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Film Review: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

(Universal. 1 hour, 52 minutes. Rated R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.) Jason Segel (Peter Bretter), Kristen Bell (Sarah Marshall), Mila Kunis (Rachel Jansen), Russell Brand (Aldous Snow), Bill Hader (Brian Bretter), Paul Rudd (Chuck), Jonah Hill (Matthew the Waiter), Steve Landesberg (Dr. Rosenbaum). Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Music by Lyle Workman. Opened 4/18.

Enjoyable entry from the ever-busy Judd Apatow factory. After a devastating break-up with his girlfriend, TV sitcom star Sarah, a heartbroken and depressed Peter heads to Hawaii for a little vacation to try to forget her. As only happens in movies and TV shows, he arrives at a breathtaking Oahu resort only to find his former flame is also there, with her new rock-star boyfriend complete with rock-star name, Aldous Snow. A potential distraction for Peter is the lovely Rachel, the hotel’s customer service rep. Along for the ride are Apatow stalwarts Hader (as Peter’s stepbrother and advice-giver), Hill (as a fawning waiter), and Rudd (as a stoner surfing instructor). As Peter, the big, lumbering Segel is affable, and game (he treats us to the Full Monty several times, as you’ve already heard). Funny scenes alternate with some slow stretches; I would have trimmed the movie by about 10 minutes in the second half, as the pace starts to flag. Preceding the movie was an R-rated trailer for producer Apatow’s promising next project, Pineapple Express, due later this summer.

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