Thursday, May 26, 2016

WIP: Choice - A Screenplay - Please Ignore The Terrible Formatting


INT. COLLEGE DORM ROOM - MORNING
We SEE an UNNAMED COLLEGE FRESHMAN in her early 20s, wakes up from an annoyingly loud alarm and then turns around, presumably to head back to sleep. She’s been up for the last couple of hours and it’s evident. Her hair is a tangled, black mess and her glasses are on an awkward position on her face. She turns back over and sees the time once more. She’s running late. 
GIRL
Shit!
MUSIC PLAYING: NEVER A WOMAN – WHITE SEA
Director’s Note: Music to be played quietly, enough where you can hear it, but enough to hear the outdoorsy sounds as well.
She hops out of bed and presumably starts to get ready. She grabs her tooth brush from a rack above the sink and accidentally drops it on the ground. She shrugs, picks it up, washes it off and uses it because she’s in a hurry. She’s wearing colorful striped pajama pants and she as shuffles across the floor to get in the shower, she shakes her pants off and runs into the bathroom. The door closes and we see her pants still on the floor.
MUSIC STOPS.
CUT TO:
INT. COLLEGE DORM ROOM -MORNING
We see ANOTHER COLLEGE FRESHMAN in his early 20s, comes out of the bathroom, shutting the door behind him. He’s still wearing plaid pajama pants and a t-shirt from a very obscure band and at the moment, he’s very tired.
MUSIC PLAYING: EVERYBODY MOVES – ROCKWIZ
He goes to open the curtains and lets the sun beam in and it hurts his eyes. He’s always wanted to have this nostalgic, made-for-movie moment where he opens the curtains and he actually appreciates the sunlight and the morning. This is not one of those moments.
BOY
Fuck this. 
 He slams the curtains closed, jumps back into bed and promptly throws the cover over his head. His alarm goes off and he pops from under the covers and slams his hand down the receiver, shutting it off. He signs and angrily wiggles around in his bed, like an uncooperative child. He is not ready to face the day because he knows what’s coming. It’s Advisement Day.
MUSIC STOPS.
CUT TO:
INT/EXT OPENING CREDITS SEQUENCE:
Split screen of BOY and GIRL, walking on the same path (BEHIND STUDENT CENTER), disconnected from the world because of the two different lives they lead. Yet they’re headed to the same place and they live on same college campus. 

Ex:
On the left: GIRL walks on path, in a hurry as she’s running late. She bumps into someone and staggers apologetically before rushing off as she was before. She’s pushing past people and whatnot because she’s a busy girl and has things to do. She runs of stairs to a building and then rushes to an office door where she throws things around her purse to find her keys, she drops them because of the hurry she’s in, picks them up and then goes inside.

On the right: Boy walks on same path. He’s awkward and walks slower with not much direction. He turns around a lot to notice everything. The same pair of feet belonging to the GIRL rush past him and he stops to look, but he doesn’t catch her face. He quietly pushes past the crowd, awkwardly. He continues to walk to the same path and walks the same path, eventually ending up at the same building as the GIRL.
FADE OUT:
BEGIN TITLE SCREEN.
As the title rolls in, a NARRATOR’s disgruntled voice begins to speak.
NARRATOR
(O.S female preferably)
Before we begin, this is not a love story. 
 
INT ENGINEERING BUILDING – DAY
The BOY is walking down the path towards the ADVISEMENT OFFICE. He pushes past people awkwardly and you hear him whispering a casual “Hello” to some people around him as to not be rude.
He makes it to the door and inhales a huge breath before stepping inside. 
GIRL
Hello, welcome to Engineering Advisement. How can I help you?
He stops mid-room, taking a look at the girl behind the desk. There is a CLOSE UP on this GAZE. 
This is the girl of his dreams. He’s looking at her like every girl has wanted to be looked at and she doesn’t even notice.
We then SEE the GIRL at her desk as the BOY looks on. She’s cheery, bubbly because as a receptionist, it’s her job to be this way, but mainly because she’s bored.
NARRATOR
This is a story about boy meets girl, but love…does not follow.
BOY
(V.O)
Pretty girl alert. Don’t fuck this up, dude. Cool, casual and calm. That’s who you are.
GIRL
Hello? Can I help you?   
She’s growing even more annoyed at the fact he’s not responding as right now, it’s kind of off-putting.   
BOY
(V.O)
Cool.
He’s so in his head, he’s ignoring the fact that the GIRL is speaking to him.
GIRL
Hello?
BOY
(V.O)
Calm.
He’s still not responding, so it’s not crossing her head that this guy may be off his rocker.
GIRL
Are you okay?
BOY
(V.O)
Shit.
And it’s only now that he’s realized he’s fucked up.
BOY
Yeah, sorry about that. I blanked for a minute. You’re just very, very pretty, but I had an appointment to see Ms. Arnold.
He quickly makes his way over to the desk and promptly signs his name on the yellow sheets of paper on a clip board in front of him on the desk. (Director’s note: Do not get his name into shot) The GIRL notices he’s called her pretty, but doesn’t say anything about it. She’s smirking slightly.
GIRL
Can I have your name, please?
He turns the sign in sheet around and taps his name on the sheet. The GIRL laughs and flips the sheet back around to its original position. She’s embarrassed because asking questions like this has become so routine, she forgets to actually think about what she’s saying before she says it.
GIRL
Okay, smart ass. You’re half an hour early for your appointment, so she will be with you once she finishes prepping your file. Have a seat until then and I promise. I don’t bite.

And the flirting commences.
BOY
A seat? Right here? On this floor? I don’t think my pants would like that. I’ll take the bite instead.
The GIRL laughs once more as the BOY hold out his hand out. Although his humor is dry and he’s very nervous, he wants to impress this pretty stranger.
BOY
Seriously, when’s the last time you guys cleaned this carpet?
And again, they both laugh. 

MUSIC PLAYING: SWEET DISPOSITION
CUT TO:
Shots of the BOY and GIRL separately talking. You hear snip-it’s of laughing and other dialogue as the music plays. Ex: “Oh, really?” “I don’t know about that.” “You like them? You like Red Wood? Seriously? You’re kidding me, right?”
MUSIC STOPS.
MS. ARNOLD
(O.S)
Is my 9:00 there yet?
They both stop talking and smiling after hearing the voice as they know what’s going to happen next as he is the next appointment.
GIRL
(reluctantly)
Yes, Ms. Arnold. I’ll send him back.
The GIRL motions towards the pathway leading to MS.ARNOLD’s office and laughs once more. She is distraught that this conversation has to come to an end. The BOY walks past her into the office and shuts the door behind him. As soon as she hears the door clicks, she dives into her bag and starts reapplying her makeup, lipstick, and all. She tosses her hair around and brushes it furiously.

CUT TO:
INT. MS. ARNOLD’S OFFICE
The BOY, after closing the door, sits down and stares at MS. ARNOLD (early 30’s), prim and preppy with a serious look on her face and her hands folded on her desk over the C file because she knows the news. She’s delivered it many times and while this is supposed to be just another reading of the same few lines, she’s decided to cut the bull this time.
MS. ARNOLD
So, you know what I’m going to say to you, right?
The BOY nods and folds his hands anxiously in his lap and looks down because he knows what’ coming.

CUT TO:
MUSIC PLAYING: PEOPLE AND SO ON – FRISKA VILJOR
The GIRL is outside, anxious and trying to find something to do. She’s flipping through magazines, typing the words: FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK…over and over again on the computer screen, she’s checking her reflection nervously waiting for her new acquaintance to come back out. 
MUSIC STOPS.                                                                                                                
He finally walks back out with his head down, somberly and walks straight past the desk quickly. He then turns around swiftly as if he’s forgotten something in the middle of the room and then goes back to the desk and slams his hand on it roughly.
BOY
Would you like to go out with me sometime?
She’s a little bit thrown off since she thought that he was just going to walk out without speaking to her again.
GIRL
I thought you’d never ask.
She tears up a sheet of paper and scribbles down her number and slides it over the table the BOY and he starts inputting the number into his phone.
BOY
I used to think my phone was a piece of shit and now it’s suddenly my most valuable possession.
They both laugh.
GIRL
Now go, go on now. I’ve got very important work to do.
They both know this is a lie. She starts ushering him out the door with her hands and as soon as the BOY is out in the hallway, he starts dancing awkwardly. The people around look at him and he stops, composes himself and moves on.
CUT TO:
INT – GIRL’S DORM – NIGHT
The GIRL sits on her bed in her pajamas from the morning. She’s been lying around waiting for the boy to text her. She has her feet propped up on the wall, with her arms up, looking up at her phone. Across from her is her roommate, SARAH, early 20’s and chill. They’re best friends and have been since middle school. However, they are polar opposites. SARAH is calm and relaxed in just about every situation while the GIRL is bubbly and hyper.
SARAH
(O.S)
He’ll call or text you later. Calm down, seriously.
GIRL
No, no, you don’t understand. He called me pretty. This is serious. Guys just don’t usually come up and say that to me, so him  not texting me immediately is not a good sign.
SARAH
Maybe he’s dead.
She is obviously joking, but she’s kind of annoyed at how high strung her friend is being.
GIRL
Not funny.
There’s a silence.
GIRL 
Okay, what if he did die and now the only guy I find to tolerate me suddenly dies.This. Sucks.
SARAH
I was kidding.
SARAH gets up and walks over to the GIRL’s bed where she snatches the phone from her hand. She’s had enough. However, as soon as she grabs the phone from her friend’s hand, she screams and moans and starts fighting for her phone. This is only lifetime to this mysterious and also adorable young man. They struggle for a while and after a while, they sit and laugh over how silly they were being.
SARAH
Are you done stressing over a boy?
GIRL
Are you done touching my valuables?
They laugh again and then the phone vibrates. It’s him.
GIRL
It’s him!
The GIRL jumps up screeching with joy. She looks at the phone and quickly responds back, ignoring her roommate, still on the floor from their previous battle.
SARAH
So, what did he say?
GIRL
He texted saying, ‘Hi.’
SARAH
Hi?
GIRL
Yep. H.I. That’s is. Oh, he’s texting again.
The two are silent once more and SARAH stands up again and grabs the phone to examine the text. The GIRL shrugs and lets her friend take the phone without argument.
SARAH
He says, ‘Do you want to get dinner?’

The GIRL is still thinking about what to say next when we HEAR another PING echo from her phone.
SARAH 
He’s still going. He says, ‘Let me rephrase that: I’m going to come and get you in 10 minutes, but in order for that to happen, I need your address, so now you have no other choice than to give me your address, so that we can go eat. Now, you the GIRL starts smiling. She’s not only happy about the fact that he’s finally contacted her, but she’s happy that he’s so sweet. Even the way he texts is sweet.
SARAH
So, what do I say?
GIRL
You know the address. Give it to the man.
SARAH
Are you going to wear that?
She looks down at her pajama pants and then starts freaking out. She beings pacing the dorm room, thinking about what to wear. How the fuck was she going to impress him? She then runs over the closet door and throws it open.
MUSIC PLAYING: BORN AGAIN TEEN – LUCIUS
The GIRL starts throwing clothing around the room.
MONTAGE:
-          She begins trying on outfit after outfit and in between each outfit, you hear a distinct “No” from either her or her roommate.
And after, she finally sits on ground in defeat as song fades into background as she doesn’t know what to wear. She has a decent outfit on, but it’s not the one, so she sighs in her jeans and t-shirt.
SARAH
(O.S)
What are you doing on the floor?
GIRL
I still don’t know what to wear
SARAH
(O.S)
Just wear something. It’s almost time for you to leave.
The GIRL looks at her phone to see 2 missed calls and texts asking, ‘WHERE ARE YOU? I’M OUTSIDE. YOU READY?’
GIRL
Shit!
MUSIC PLAYING: CAGE THE ELEPHANT – MESS AROUND
She scrambles around to try and throws something on and runs out the room. She tries to get her keys to lock the door, but her roommate pokes her head out the door and starts ushering her down the hall.
SARAH
Just go!
The GIRL runs to the elevator and presses the button frantically and hops on the elevator.
She paces around the elevator nervously as she’s the only one in it. She’s pushing on the walls and it feels as if this elevator is taking forever.
The door opens and more people begin to pour in, but she stands still. She’s frozen in fear, but no one is paying any attention to her. 
CUT TO:
INT OUTSIDE DORM – IN CAR – NIGHT
The BOY is seen, sitting in his car. He’s tapping his knees and fiddling with the radio. He doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t know when the GIRL is going to show up…
Or if she will…
But he sits in the car and waits patiently. He looks out the window and sees her exiting the dorm.
CUT TO:
EXT. OUTSIDE DORM – NIGHT
The GIRL is walking toward the car, still very nervous, but she smiles as she soon as she sees the BOY in the front seat of the car.
MUSIC STOPS.
The camera is still frozen on the GIRL. A shot of the BOY’s face then comes up beside hers.
FADE OUT.
MUSIC PLAYING: HERO – REGINA SPECKTOR
NARRATOR
Remember what I said about this not being a love story?
That still stands. This isn’t about her.
FADE IN:
The same picture of the GIRL comes up on the screen.
NARRATOR
Or him.
The same picture of the BOY comes up on the screen as well.
NARRATOR 
It’s much bigger than them.
CUT TO:
INT. ENGINEERING ADVISEMENT OFFICE – DAY
We see the BOY and GIRL speaking. It is silent and nothing can be heard, but the music. He goes into the MS. ARNOLD’S OFFICE.
NARRATOR
What would have become of these strange if they’d done anything differently throughout the day?
 
CUT TO:
We see the GIRL sitting propped up at the desk once more after she’s reapplied her makeup and done her hair. The BOY rushes out of the room and down the hall and the GIRL looks at the door with a blank stare. He’s gone.
FADE OUT.
FADE IN:
INT. BOY’S DORM – NIGHT
NARRATOR
There are certain situations you go through during the course of a day that make you wish you’d done something differently.
We SEE him lying down in his bed, staring at the ceiling.
FADE IN:
INT. GIRL’S DORM ROOM – MORNING
NARRATOR
How one small thing could change your path and lead you astray from your happy ending.
We see the GIRL in bed. The curtains are drawn and the alarm goes off. She slams her hand on it and turns over in bed, throwing the covers over her head as she heads back to sleep.
FADE OUT.
FADE IN:
INT. ADVISEMENT OFFICE – MORNING
We see the BOY enter the room and stop in the middle of the room. The GIRL is not behind the desk. Her chair is empty.
MS. ARNOLD
(O.S)
Come on back. I can see you if you’re my 9:00. My assistant didn't show up.
He somberly walks past the desk into her OFFICE.
FADE OUT.
FADE IN:
INT. UNKNOWN BUILDING – RED WOOD CONCERT - NIGHT
NARRATOR
However, there are mistakes that can be fixed with the passing of time and a little bit of changes here and there. But who knows where those changes will lead you? No one knows. You can only guess.
We see the BOY standing and listening to the band. His head is bobbing up and down. He’s totally into it and you can see this isn’t the first time he’s been to hear this band. You can’t hear the band playing. You can only hear the music playing, but there are a couple other people around, talking and whatnot, but everyone’s attention is on the band as they’re mesmerized by whatever music is playing.Then we see the GIRL come up next to him and stand to watch the concert as well. He looks at her and she smiles apologetically for entering his personal space.
But he doesn’t care because she’s so beautiful. 
BOY
You’re pretty. I wanted to know if --
GIRL
(cutting him off)
Thanks.
The GIRL shakes off this compliment her head and looks off into the distance, ignoring the BOY. He nods his head and he looks off as well. He’s lost his chance.
FADE OUT.

This is my pride and joy. My first somewhat finished screenplay and so, what this is about is fate. Fate in accordance to relationships and the moments in life where we maybe should've taken a chance and the times where we should've stayed silent. It's all up in the air because we never know how things are going to turn out and we never know the truth behind whatever is going on in the moments where a decision has to be made. Is this the right choice? Should I go for it? Is this going to turn out well? It's all up to you to decide.

         

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Movie Review: A Girl Like Her (2015) and Bullying

A Girl Like Her (2015)

Starring: Lexi Ainsworth, Hunter King, Jimmy Bennett, Amy S. Weber
Written By: Amy S. Weber
Directed By: Amy S. Weber
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Rating: 4.6/5

 Summary: When high school student, Jessica Burns tries to committ suicide, we're left with videos of the torment she went through by the hands of her peer, Avery Keller. But everything isn't so black and white when it comes to the situation at hand.

My Thoughts:  "Successful suicide is permanent. It is not temporary. You will not come back to see your father, your mother, your brothers, your sisters, your relatives, your friends. No one."

This line hit me hard. Scratch that, this whole movie hit me hard. As someone who's dealt with depression and has attempted suicide before, watching a movie like this started the waterworks immediately because it's the first thing we see. We start this film off with one of out leads, Jessica (Lexi Ainsworth) attempting to commit suicide by swallowing pills and later on her parents find her and she's is promptly hospitalized. Jessica is now in a comatose state from the pills she attempted to swallow and the story that was once about the wonders of high school has now turned into a study/investigation to try and not only find out what happened to Jessica Burns, but what happens in many high schools across the nation.

And what happened is Avery Keller (Hunter King), but to you it may be Helen Jensen or Nick Myers OR whomever, but the issue is about bullying because it happens everywhere and it's important and something we need to talk about which is what this movie is trying to do. It's trying to make bullying a talking point, but it does something interesting that you don't see too often. Throughout the film, we see the testimonials of people in the school who knew what was going on and didn't say anything to those who knew nothing at all, like her parents. Avery's snide, vicious, passive-aggressive comments are captured on camera via a pin that Jessica's friend bought from her, but throughout the film, before we see the bullying to the full extent, we hear gossip about what it is, we hear people talk about how normal bullying is and how it happens everyday and most importantly, we hear people talk about how even through all with all that was happening to her, they never saw Jessica's suicide coming because most of the time people understand a person's motives behind suicide and we see that confusion in her parents, from some of her peers and from some administration in her school. "Why didn't you tell me what was going on?" "Why would you do this?" "I don't understand." "What could we have done better?" These are the things you hear when you someone tries to commit suicide. Lots of questions, with not many answers and it's a sensitive subject that the movie tackles extremely well.

 This movie is real and raw and I just can't not think about this movie and this is partially because of the way it was shot which is partially done in found footage style and the rest in the typical mockumentary style, which is a huge asset that creates this layer of realism and ingenuity. But more importantly, what the filmmaker does so well to create a unique perspective on the issue is add the the perspective of the bully to the film. We see Avery's very sad home life  with her overly-eager mother, her brother who doesn't seem to care about anyone, but himself and her barely there father and we begin to sympathize with her. We don't just stick to Brian's, Jessica's best friend, or Jessica's side, but we humanize the role of Avery, the bully's side because bullies don't just bully people for no reason, but the bullying that Avery is doing is mean, venomous and just straight evil because of the fact she has no one in her life to connect to and it's real, it's raw. It mad me sick, but that's because of Hunter King's acting. Topped with some sharp eyeliner and sharper lipstick, her acting is phenomenal and she doesn't stick with the typical mean girl troupe in her bullying. It's eviler than anything Regina George could've done, but what the movie doesn't stray from is the fact that bullied people are the ones who are hurting. They're hurting enough to hurt others and soon it just becomes a cycle. Bullying cannot stop until the bullies are healed, but most people just see bullies as evil creatures who commit these horrible acts, but they're just as human and as hurt as the people they bully.

A Girl Like Her paints a picture that's not one-dimensional. It's raw and hits home with a sucker-punch that'll leave you reeling for days. Its a movie that shows sides of problem from the both the perspectives of the bully and the victim because every side of the problem matters if we're trying to call for change and it's a movie that should be shown in high schools everywhere and that most people should see.
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Movie Review: How To Be Single (2016)

 
How To Be Single (2016)

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann
Directed By: Christopher Ditter
Written By: Abbey Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox
Release Date: Feb 12, 2016
Rating: 1/5
 
Summary: Deciding she wants to be alone to discover herself, Alice breaks up with her long time boyfriend and moves in with the sister, Meg, a doctor who's career means more to her than anything else and with the help of her fun-loving friend, Robin, Alice begins to learn just what it means to be single.
 
My Thoughts: This movie did not need to be made in my opinion. I saw He's Just Not That Into You a long time ago and loved it. I even read the book it was adapted from, which was my first crack at any sort of self help book ever and again, loved it. Now, here we are years later with the adaptation of the same author's debut novel and I was very, very let down.
 
In He's Just Not That Into You, the movie follows the story of many different people and we watch their stories interweave as the movie progresses and in the end, the story wraps up and we're left with some sort of conclusion. In this movie, we follow the stories of these young women as they progress through their lives, but is there a conclusion? Sort of? Actually, not at all. The theme of the movie is being single and enjoying life while you're single, but throughout most of the film, it involved Dakota Johnson's character, Alice, being not all that single, drinking and partying. Is this what it means to be single today? Going out and drinking until your liver dies out? Sleeping with random men on a daily basis without catching sort of any disease? I would've paid even more money to see our lead get pregnant or an STD. That sure would've made the film a hell of a lot more interesting. Or going out and getting a sperm donor because you aren't in a relationship and wanting a kid like Leslie Mann's character does? Everything that goes on in the film muddles the message of it. The film is titled How to Be Single, but is it explaining to us how to do so? Not at all. And while the film centers around Alice, we get a look into the lives of her sister, her friend and...some random girl played by Alison Brie who has no relation to any of those other characters whatsoever. We literally could have cut her character out of the movie and no one would have cared, nor would it have disrupted the flow of the movie as she was so distanced from it.
 
However, what didn't bring the movie down was the acting. Leslie Mann, Alison Brie and even Dakota Johnson, regardless of how much I dislike her, all did pretty well in this movie. It was entertaining at some points, I'll give it that, but apart from a few jokes here and there (even though most of them were shown in the trailer), there was no substance. I cared enough about the cast to keep watching, but their problems didn't add to the overall message of the film, and what was going on wasn't even all that interesting. Each character was given some trope of some sort from the rom-com genre and that's it. No development from it whatsoever. But again, this is all because of the writing. They worked with what they could, which wasn't much.
 
So, How To Be Single is a movie that doesn't teach you how to be single, but more so how to make reckless decisions and hope for the best. If you're so, so bored and this is on TV for free, by all means, watch it, but don't go out of your way to see it. It's not worth it, I promise you.
 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Movie Review: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Character Flaws and (500) Days of Summer

 
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Written By: Jason Segel
Release Date: April 18. 2008
Rating: 5/5
Summary: When aspiring composer, Peter, is dumped by his superstar girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, he leaves for Hawaii to clear his head. However, what he doesn't know is that Sarah is also in Hawaii with her new boyfriend.
My Thoughts: Here we have a movie that plays out differently from most expect romantic comedies in today's times. Firstly, I personally love Judd Apatow and pretty much everything he does with the exception of Superbad and secondly, eI have the hugest crush on Jason Segel, the writer and star of this superb flick, but this movie is something different and stands alone from the likes of Apatow's previous works like the strictly comedic Superbad and the much heavier comedy that is "Knocked Up." Forgetting Sarah Marshall blends the heaviness and reality of your everyday drama and the hilarity and light-heated kookiness of your average comedy in a way that makes you feel like this movie was taken straight from your life.
I rank this movie high on my list of "Favorite Movies of All Time" and that's because, like I said before, it does something different with the romantic comedy genre that you don't see often.Take (500) Days of Summer, for example, another of my other favorite films because essentially, both of these movies tell the same tale. A guy can't get over his breakup, however, besides the setting, what aspect these two films differ in is that ofcharacter flaws. People are flawed, humans are, we are flawed, so it makes sense to have characters with flaws similar to what other people may have, no matter how irritating they make the character become as they're flaws for a reason. In this movie, we have Peter. He's insecure, somewhat lazy and even more so broken by his recent breakup and we see this kind of right off the back. There's nothing to hide and we have Peter as he is and we like him because of that. There's this hilarious scene towards the end where he's writing a song basically titled, "Peter, You Suck!" and as a viewer, you don't know whether to hate him for moping so much and not getting off his ass or just feel sorry for him, but even though you feel the need to hate him...You can't because we've all been in his situation where things are looking down and we ultimately hate ourselves because of it. In (500) Days of Summer, Tom's self destructive behavior and ultimate downfall isn't shown right off the bat and we ulimtately see Tom in the beginning as this wonderful, happy, seemingly perfect protagonist. His rut is constantly fueled by love and finding love and finding out where everything went wrong even though everything was literally right in front of his face as Summer told him what to expect. And even more so, we're told by the narrator what to expect, but as Tom did, we ignored the warnings and followed our expectations thinking everything was okay, eventually hating Summer because of it (Well the couple of times I watched it, I did), especially because of the way their breakup is presented.

Peter's is completely himself, trying to be okay and live his life without Sarah because deep down he knows where he went wrong, he just has to figure it out for himself and we, the viewers are along for the ride with him, as he slowly pieces it together. Sarah never told him until she was done that things weren't okay. And going along with Sarah, we have this character who we're supposed to hate because she's the one who set off this roller coaster of emotions within Peter and even cheated on him, but we don't hate her, unlike how we did with Summer. We can't, no matter what she does because she has her own demons and Peter was so self-involved that he didn't even notice them, just like Tom did, regardless of Summer's warnings. However, what we've got to remember is Peter was never told what was wrong, until the very end.
  Sarah is a TV start who wants to break into film, but she has this underlying fear about it. Peter wants to do a rock opera, but none of these fears are directly mentioned until we see him writing the rock opera or Sarah actually explains her fear to Peter after their breakup, they're merely hinted at throughout the movie and even when our focus should on these problems, the movie stays grounded enough to not make it the entire issue because there is so many other thing going on.
And then we have memories. They play a huge role in the movement of the plot and a lot of times when our main character isn't crying his eyes out or saying something inappropriate, we see flashbacks of his time with Sarah. However, what we see isn't a real representation of what their relationship is like and we only see from his perspective for the most part. There is a time towards the end where we do see Sarah's perspective on the relationship and it softens her character, making you not only understand why she broke up with Peter, but relate with her as well and even so, when we do see their relationship in this way, we don't see it all, we only see snip-its which is what (500) Days of Summer does not do. In that movie, we don't really get a sense of who Summer is, as we do with Sarah. We don't really know why she is the way she is and why she did what she did. and even so the plot revolves more around present day Peter and Sarah, rather than them in their relationship, which is opposite of (500) Days of Summer, which is why I love these two movies so much. They're so different, yet the plots are significantly similar to one another. Memories constructed (500) Days of Summer completely and in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we get the snip-its, but just enough to get some background and move the story forward and build them in the present.
And so, in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we have a hilarious, realistically fresh take on a male's perspective of a breakup. There's faces you'll definitely know like Jason Segel and Kristen Bell, but there are faces you'll definitely be surprised at as well, like Mila Kunis, who rocked her roll as Peter's rebound girl in a tasteful, naturally adorable and meaningful way. This movie is worth watching and for anyone who's been through a breakup, as you'll know the signs Peter is exhibiting well, or just anyone in general because it's just that good.