Friday, May 8, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: Forgetting Sarah Marshall


MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are the proud hosts of Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society.  Each month, on the second Friday, they host a bloghop devoted to a particular movie. 

Last week, all the participants posted trivia and encouraged our readers to guess the movie we chose. My pal, Mike, from Billions of Versions of Normal guessed Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Good job - it was a herculean feat! 


Sarah Marshall (Kristin Bell) is known far and wide for her television series, Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime.  But her less successful boyfriend, Peter Bretter (Jason Segel), is in a career slump. He lays in bed, watches television, eats cereal and neglects his projects. Can it get worse? Of course it can when Sarah unceremoniously dumps Peter and breaks his heart.


With a little push from his brother (Bill Hader), Peter decides to take a vacation in Hawaii to recover and forget. Unfortunately, Sarah and her new boyfriend, rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), are at the resort, too. Desk clerk Rachel (Mila Kunis) takes a shine to Peter and helps him score an expensive room at the resort. When he arrives at his room, he discovers his noisy neighbors are the amorous Aldous and Sarah.

Rachel digs Peter and the flirtations begin. While meeting in the hotel bar, Peter reveals his plans to write a musical about Dracula and have puppets for the cast. It's painfully bad.



Meanwhile, Aldous drops the bomb on Peter: he and Sarah had actually been seeing each other for over a year. Peter can't help but confront Sarah about this betrayal and she offeres the weak excuse that she was feeling disconnected in their relationship and that was the reason she strayed and eventually left. In the midst of Peter's angst, his relationship with Rachel is heating - but he has not totally moved on from his relationship with Sarah.

In a gesture of civility, the two couples attempt to have dinner together. Note that I said attempt; it's  a study in awkwardness that leads to a competitve love making phase that's hilarious. Aldous realizes that Sarah is not over Peter and decides to leave.

Peter attempts to console Sarah and makes an ill-fated move on her. He still thinks he has feelings for her, but as things start to heat up - he realizes his mistake. Rachel has replaced Sarah in his heart, but when she hears about Peter's encounter with Sarah, she is hurt. Thinking they're through, he returns to Los Angeles to work on his Dracula musical.

Unsure of her response, he invites Rachel to L.A. for the opening night of his musical, A Taste for Love. Rachel flies in to see the performance and meets with Peter afterwards. The spark is still there...awwww....

Why do I love this movie? There are too many funny one-liners to count and the awkwardness just makes me guffaw. Lastly, it is oh-so-quotable, which always wins the big points.

Here's a few quotes:

Jonah Hill plays the waiter, Matthew, who is obsessing over rockstar, Aldous, and wants him to listen to his demo CD. Once he has it, he pesters Aldous about it.


Aldous: Oh, I was gonna listen to your CD, but then I just went on living my life.



Aldous (After spilling something on his shirt)Oh God, please take my eyes, but not the shirt!



Darald Braden (Jack Brayer) is a newlywed at the hotel with his bride. Their intimate troubles are an ongoing subplot, and Jack Brayer was the perfect actor for this role.

Darald: Lemme just say that, if God was a city planner, he would not put a playground next to a sewage system! 



Peter looks for the surfing instructor, Chuck/Kunu (Paul Rudd).

Peter Bretter: Are you Chuck?
Kunu: Oh man, you know, they won't change that flyer. That's my mainland name. My Hawaiian name is Kunu!
Peter Bretter: Oh, cool, sorry man.
Kunu: Nah, it's all good!
Peter Bretter: Does Kunu have some, like, cool Hawaiian meaning?

Kunu: It means Chuck.

This movie never fails to make me crack up.

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35 comments:

  1. I just ordered it from Netflix!!

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  2. I would watch it except that it is not available on Netflix streaming. Amazon has it for 2.99. But I make a habit of not paying for movies since I have Netflix and Amazon access to many free movies. More than I could watch in a lifetime for free.

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    1. I first watched it on Netflix and I think it is one of those that cycles around. It's hilarious.

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  3. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    It's so strange. Rachel's voice sounds a lot like that of Jackie Burkhart and Meg Griffin!

    Don't you just love rock stars, though? Don't you? C'mon, everybody get your hands together for rock stars who steal our women away from us w/o even trying! Why I oughta.....

    If a movie can make me laugh just by reading a review about it (like yours) then there's a 101% chance I will love the zany FSM. The plot is one to which most of us can relate, getting kicked to the curb by our significant other when he or she gets bored with ordinary us and trades up to a rock star. Tell me, Cherdo. Was Sarah a "stabilizing factor" in her relationship with Aldous? :) We can also relate to experiencing buyer's remorse when we chase and catch the prize and it turns out to be not so great. I appreciate a comedy movie with a funny running subplot. Kenneth Parcell was one of my faves on 30 Rock and was featured in my very first blog post in 2008.

    Have a great Friday and a happy Mother's Day, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. I think Sarah wasn't so much a stabilizing factor as she was the Mom (fortunately, he was not loco). Every gal on the planet has been in a relationship where they were the "responsible one." Then the guy gets to be full on teenager forever. Bring on the massive cereal bowl and TV Guide!

      Jack Brayer is so funny. Even though a lot of his characterizations are really similar, it a character I fine endlessly amusing. I'm cool with it. His voice! Perfect for that character, too.

      In honor of Shady Shaft, have a happy Mutha's Day, too, dear friend.

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  4. Cherdo, it sounds like a movie to get you out of a bad mood, for sure. Your review is really great...haven't seen the movie, but may have to get my hands on it somewhere (or over the net).

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    1. If you watch it, let me know what you think. I thought it was so funny. It's one of the only ones where I liked Russell Brand's character.

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  5. This movie was very funny and quite entertaining. I forgot about the Dracula play with puppets. The newleywed couple just were the icing on tha cake

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    1. They were! And everyone forgets the Dracula musical with puppets. It cracks me up that he finally does it and it is a hit.

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  6. It took a while before I got around to seeing this movie but , as I recall, it was entertaining and funny.

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  7. I did not guess this at all.
    When this movie came out I could not see it because of Russell Brand. Especially after that stunt he pulled on his radio show. I think he is a unwashed jerk and I don't want to give him any of my money.
    Yes I know, blah blah blah. But he creeps me out much like Tom Cruise.
    You make the movie sound like so much fun and I really like Kristen Bell.
    I would like to see it but the yuck factor of RB is too strong. If it comes up on my instant streaming I will give it a go. Just because your review was fabulous !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I'm not a RB fan, but he was okay in this one. At least his ridiculousness suits the character. :-)

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    1. All the characters are funny in this one.

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  9. Fun review! I haven't seen it, though. Guess I'll have to now.

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  10. I haven't seen this one, although reading everything you wrote makes me feel I really did see it! lol Have a nice weekend!

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  11. I haven't seen this movie but now I might have to seek it out and watch it. :)

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  12. Fantastic! I really much find the time to watch the movie. You've turned me into a believer. I believe this will be quite hillarious.

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    1. It is, Toinette! Let me know what you think!

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  13. It is a great movie, I've watched it a few times.

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    1. Thanks, Melody! Just visited your site - beautiful!

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  15. I remember seeing this when it first came out. And I remember liking it. And yet, after reading this post, I hadn't realized how much I'd forgotten about it. I might have to give this one another stream some time soon.

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    1. Give it a go - add a TV to the shower. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

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  16. I have never seen this movie. Happy Mother's Day to you, dear Cherdo. :)

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    1. Check it out! And Happy Mother's Day (belated) to you, too!

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  17. I remember really liking this one. The opening break up scene was soooooo uncomfortable to watch!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo