Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Theatrical Release: April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall


From the comedic minds of the guys who brought you Knocked Up and The 40 Year-Old Virgin comes Universal Pictures’ newest romantic disaster comedy – Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Jack McBrayer and Jonah Hill. For anyone who has ever had their heart ripped out and cut into a billion pieces…here comes a hilarious, heartfelt look at relationships. Part romantic comedy, part disaster film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the world’s first romantic disaster comedy!

Dove Review

This film could have been a funny look at a man dealing with a break-up by going to Hawaii for vacation and running into his ex and her new boyfriend. But the filmmakers decided to add tons of graphic sex and language making it more about sex than anything else. In addition, Jason Segel must have decided that he needed to share his anatomy with millions of people by appearing fully nude in several scenes of the film. It was played for laughs, but really didn’t add to the movie. There were so many sex scenes in this film that I truly think it should have been rated NC-17. We are even subjected to a tutorial about sexual positions and sexual gratification from an over-sexed British rock star.

This film is definitely not for anyone under 18 and many, many people will be offended by its graphic nature. Because of the content listed below, Dove cannot award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: Man kisses many women in music video; man picks up woman in bar, they are shown in bed after implied sex; montage scene of man having sex with three different women; talk of handcuffs and bondage; unmarried man and woman shown having sex in three different positions (although fully clothed it is quite graphic); newlywed couple shown having sex in many different positions and discussing sexual options; man graphically demonstrates sexual positions to another man with props; two couples have sex in adjoining rooms (partial nudity, very graphic and verbal); man and woman attempt to have sex, fondling and oral sex.
Language: F-35; H-4; S-6; BS-10; A-8; B-4; J-2; GD-2; G/OMG-14; Many uses of anatomically correct names for male and female genitals.
Violence: Clips from a graphic CSI-type television show with blood and disturbing situations; several men kill pig with knife for luau, no blood is shown; guys get in fist fight; song about vampires, blood and decapitation; man runs into another swimmer on surfboard; man dislodges coral from leg exposing a blood gushing gash; man punches man several times in face leaving him bruised and bloody; bloody corpse shown in clip from TV show.
Drugs: Lots of drinking in bars; talk about selling and smoking weed; man gets very drunk; beer drinking; couples drink several bottles of wine with dinner and get noticeably drunk.
Nudity: Man in towel after shower; full-frontal male nudity shown several times in an extended scene; man shown naked from behind and sitting on couch; cleavage; woman in very tiny bikini; topless pictures of women in bar bathroom; man shown naked from front and from behind.
Other: Men urinating in bathroom.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Jason Segel
Producer: Judd Apatow
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 112 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Julie Kemme