If you’re going through a break-up and are in need of a feel-good movie to help you make it through the day, look no further: Forgetting Sarah Marshall will do the trick. Written by How I met Your Mother‘s Jason Segel, it’s a hilarious comedy about a guy who gets dumped by his tv star girlfriend. And while his devastation over his split is completely relatable, the only tears you’re going to shed watching this film are from laughing.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008): Directed by Nicholas Stoller (Bad Neighbours 1+2); running-time 1h 51mins.; starring Jason Segel (Marshall from How I met your Mother), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, When in Rome), Mila Kunis (Friends with Benefits, That 70s show), Russell Brand (Rock of Ages, Get him to the Greek), Jonah Hill (Superbad, 21 Jump Street), Bill Hader (SNL, Trainwreck), Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Clueless).
What’s it about: When his girlfriend of five years (Bell) breaks up with him, a devastated composer (Segel) travels to Hawaii to get over her, but is shocked to find that his ex is there with a new lover (Brand).
What’s it really about? Sometimes you have to take a step back to realise that your ex really wasn’t all that great
- You’re presently trying to get over somebody
- You’re looking for something funny to lift your spirits – to watch on your own, or with your group of friends (male or female)
- You’ve ever dated someone and later on realised that they really weren’t all that great to begin with
- You always thought HIMYM‘s Marshall was hilarious: Jason Segel, who played Marshall on the sitcom, wrote the screenplay for Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- You’ve ever felt out of place somewhere because you were unattached: when Peter arrives at the resort, he becomes painfully aware of the fact that he is surrounded by newlyweds and loved-up couples while he is trying to mend his broken heart
- You like movies that take a comedic approach to break-ups, such as 500 Days of Summer, Celeste and Jesse forever and Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist
- You’ve been waiting to see a film set in Hawaii that isn’t completely whitewashed (I’m looking at you, Aloha): sure, all the principal characters in this film are white, but they’re either tourists or it is explicitly stated that they moved out there recently. Moreover, the film does feature native Hawaians as secondary characters, such as Kemo (played by Hawaii 5-0’s Taylor Wily), Rachel’s ex (played by Kala Alexander) and his sidekick (played by surfer Kalani Robb)
- You’re 100 % done with crime shows: Forgetting Sarah Marshall pokes fun at shows such as CSI: Miami by having the eponymous Sarah Marshall star on the most generic crime show of all titled Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime
- You appreciate the out-of-this-universe weirdness of Russell Brand: let’s be honest, he’s practically playing himself in this film
- You enjoyed Get him to the Greek which was something of a spin-off or sequel for Russell Brand’s character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, lothario-rockstar Aldous Snow
Most memorable scene: Peter goes to have dinner by himself and is single-shamed by the Maitre’D
Most memorable quote:
Rachel: We’re getting calls about a woman crying hysterically
Peter: Yeah, y’know,I hear it too, it sounds like she’s having a tough time, I think its coming from the floor above me
Rachel: You’re on the top floor.
Peter: I‘ll try to keep it down.
Magic Music Moment: Rachel challenges Peter to perform a song from his Dracula musical at a bar. I for one would pay good money to see a musical about a lovesick Dracula – no kidding!
Where can I watch? Forgetting Sarah Marshall is available for streaming on Amazon, iTunes, Maxdome, Google Play as well as Netflix Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Italy