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  • It follows the trend of all Apatow productions in promoting vulgar comedies bursting with heart, and is, in my opinion, one of the finest movies produced by him to date

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      Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a romantic comedy with an almost universal appeal, simply because it is, at it’s heart, a great movie. The plot isn’t meant to appeal solely to women, or even towards men, as one would expect from a Judd Apatow Production. Instead, it is a movie that everyone can enjoy, as long as they’re old enough.

      A plot that would, in the hands of a generic Hollywood writer, be considered trite becomes a hilarious spectacle of romance, vulgarity, heart, and full frontal male nudity. (twice.

      ) Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) stars as the adoring boyfriend of the titular Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), until she dumps him within the first five minutes

      of the movie. Peter, naturally, is devastated, and attempts to ease the pain with numerous one night stands and sexual escapades.

      Finally, at the urging of his stepbrother (Bill Hader) Peter decides that, in order to get over Sarah, he needs a vacation. The picturesque Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii provides the backdrop for the rest of the film, as Peter attempts to get over Sarah (who, lo and behold, is staying at the same hotel with her new boyfriend, Aldous Snow.

      ) Russel Brand’s portrayal of Snow, a loose, fictionalized caricature of Liam and Noel Gallagher, is one of the highlights of the movie: even though the audience is at first introduced ...

      • to him as a shallow, narcissistic idiot, by the end, we come to love him, simply because he is so cool. Being a Judd Apatow production, of course, this is expected: numerous past collaborators appear throughout the movie, most notably Paul Rudd as Koonoo, the lovable, p[ot-addled surfing instructor.

        Also of note is 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer, who is widely becoming one of the most hilarious actors working today. The movie follows Peter’s attempts to both get over Sarah and get his life back on track, as he begins romancing hotel receptionist Rachel (Mila Kunis).

        The primary strength of this movie lies with it’s characters, who are given lives of their own through

        the hilarious direction of Nicholas Stoller. One of my favorite touches is the musical Peter writes: a love story about Dracula, performed entirely with puppets and meant to sound like a “dark, gothic Neil Diamond.

        ) The finale where it is performed is one of the funniest scenes of the movie, made even better by the gleeful overacting of Bill Hader’s character. Even if romantic comedies aren’t your type of movie, there is almost something in Forgetting Sarah Marshall that will appeal to you.

        It follows the trend of all Apatow productions in promoting vulgar comedies bursting with heart, and is, in my opinion, one of the finest movies produced by him to date.

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