'll kill you! I'll kill you!'
  • Like this, I used to leave the tops of my cereal boxes open, and my cereal would get stale. Then one day I came home and she had this waiting for me, because it keeps my cereal fresh, and now I have the freshest cereal.
  • I'll sit down, but I'm sitting down because I want to, not because you've asked me to ... sit. Okay?
  • I find you both very sexually attractive
  • You shall not pass!!!!!

Kunu

  • (singing to the tune of "Let It Snow") Oh the weather outside is weather.
  • I like her hair. I wonder if the carpet matches her pubes.
  • You sound like you're from London!
  • When life hands you lemons, just say fuck the lemons and bail.
  • The less you do, the more you do!
  • I don't really believe in age or numbers, you know? I don't ... I mean if you had to put a number on it, I guess I'd be ... fourty-four? Fuck!

Darald

  • Let me just say that if God was a city planner, he would not put a playground next to a sewage system.
  • Life is full of lessons. You learn something new every day so... I wonder what I'm going to learn tomorrow.
  • God put our mouths on our head for a reason. No!
  • Off to find the mythical clitoris!
  • She's complicated like the DaVinci code, ya know but harder to crack.
  • You've got Christ between your thighs...but with a shorter beard.

Aldous Snow

  • (In response to Matthew the waiter's question about how Aldous liked his CD) Oh, I was gonna listen to your CD, but then I just went on living my life.
  • I would rather have my testicles spread wafer thin and then sort of pasted with honey and then have wasps unleashed at my own genitals and then I would like the resulting stings to be covered in vinegar and sort of worn as a swimming cap by a Nazi. (Gag reels)

Sarah

  • (Sarah, mocking Aldus Snow's accent:) Oh, I'm Aldus Snow... booshit, booshit, booshit, booshit. No, no drinks for me thanks... booshit, booshit, booshit.

Dialogue

Peter: You know, I can play something else- I just think out of context it's...
Rachel: Dracula musical!
Peter: ...thank you.

Peter: (while hanging from a cliff) So what should I do? I should just let go?
Rachel: No, no, no, no, no. If you let go, you'll probably land on the rocks and die.
Peter: ...totally.

Aldous Snow: It kind of reminded me of like a dark, gothic Neil Diamond.
Peter: That is like, exactly what I'm going for.

Sarah: Telling me now isn't really the same thing as telling me
Aldous Snow: Well look, I haven't told you I have genital herpes because it's not inflamed at the moment.

Peter: Are you Chuck?
Kunu: Oh man, you know, they won't change that flyer. That's my mainland name. My Hawaiian name is Kunu!
Peter: Oh, cool, sorry man.
Kunu: Nah, it's all good!
Peter: Does Kunu have some, like, cool Hawaiian meaning?
Kunu: It means Chuck.

Kunu: It looks like you got a little pain behind those eyes.
Peter: Yeah, maybe a little.
Kunu: There's really only one cure for that.
Peter: Yeah, what's that?
Kunu: Weed. You got any?
Peter: No.
Kunu: Oh. Well then let's go surfin'!

Girl: Hi.
Peter: Hi.
Girl: Hi.
Peter: Hi.
Girl: Hi.
Peter: Ok, um do you mind not saying that while we're Fucking.
Girl: You can gag me.
Peter: Y-You brought a gag?
Girl: And handcuffs. Do you wanna gag me?
Peter: Well kind of now.








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