"Sure, it is one of the most cliché and predictable story lines of all time, but Forgetting Sarah Marshall is consistently engaging and funny throughout"
Just like "Superbad", this Apatow production did not disappoint. While many of the cast members may be recognisable, there seems to be something different about this installment than I've seen in the likes of "40 Year Old Virgin", "Superbad", or "Knocked Up".
There was a definite presence of the "TV actors" here, but Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand and Mila Kunis take to film like naturals. Like many Apatow productions, Segel penned the script and takes over as lead Peter Bretter, proving yet again that with this crew the writer is best suited for the leading role. Segel delivers a character we all know too well from our own personal experiences and never breaks role from the shocking beginning to appropriate ending.
Kristen Bell plays her part as the heartbreaker ex-girlfriend perfectly. At times her character, without giving too much away, is semi-tragic. Mila Kunis makes us fall in love with her character along with Peter. Russell Brand has the toughest job playing the ridiculous parody of a British rock-star, Aldous Snow, stealing every scene he's in. Brand plays a character in which the viewer is supposed to dislike, but it's virtually impossible. Everything he does, from his words and his facial expressions, to his ridiculous body language, is hilarious.
The supporting characters are just as good as they have been in every other Apatow movie. Jonah Hill gets some huge laughs as the hotel employee who has a man crush on the British rock-star. Paul Rudd is one of the best comic minds of our time and he is as funny as ever as Chuck/Kunu the hotel's surf instructor.
Sure, it is one of the most cliché and predictable story lines of all time, but Forgetting Sarah Marshall is consistently engaging and funny throughout, and really hones in on the hilarious one liners and awkward situational humor that seem to be the strength of most Apatow films. This comedy is another example of a good time for adults. It keeps a consistently flowing script, unlike many recent comedies that seem to lose pace as they close the story. While crude, the jokes are just light enough to appease most adult audiences. It seems Apatow has once again struck comedy gold. My only question is, how does he outdo this one?