Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the latest project from the Judd Apatow factory, features the same unique blend of raunchy humor and genuine emotion that has characterized his other movies, but unlike The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, it lacks the moralizing and social commentary found in those other films.

Perhaps that's because while Apatow wrote and directed both Virgin and Knocked Up, he was merely a producer—and thus far less hands-on—for Sarah Marshall.

Written by and starring Jason Segel, and directed by newcomer Nicholas Stoller, Sarah Marshall does attempt to make some kind of comment about the damage caused by infidelity. But none of the "infidelity" involves married couples; most of the sex in the film is extra-marital. And the movie even touches on the need to stand up for a loved one's honor. Decent messages, yes, but subtly presented, and mostly buried beneath the crassness. While 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up were also quite bawdy, their underlying messages—the former celebrated the sanctity of marriage, the latter the sanctity of unborn life—were decidedly more redemptive.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall begins with the most unusual break-up scene in recent memory. Segel (co-star of TV's How I Met Your Mother) plays Peter Bretter, a composer who has just come out of the shower when his girlfriend, a TV actress named Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell, star of Veronica Mars), comes home and lets him know that she is breaking up with him. Peter, shocked, drops his towel—and then spends the rest of the scene completely and utterly naked, even as he pleads with the fully-clothed Sarah not to leave him, or to at least give him one last hug.

As it happens, the nudity is not simply there for comedic ...

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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3 Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
R (for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity)
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Directed By
Nicholas Stoller
Run Time
1 hour 51 minutes
Cast
Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd
Theatre Release
April 18, 2008 by Universal Studios
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