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Trailer Trash: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Thursday, Apr 3, 2008
by Rachel Leibrock - McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
Scheduled release date: April 11


When I first heard there was a new flick starring Freaks and Geeks alum Jason Segel and ex-Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell, I flipped out and, in my head, automatically bestowed a million dancing popcorn guys upon Forgetting Sarah Marshall.


And then I actually watched the trailer.


Segel, who played Linda Cardellini’s adorable albeit occasionally stalkerish boyfriend on the short-lived Freaks & Geeks, plays a brokenhearted chump who travels to Hawaii to forget his ex-girlfriend (Bell)—only to find out they’re vacationing at the same resort and—awkward!—she’s brought her new boyfriend.


OK, there are two serious problems with Forgetting Sarah Marshall. One: Segel has devolved into something decidedly less adorable and more creepy since his Nick Andopolis days.


And, Bell, so ferociously awesome as Veronica Mars, in her new Heroes role and, even, as the coolly brutal Gossip Girl narrator, is unforgivably bland and totally forgettable here.


Meanwhile the “plot” and “jokes” feel forced, sexist and, worst of all, criminally unfunny.


So consider at least 999,999 of those dancing popcorn guys revoked.


Rating: 1 dancing popcorn guy (out of 4)


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