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Forgetting Sarah Marshall Review Critics


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  • 4.0

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Solid rom com finds another Judd Apatow acolyte moving into the spotlight.

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Kunis, a petite brunette, plays Rachel, a hotel receptionist by day and a party girl by night (and day), with a sparkling smile, a seductive voice that can sharpen to a rasp and a quick wit that suggests withheld knowledge. Good for her in a sex farce that lets so much hang out.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The cringingly wacky scenarios, offbeat characters and comic dialogue serve up a crowd-pleasing, laugh-filled experience.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Nakedness has rarely looked so...naked. And innately, universally comic.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's worth seeing just for the banter between Segel and Hader, which recalls the peak conversational riffs from "Knocked Up."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Not as crass as other Apatow hits, but still not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy -- which was produced by Knocked Up director Judd Apatow -- is actually a lot less crass than the other hit movies he's worked on ... despite the fact that it features full-frontal male nudity right off the bat. In fact, it's downright warm-and-fuzzy in parts, revealing the heartache of breakups and the complexities of relationships. All of that said, it can't avoid its Apatowian roots altogether; there's plenty of salty language (from "f--k" to "b-tch"), sexual content, social drinking, and references to drug use.

  • Families can talk about how the filmmakers deal with the fine line between being crude and being funny. Which side do they fall on more often? Who decides where that line falls to begin with? Families can also discuss why breakups are popular fodder for movies. Where's the humor in the end of a relationship? Why do you think Sarah breaks up with Peter to begin with? Was his reaction surprising or understandable?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Couples cheat on each other and cover up their misdeeds with lies. Still, friends back each other up and exes find a way to talk maturely about their failed relationships and what they appreciate about each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some loud arguments between couples; a bar owner beats Peter up for trying to steal a picture; two guys shove each other at the beach.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Lots of jokes about sex; the first major scene involves repeated male full-frontal nudity, as well as naked backside shots. The main character is later shown having tons of one-night stands. Simulated sex acts in various positions. Couples cuddle post-coitus under sheets. A man teaches another man -- who is inexperienced -- his sexual tricks by humping large chess pieces. A honeymooner laments his new bride's excessive sexual demands and complains about not being able to find part of a woman's anatomy. Pictures of bare breasts.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of cursing, including many uses of "s--t," "dick," "bitch," and "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some hotel signage; Sean John, Sesame Street, Elmo, and Fraggle Rock are all name-checked. Logo for O'Neill surfing gear is prominently displayed.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of getting sloshed, especially post-breakup. Some references to buying, selling, and smoking weed.