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Forgetting Sarah Marshall


I'm sure you've already heard about it, so I don't feel bad about spilling the beans on how much full-frontal male nudity is in this latest Judd Apatow-produced film. If you're wary of the wiener, don't rent this one. If to you the phallus is funny, rent away.

Soundtrack composer Peter Bretter (Jason Segel, Knocked Up) is blindsided when his TV star girlfriend (Kristen Bell, TV's Veronica Mars) dumps him. Devastated, he wallows in squalor until his stepbrother (Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live) recommends a vacation to help forget her. Unfortunately for Peter, the ex and her new rock star boyfriend are staying at the same Hawaiian hotel. It seems Peter's only hope for redemption might just be the cute but aloof hotel clerk (Mila Kunis, TV's That '70s Show).

There's no getting around it; this movie is overtly sexual. But in addition, it's a romantic comedy with a sadder and more realistic twist. And it seems to be a perfect first starring vehicle for Apatow pal Segel.

While other recent Apatow films Knocked Up and Superbad were essentially stoner comedies, this one plays up relationships a little more, and Segel's Peter (no pun intended) appears very human.

The supporting cast here doesn't have zinging one-liners like in the aforementioned films, which makes it a little less laugh-out-loud funny, but that's OK. The abundant coital references and full frontal will clearly turn off the conservative; for everyone else, it's a sweet little comedy about getting dumped. And what better comedic context is there than someone else's misery?

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