Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Three by Three

Three things I liked about Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • The fact that there was no asshole character, even the Aldous character. Sarah wasn't some horrific bitch, but a mildly self-absorbed actress who in the end couldn't deal with the withdrawn nature of the Segel character.
  • The portrayal of sex as more than just some movie-magicked wonderland, but as a real, often clumsy, physical act
    The supporting characters, from Bill Hader's endearing step-brother to Paul Rudd's sly take on the surfer.

Three things I did not like about Saving Sarah Marshall

  • The puppet Dracula musical at the end, which wasn't as clever or funny as we were supposed to think
  • That Segel's idea of a job to hate is as a successful composer for a TV show. Rough, man. Rough.
  • The screenwriter's contrivances - especially Segel's character getting to stay at the fancy resort for free, just because the desk clerk felt bad for him seeing his ex-girlfriend. Really? That's the best he could do?

Until Whenever

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