WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Matt Perry stars as Joe Tyler, a process server who’ll do whatever’s necessary to deliver legal documents to his victims. This time around, his gorgeous victim turns out to be the adorable Liz Hurley, who in turn tries to convince our hero to see things her way and turn the tables on her jerk of a redneck husband, played by Bruce Campbell.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I did some research before watching this dud. I managed to dig up Matt Perry’s NBC contract which states that he may at any time during his hiatus from FRIENDS make comedies but…hold on, there’s a catch. He can act in comedies as long as they’re not funny! Well, after FOOLS RUSH IN, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, THREE TO TANGO and now SERVING SARA, he’s certainly doing a great job of honoring that document. Which is a shame because he’s a charming, sarcastic and loveable comedian in real life and there are even a few occasions in this misfire that his sarcastic quips made me laugh out loud (and a couple of really funny accents), but not nearly enough times. Unfortunately SERVING SARA has a very weak story starring a talented comedian with really embarrassing “comedic” dialogue; you know the type of one-liners that a 5 or 6 year old might find funny. Bruce Campbell, who can be a goddamn riot sometimes, is also wasted; Vincent Pastore has some of the least humorous lines in the film and Cedric the Entertainer does a terrific job once again at...not being funny. It seems the screenwriters were so busy thinking up an intricate road movie that they didn’t realize that this was a comedy and that they should also try to make the audience laugh!
Okay, now that I got that out of way, let me say this: go rent this movie! Yes, it's only got about 6 or 7 real laughs in it and the story is as believable as a PETER PAN, but it also co-stars the multi-talented beauty Elizabeth Hurley. And I'm not just being a "guy" here. This woman is really something else. She’s charming, intelligent, fun, a good actress, physically perfect and has great screen presence galore. Her accent is also infectious and she’s cute as a button to boot. She also possesses the most important quality that an actress in a romantic comedy should have, which is believability: you totally believe that any man (or woman) would very easily fall in love her. Unfortunately, she too has starred in a few clunkers (BEDAZZLED, EDTV) but does tend to be the best thing about those flicks. The only times I was really into the movie was during the slower, more romantic moments between Perry and Elizabeth; hell who knows, this might’ve worked as a straight romance. Anyway, who cares, this is a movie that truly doesn’t deserve its two very talented stars.
There’s quite a few extras to choose from. There’s a 20-minute behind the scenes featurette in which the actors and director talk about how funny everyone is (only Perry comes close to that in the film). The only thing I discovered from this ditty is that the director Reggie Hudlin is a real sharp and likeable guy which just makes me feel worse for the man (then again, he’s also the fellow responsible for LADIES MAN and the “classic” BOOMERANG). There are also plenty of deleted and alternate scenes as well as 3 outtakes, with options on all for the director’s commentary. All but one of these deserved to remain on the cutting room floor; there’s a pretty funny deleted scene involving Pastore at a traffic light asking for directions.
The disc also includes the original trailer which is worth watching again if only for the money shot of Ms. Hurley’s jeans being torn to shreds. Yum. There is an option for the director’s commentary during the film as well, but unfortunately the cast is not involved (a few Matt Perry zingers would’ve been nice). The director chimes in once in a blue moon and raves about the talented cast and crew and of course, how great the people of Texas were during the filming of this bore. If you end up liking this bomb, the extras do satisfy.
This movie bothers me because it has plenty of elements that could have made it a success: an intelligent director, a funny star, a fun and breathtaking actress; and they’re all surrounded by character actors that are usually quite funny. It’s too bad the script is packed with lazy jokes and boring physical comedy pieces. If you still haven’t discovered the British bombshell Hurley and you just can’t get enough of your Matt Perry cracks, then rent this stinker, otherwise get the hell out of the video store this week.