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Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader ... see more see more... , Jonah Hill , Paul Rudd , Jack McBrayer , Maria Thayer , William Baldwin , Jason Bateman , Billy Bush , Steve Landesberg , Liz Cackowski

Peter Bretter has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall. He's the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speec... read more read more...hes. But his world is rocked when she dumps him and Peter finds himself alone. After an unsuccessful bout of womanizing and an on-the-job nervous breakdown, he sees that not having Sarah may just ruin his life. To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: his ex and her tragically hip new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous, are sharing his hotel. But, as he torments himself with the reality of Sarah's new life, he finds relief in a flirtation with Rachel, a beautiful resort employee whose laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world. He also finds relief in several hundred embarrassing, fruity cocktails.

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DVD Release Date: October 5, 2008

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  • May 2, 2009
    Cute, funny movie. Jason segal and Mila Kunis did a wonderful job. Russell Brand is hilarious. Full of fun romantic comedy cliches but well worth the 2 hours.
  • August 9, 2012
    This is what happens when all the right people come together to do the right project. Funny and very memorable.
  • May 4, 2012

    Sarah Marshall is one of those Apatow comedies that puts Slot A into Slot B and doesn't try to do much more than that. As a romantic comedy it sometimes relies on too many ideas from other films that sha... read morere the same plot elements. Jason Segel also wrote the screenplay for the film, I think he is a hilariously funny guy but his character Peter, although likable and often funny is similar to Seth Rogen in Knocked Up and Jonah Hill in the Marshall spin off; Get Him to the Greek. As far as rom com's are concerned it's unoriginal but holds tightly together with raunchy humour that doesn't change it's tone but makes it even funnier. Full of charm and sharp performances, it's not an Apatow breakthrough like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Knocked Up or Step Brothers it's very watchable and highly enjoyable.
  • March 9, 2012
    Good balance of raunchiness and romance. Funny but it wasn't as funny as I'd like it to be. Still a good time to sit back and relax.
  • October 22, 2011
    Segel and Brand really put on a show while Bell, Kunis, Rudd and Hill support them well. A very funny and well written movie.
  • August 14, 2011
    This movie is hilarious, it is a comedy classic. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is about Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) who just lost his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), and he decides to take a trip to Hawaii to get his mind off her, but ironically she is there with her new b... read moreoyfriend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). The plot is good, it has heart, comedy, and some of the greatest moments in comedy genre history. The cast is good, Jason Segel and Russell Brand are hilarious, but Kristen Bell (as usual) was not funny at all, and I love Mika Kunis, and she is the perfect choice for her role. The comedy is great, this film is 100% hilarious. Other than Kristen Bell and cliche rom com ending, this is one of the best comedies you will ever see.
  • August 12, 2011
    I shouldn't always judge a book by its cover. I neither found the trailer to be very convincing, nor am I a fan of "Team Apatow", and it certainly doesn't help that I hate Russel Brand. Turns out the film is actually quite charming, funny and presents characters you love to follo... read morew around for a while. When I say funny it should be absolutely clear that we are talking very naughty humor here, but delivered in such an incredibly nonchalant kind of way that it's impossible not to laugh at the awkwardness. What's even more surprising is that the script and the acting makes you care for those characters and you don't want this to go wrong. Mila Kunis is particularly enchanting. So when it comes to romantic comedies, this is certainly one of the more refreshing ones of recent years. The ending with the Dracula rock opera performance is particularly awesome. A pleasant surprise. Even Russel Brand wasn't all that annoying.
  • June 27, 2011
    The perfect modern-era romantic comedy.
  • June 23, 2011
    One of the best films I've ever seen. This mainly because Russell Brand is a character in this film and he's amazingly funny. Hilarious all the way through. Definite must see!
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    June 5, 2011
    Stoller might as well be an Apatow clone, this is a pretty solid romedy.

    Enjoyable characters/cast, gags & jokes that are worth your time and even though the overall plot isn't all too original, there are enough twists and turns and unique devices that make it fresh.

Critic Reviews

Joe Williams
October 18, 2008
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's got an engaging cast and enough laughs to compensate for some shortcomings. Full Review

Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello,

With pratfalls, yucks, a crying jag, and what is starting to seem like the requisite flash of nudity, Jason Segel becomes this year's adorably hapless movie schlub. Full Review

Tom Huddleston
April 25, 2008
Tom Huddleston, Time Out

'Sarah Marshall' remains a film of glorious moments and memorable scenes, lovingly crafted characters and sparkling one-liners. Full Review

Michael Phillips
April 18, 2008
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Jason Segel has what Nicolas Cage and Gene Wilder and a precious handful of other witty actors have: The ability to make egregious humiliation and painful neediness a source of limitless mirth. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
April 18, 2008
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Halfway through I realized that I'd lost most of my standards, maybe under my seat, and was enjoying the erratic evolution of the nonsense. Full Review

Claudia Puig
April 18, 2008
Claudia Puig, USA Today

The cringingly wacky scenarios, offbeat characters and comic dialogue serve up a crowd-pleasing, laugh-filled experience. Full Review

Richard Schickel
April 18, 2008
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

This is a fairly low-keyed comedy, but a grown-up dropping in on it can appreciate its lack of frenzy, its fundamental good nature, as easily as its core audience will. It isn't exactly a gem, but as ... Full Review

Moira MacDonald
April 18, 2008
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Forgetting Sarah Marshall should please audiences eager for silly summer comedy (particularly, the Hawaiian sunshine should delight those currently enduring a gray Seattle spring). Full Review

Mick LaSalle
April 18, 2008
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Like its predecessors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a smart comedy that trades on social embarrassment and shows love from the standpoint of male insecurity. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
April 18, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek,

Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows the Apatow formula faithfully enough. All that's missing is charisma -- the je ne sais quois that makes us fall in love in the first place. Full Review

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    • Sarah Marshall: Aldous... wake up.
    • Aldous Snow: [snores]
    • Sarah Marshall: Aldous... wake up... make love to me.
    • Aldous Snow: Alright, you go on top though, cause I'm knackered.
    • Rachael: Oh, come on, Peter. I can see your vagina from here!
    • Surfing Instructor: If you get bitten by a shark, you're not just gonna give up surfing, are you?
    • Peter Bretter: Yeah, probably.
    • Aldous Snow: I've heard women do fake orgasms, but I've never seen one. It really deeply upset me.
    • Aldous Snow: It's a little holiday with Hitler.
    • Surfing Instructor: I like her hair. I wonder if the carpet matches her pubes.

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