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BEATSHEET
 
Notes: This show reminded me a lot of High Fidelity, but interestingly enough, the ending is the opposite. Peter turns Sarah away in this film, but Rob Gordon accepts Laura back in High Fidelity... In both cases these women cheated, but these two men respond to this in completely opposite ways - and both work! Go figure... Something for your brain to chew on for a while... :)
Title: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Genre: Rites of Passage – Separation Passage
Year: 2008
Runtime: 111 min and 118 min (unrated version)
Author: William
Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800039/
Screenplay: Still looking - if anyone has it please share :)
Log Line: TBD
 
(1) Opening Image: We watch Pete wake up and begin his day at home. He's clearly consumed with Sarah Marshall. Shots of them together and of her alone are all over the apartment.
(6) Theme Stated: Pete takes Brian to a strip club to meet girls and forget about Sarah. Brian is uncomfortable with the atmosphere and asks Pete "why did you take me here?" The bulk of the film shows Peter going through a lot of painful paths of his emotions to reach a point of closure with Sarah.
(1-5) Setup: We learn pretty much everything we need to know in the first five minutes. Peter works on a crime show with Sarah... He's in the background doing the music score and she is the star of the show. We meet Aldous from Peter's watching the TV and learn most of what we need to learn from Peter's apartment and the News Reel. Having Peter watch the news reel on TV was a very clever way of economically distributing information. We see Peter in the background of Sarah's life and his diet, his live at home hum-drum rut of a lifestyle. Sarah is everything to him right now. He has no other life other than Sarah Marshall.
(4) Catalyst: After a five-year long relationship, Sarah dumps Peter. When she's pressed, Peter finds out she's dumped him for another man -- Aldous.
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(6-15) Debate: Peter has quite a time dealing with this. His doctor tells him to have as much sex as he can with other women. He tries this out, but finds it unsatisfying. At end of Act I his step-brother finds him holed in his apartment setting all his Sarah Marshall shared belongings on fire. They argue about him getting over Sarah. Brian eventually deletes all the pictures of Sarah Marshall off of Pete's PC with Pete screaming in the background no. He tells Brian that while he told everyone he was OK, he's not... He and Brian agree he needs to go away for a while to forget about Sarah. He remembers a small resort Sarah told him about that sounds just perfect.


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(15) Break Into Two: Peter arrives at the Hawaiian resort only to find that Sarah Marshall is there too... And she's not alone...
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(17) B Story: Peter meets Rachel the front desk girl at the resort. He likes her -- She helps him save face in front of Sarah by telling him his high priced room is ready for him.
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(18 - 55) Fun and Games: Peter keeps running into Sarah and Aldous everywhere. Peter's being haunted by Sarah physically at the Hawaiian resort matches up perfectly with Peter's feelings for Sarah and the pain he's in emotionally - it's a perfect parallel. While this is going on he's getting closer to Rachel. His relationship with Rachel reaches classic romance with minute 50 and Pete singing his Vampire Musical song to Rachel sitting in the front row of the audience. The Vampire Musical is an excellent backdrop for Peter's feelings. Vampires are immortal and so are Peter's feelings for Sarah. They will never die and he knows it. But he continues to try to forget and get a way from her and his pain. But she keeps coming back!
(55) Midpoint: Sarah's crime show gets cancelled. Aldous invites her to become one of his groupies. Sarah is dissapointed with this and turns to Peter for support. Peter has his heart tugged at one more time.
(56 - 91) Bad Guys Close In: He just can't get over these feelings for Sarah. Sarah touches his hand and he remembers singing her his Vampire Musical song a long time ago but she didn't get it. Peter and Rachel go out hiking. They talk about Peter's and Sarah's show being over. They both commit to jumping off the cliff into the water as a fresh start. Peter has a lot of trouble going through with with the jump, but he finally immerses himself in the water and loves it. Peter goes surfing and meets Aldous. He finds out Sarah and Aldous have been having an affair for over a year now. Peter is outraged. He knocks Aldous into the water by accident, but ends up saving Aldous' life. Peter faints when he sees Aldous' blood. Peter wakes to Sarah over him. Sarah is clearly feeling for Peter. Peter confronts Sarah about her cheating on him. Sarah reveals more of their history together - how Peter was in a serious emotional rut and she couldn't snap him out of it but tried everything. Peter walks out of her room confused and frustrated feeling defeated. Peter, Rachel, Aldous, and Sarah have dinner together.
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Sarah begins to see what an ass Aldous is during dinner when he starts drinking. The climax of this sequence leaves Peter and Sarah having sex with their respective partners while shouting fake orgasms through the hotel room wall to hurt each other.
(92) All Is Lost: Aldous breaks up with Sarah. Aldous has a chat with Peter suggesting he could go back with Sarah or even enjoy both Sarah and Rachel. Peter refuses Aldous' suggestion - "I'm just not that kind of guy... Even if I was I don't think I have the sexual competency to pull that off..." Despite this refusal Peter goes to comfort Sarah.
(95) Dark Night of the Soul: Peter is with Sarah in bed. She's crying and upset. She apologizes and he accepts and asks him to kiss her. They begin to make love... But Peter can't follow through : "Something doesn't feel right anymore." Peter tells her "mabye the problem is that you broke my heart... And my cock doesn't want to be around anymore - EVER!". The debate of whether Peter will indeed follow up on Aldous' suggestion is answered.
(96) Break into Three: Peter leaves Sarah's room and goes to Rachel a changed man at last. A story and B story cross when Peter approaches Rachel and confesses he was unfaithful to her. In his confession he says "I can see everything so clearly now... Everything is fine..." She turns him away and tells him to never speak to her again.
(98 - 107) Finale: Peter must show Rachel how he feels. Peter allows Keoki to beat him up in order to get Rachel's nude photo off the bathroom wall for her - again a classic romance scene with Peter protecting his female's honour.
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Peter goes home to California and works on his Vampire Musical. He invites Rachel to the musical and she loves it. When Dracula is slain this visually represents the termination of Peter's pain. He is a success finally - both emotionally and commercially.

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(108) Final Image: Peter and Rachel kissing in the theatre dressing room after the show. A beautiful bookend ending compared to the opening scene with Peter nude and being dumped. This time Peter is nude again, but instead of being dumped, Rachel forgives him.
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