Monday, April 21, 2008

Don't Forget to See "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

Kat and I went to the movies Friday night, choosing to see "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Our friends were all planning to see "Forbidden Kingdom" but a nice break-up comedy called us much more strongly.

We were extremely happy that we went.

Kat has been a fan of Jason Segal's since she discovered "Freaks and Geeks" late last year (buy it on Amazon here). She Netflixed the series, got hooked and... presto, instant fan. So it wasn't a hard sell to see the first movie he's written and starring in, especially since it's gotten great buzz.

What we weren't quite as ready for was how great Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis were in their roles as Sarah and Rachel (respectively). We liked Kristen Bell in Heroes (honest, she was perhaps the only good thing in that botch we call Season 2), but hadn't seen her do comedy, while we knew Mila Kunis from "That '70s Show" and as Meg Griffin in "Family Guy"-- still, very nice to see she's versatile, funny and charming. (As is Kristen Bell. Equal time, ladies!) Fun fact: Mila Kunis shares my birthday of August 14. (So does Steve Martin, btw.)

We also thought Russell Brand was terrific as womanizing rock star Aldous Snow. Segal wrote a terrific rival in this guy. We heard that there was a lot of improv on set, in which case the cast gets huge props for making us laugh (and talk afterward a lot) even more than we might have otherwise. In all, huge amounts of fun.

And yes, you do get to see just about all there is to see of Jason Segal.

If you have AOL, Moviefone has a video of Segal and Bell interviewing each other--it's funny and revealing, with lots of nice byplay between them.

If you're in the mood for something fun, check out FSM.

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