Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Segell is a charming, albeit goofy guy. I think he knows this. I also think a bit of self loathing may have been worked out through his script for this film. It pulls no punches for his character; a muscian with musical aspirations slumming away scoring bad television shows.  No, in fact it exposes him, completely naked, to the world for all to see.

But it is all so damn funny. I think part of the reason this film works so well is its ability to look at bad scars that most folks have, without flinching, yet with a sense of humor that won’t even begin to let depression creep in. We’ve all had our hearts broken. We’ve all been exposed and had fools made of ourselves. We’ve all been proved chickenshit to some degree. We’ve all loved. We’ve all longed for adventure. And sometimes, when we’re not looking, we find more than we ever would have expected.

Sure the Laughs are brought in as well. Aldus Snow, the loveable but hard to love rocker is a riot, but is hardly ever believeable. Whether he is looking for his shoe’s double (not like an evil one/I was wearing two this morning, right?) or letting the ocean take him where it may, he is so caught up in his own world and in everything that is being a Rocker, that, for all I know, it may be closer to the truth then I want to admit. Snow is worth the price of admission alone, with his antics and hilarious songs, such as “We’ve Got To Do Something.”

And then there’s the whole Appatow business, in which there are certain things you can pretty much take for granted, some good (Rudd), some bad (the fat curly haired kid). Strangely enough, you can almost certainly be sure of a near two hour running time with an Appatow production as well. I’m not sure why this is.

Mostly, it’s Segel’s show, however, for he bares the truth, and therefore gets our affection, and our heartiest laughs. And ever slacker and loser and loner alike will relate to him. And while they may not find solace in a Milas Kunis, at least they can return to her in this film.

 

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