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QuickView: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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“Maybe it’s good we got hurt like that, you know? I don’t know about you but it makes me feel impervious to pain.”

Peter Bretter

A film from the Judd Apatow stable written by and starring Jason Segel, this is less a romcom than a post-breakup movie with hints of Swingers. Although there is raunchy comedy, the script can also be smart with poignant moments as Peter and Sarah both reach gradual realisations about themselves and their previous relationship. Russell Brand proves a surprisingly effective foil as Sarah’s sleazy new rock star boyfriend who is hateable and likeable in equal measures. There are also several suspiciously prescient nods to The Muppets — which Segel would subsequently write and star in — from a puppet musical number to a drunken piano rendition of the Muppets Tonight theme. Less consistently funny than its Apatow-directed predecessors, this is an enjoyable island romp with arguably greater emotional intelligence.


QuickView: This Is 40 (2012)

“You’re so mean since your body got weird.”


Judd Apatow spearheaded a comedic oeuvre that was once shocking and is now rather hackneyed. This is 40 finds freshness by accepting that the creators and audience alike have aged. When it focuses on the struggle to accept middle age and the strain it places on a marriage (together with the impact on children) there is something heartfelt to the comedy. When it reverts to ogling Megan Fox it becomes painful. Fortunately there is more of the former than the latter.


"A film is a petrified fountain of thought."

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