WHEN PETER GOT DUMPED BY HIS GIRLFRIEND, HE WANTED TO GET AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE. APPARENTLY… SO DID SHE.
TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) breaks up with her boyfriend (Jason Segel) who is devastated; he goes to Hawaii to lick his wounds… but immediately runs into Sarah, who has a new boyfriend. How I Met Your Mother star Segel took some of his own experiences from previous relationships and wrote a funny script that first-time director Nicholas Stoller has turned into a crowd-pleasing, raunchy movie in producer Judd Apatow’s taste. Segel certainly proves that he can carry a film; he’s both warm and hilarious, and ably supported by his women, Bell and Mila Kunis. Thankfully, the story also avoids being mean-spirited… and overlong, like Apatow’s flicks.
2008-U.S. 112 min. Color. Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Screenplay: Jason Segel. Cast: Jason Segel (Peter Bretter), Mila Kunis (Rachel Jansen), Kristen Bell (Sarah Marshall), Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Russell Brand… Jonah Hill, William Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig.
Trivia: Followed by a spin-off movie, Get Him to the Greek (2010).
Last word: “Because Judd [Apatow’s] so powerful right now, the studio was pretty hands off. As for comment cards, it ranged from audiences being way too savvy and literally talking about whether the movie would have appeal in the 18-25 demographic to being pretty dumb. The funniest ones were from guys in the audience who were so mad at having to see Jason Segel’s penis, but in a homoerotic way. They were like, ‘Why do we have to see his penis for so long? I hate looking at his penis. It makes me want to make out with my roommate.'” (Stoller, Gawker)