2008-05-09 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' - Full Frontal Failure
Review By Robert Snyder

When your girlfriend shoots you down, is that the time to expose yourself? Apparently not, judging by "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," where dumpee Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) responds to rejection with full frontal nudity. The flashing not only turns off hottie Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), but the audience, who is forced to see the actor's attributes at least three or four more times throughout the film.

In the latest release from the Judd Apatow ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin, "Knocked Up") arrested-developmentmale factory, "Forgetting" is the least of his films likely to be remembered. Playing the prerequisite depressed dufus, Segel is not as funny as Steve Carell ("Virgin") or Seth Rogen ("Knocked Up"). The idea of a dorkey guy recovering from a major hottie putdown is too limp a premise on which to hang an entire feature. The limpness is reinforced by the repeated shots of Segel's manhood. It should be noted that the screenwriter is, in fact, Segel himself, which may explain the film's strange obsession with his privates, of which he's obviously proud.

What is most memorable about "Forgetting" is its luscious location. Hawaii is the place Peter goes to get over his depression, only to find Sarah there with her new boyfriend, conceited British rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Though Sarah thinks Peter is stalking her, he isn't. He soon becomes attracted to cute hotel clerk Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis), who has her own set of baggage.

In his struggle to support the comedy, Segel is somewhat helped by stock Apatow actors Paul Rudd (a goofy surfing instructor), Jonah Hill (a wacky waiter) and Bill Hader (the nutty brother back home).

As for Ms. Bell, her Sarah Marshall is supposed to a popular TV actress, for whose crime show composer Peter provides music stings. However, she's nothing to embarrass yourself about.

Apatow, who co-produced this time, may have played out his frustratedmale movie milieu. In his next one, he'd do better to find a "decent" leading man.

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