|Forgetting Sarah Marshall|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nicholas Stoller|
|Produced by||Judd Apatow
|Written by||Jason Segel|
|Music by||Lyle Workman|
|Cinematography||Russ T. Alsobrook|
|Editing by||William Kerr|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 18, 2008|
|Running time||Theatrical cut:
|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.
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.
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. 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".
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. It opened behind other Apatow productions such as Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Talladega Nights, but ahead of his recent films Walk Hard and Drillbit Taylor.
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.
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." Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 67 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.
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." 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.
Other positive reviews come from Entertainment Weekly who gave the film a B+ and applauded "Jason Segel's riff on varieties of male bewilderment," 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."
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.
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.
|Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack by Various Artists|
|Released||April 15, 2008|
The soundtrack of Forgetting Sarah Marshall was released on April 15, 2008
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.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall was nominated for five awards for the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, though it did not win any awards. The nominations were:
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.