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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (3-Disc)
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10.03.2008 By: Mathew Plale
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (3-Disc) order
Director:
Nicholas Stoller

Actors:
Jason Segel
Kristen Bell
Russell Brand

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A heartbroken TV theme songwriter (Segel) heads to Hawaii to clear his head...only to find his ex (Bell) has brought her new beau (Brand) to the same hotel.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Steve Carrell, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill have had their turn as lead. Now, Jason Segel, who has remained content being cast as a background character (or not at all), stars in and writes Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the latest from the Judd Apatow canon.

After his girlfriend leaves him, “songwriter” Peter Bretter (Segel) bangs out a list of easy rebounds (one won’t stop saying “Hi” during sex) and spins Sinead O’Connor—but that won’t help him forget his ex, TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). So Peter, on his stepbrother’s (Bill Hader) advice, heads to a Hawaiian resort…where, as comedy would have it, Sarah and her new boytoy, famed singer-songwriter Aldous Snow (new Brit sensation Russell Brand) have come to lay low.

Peter has a series of run-ins with the couple, which range from faraway dinners and front desk awkwardness to double dates and dueling fake orgasms (with aid from helpful hotel clerk Rachel, played by Mila Kunis). It won’t take long for Forgetting Sarah Marshall to win over its target audience (the naked breakup occurs four minutes in), and it’s not likely to lose their interest, even in its near two-hour running time. It’s overlong and meanders at times (as do The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up), yes, but it’s consistently funny, in part to Segel’s debut screenplay, and familiar faces Jack McBrayer (smile-a-minute Kenneth on 30 Rock), Jonah Hill, and the scene-stealing Paul Rudd.

A well-noted trademark to Apatow’s films is the heart. The characters are thrown into alien scenarios (be it a woman, parenthood, or heartbreak), and solve their problems as people (not characters), all while keeping the other crowd guffawing at the R-rated humor.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is no different. Segel, Apatow, and debut director Nicholas Stoller (a story editor on Apatow’s short-lived series Undeclared) balance the funny bone and the heart, showing that not only is breaking up hard to do…but it’s also easy to laugh at.
THE EXTRAS
Disc One:

Both the Theatrical Version (1 hr. 51 mins.) and Unrated Version (1 hr. 58 mins.).

Commentary with Director Nick Stoller, Executive Producer Rodney Rothman, Producer Shauna Robertson, Writer/Star Jason Segel, and Cast Members Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, and Jack McBrayer: This is a loose (yet crowded) track, with the cast and crew cracking jokes consistently.

Deleted/Extended Scenes (8:33): There are six here, most of which would have felt excessive in the already-long feature, including an additional post-“Devil” moment between Peter and Sarah.

Line-O-Rama (7:49) is a montage of cut, improvised lines. Hysterical.

Gag Reel (5:45) shows the main players ad-libbing and flubbing lines.

“Dracula’s Lament” (3:17) is a table read for the scene centering on Peter’s debut of the music from his upcoming rock opera.

“A Taste For Love” (6:18) is a look at the making of Jason/Peter’s Dracula rock opera. A funny addition, with interviews and on-set footage.

Raw Footage – Video Chat (7:14) is an extended string of flubs and unused takes from the computer scenes between Jason Segel, Bill Hader, and Liz Cackowski.

Also included is a Music Video and the Red Band Trailer.

Disc Two:

Deleted/Extended Scenes (10:56): There are five more in this collection; again, all excessive and cut for running time purposes.

“Dracula’s Lament” Mixed Version (2:20): Jason/Peter offers an alternate version of his classic, with imitations of Fred Schneider and Tom Waits.

Puppet Break-Up (2:30): Dracula gets dumped…while he’s naked.

Sex-O-Rama (2:44) and Drunk-O-Rama (2:30) are compilations similar to Disc One’s Line-O-Rama.

Russell Brand: Aldous Snow (5:56) observes Brand’s style and his rock star counterpart Aldous Snow.

The Letter “U” (3:53): This parody of Sesame Street features Aldous Snow struggling through a sing-a-long with a pair of disinterested children.

Crime Scene: This section offers Alternate Scenes (2:21) of the fake show, as well as a Hunter Rush Line-O-Rama (1:53), with Billy Baldwin spitting out numerous one-liners.

Sarah’s Show Alternates (2:16) is a collection of clips for potential Sarah Marshall projects in Forgetting

Raw Footage – Aldous and Peter in Hotel Lobby (9:09) offers flubs and unused takes between Brand and Segel; similar to Disc One’s Raw Footage bit.

Video Diaries (34:59): Lead Jason Segel and various cast/crew members guide us through the production (from day one up to the wrap) of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, filmed primarily on location in Hawaii. A refreshing inclusion to the disc, considering few extras have gone behind-the-scenes.

Auditions: The tapes of Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Jack McBrayer, and Maria Thayer are included and can be viewed separately or as a bunch.

Cinemax Final Cut (16:26) is an interview/clip-heavy special, with Segel, Apatow, Brand, and others share laughs and stories, from the infamous penis scene to surviving a breakup.

Also included is a third disc, which contains a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is funny, though it drags at times. Whether it's worth owning is easy, but which version? The single disc is best for the casual fan, while the 3-disc contains a plethora of extras (though some are space-fillers that you won't watch most more than once) for the die-hard.
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