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Not to be Forgotten

From the guys that brought you about every other comedy movie released in the last few years, we have the latest Apatow produced film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” written by and starring the offbeat Jason Segel (Probably most notably known for “Freaks and Geeks” and “How I Met Your Mother”)

So we yet again have another Apatow entry that’s fairly good, not great but worth seeing for some adequate comedy. I think some of the jokes here were pretty clever, though I’m not sure some were as effective as others. Aside from some of Segel’s nude sequences, it took me a while to get into it. The direction was a little sloppy when it came to pacing and I have to admit Segel’s script could of been more polished. I felt like I was still watching what was the first draft of a screenplay, funny but not yet fully realized

I like to think that perhaps my expectations were too high. Richard Roeper for one set it up as one of the greatest comedies in years, which I can’t really agree with. I don’t even think it was up to the standards of 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up. Well aside from my knitpicking, what were the aspects that made this an enjoyable experience? Well byt the time Segel and company got to Hawaii I definitely started to get more into it. Probably some of my favorite jokes were the more subtle exchanges, such as the conversation about Sarah’s “Killer Cellphone Thriller Film” which I suppose was a “Metaphor for a crap movie.” and especially some of the exchanges between Segel and Bill Hader.

If I had to agree on what sells the movie, I definitely say it’s the cooky cast. Especially notable is Russel Brand as the philosophical frontman of “Infant Sorrow” the hip “Aldous Snow” a character that could of been taken too over-the-top but was kept more subtle. Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell were naturally less silly characters as they were mostly love interests, but even they had their moments. Of course all of the “Apatow Regulars” shined (as they often do) in their bit parts. Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and others brought on plenty of wackiness and awkward situations for all to enjoy. So I’m gonna keep it brief here, though I really am anxious for a film to be on par with “Superbad” and “Knocked Up” it’s still kind of nice to get all these lesser, yet still fun comedies in the meantime. Their definitely better than the competition, which at this time is basically terrible Dane Cook movies. So this one is surely worth seeing (despite my seemingly average 3 star rating),… Perhaps not a film you should be “Forgetting” to see? Ehh, ehh?

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