The film, which was written by Segel and co-produced by Judd Apatowwas released by Universal Pictures. The story revolves around Peter Bretter, who is a music composer for a TV show that happens to feature his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, in the lead role. After a five-year relationship, Sarah abruptly breaks up with Peter.
From its raunchy, genitally obsessed dialogue to its tender heart, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is instantly recognizable as a product of Clubhouse Apatow. The breakup scene is not one you're likely to forget, for Peter is buck naked when Sarah breaks the bad news, and remains that way throughout the entire scene. It's a new, and startling, use of full-frontal male nudity—one that makes his emotional vulnerability hilariously, uncomfortably literal.
Take Forgetting Sarah Marshall for example. Forgetting Sarah Marshall should give Segel the same kind of buzz, if nothing else because he appears fully nude in the film. It just so happens he is staying at the same resort occupied by Sarah and her new beau, a hyper-sexualized rock star named Aldous Snow Russell Brand.
One day, she suddenly ends it and naturally, it destroys him, leaving him in a pool of despair. To collect himself and try to move on, he packs up and heads to Hawaii for a bit of fun, getting a room at a resort near the beach, only to find out that Sarah is also there … with her new boyfriend, rock star Aldous Snow Russell Brand. Thankfully, Peter befriends the adorable hotel concierge, Rachel Mila Kunis.
Peter is feeling frisky, but Sarah, very much the perky media professional, is feeling fed up with the guy after nearly six years of using him as a handbag-holding service at red-carpet events, and has a breakup on her agenda. Nakedness has rarely looked so…naked. And innately, universally comic.
And slowly her voice became like the teacher from Charlie Brown, you know, just wha-wha-wha, wha-wha-wha, while I was slowly constructing the scene in my mind. Segel didn't tell her about it as a "joke," but apparently she didn't find it very funny. She also sent out an email to family members warning them about the scene, but saying it was "essential to the plot.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Jason Segel is responsible for two of the most cringe-inducing, hands-in-front-of-your-face moments in the recent history of television, both of which occurred during the sole season of NBC's Freaks and Geekson which Segel played bright-eyed burnout Nick Andopolis.
Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures. Forgetting Sarah Marshall came out inthe year I was finally legally allowed to watch R-rated movies by myself. Quite the pairing for my initiation into adult film-viewing: one, a terrifying and bleak murder movie, the other, a movie that starts with Jason Segel hanging out with his flaccid, dumped penis for all to see.