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Serving Sara

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable comedy has profanity, iffy humor, and violence.

Movie PG-13 2002 99 minutes
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With a good-enough premise, Serving Sara could have been funnier and more enjoyable than it actually is, but with its noir humor and unlikable characters, it falls short. Part of it stems from Matthew Perry, who plays a cynical and greedy jerk whom the audience is supposed to root for because he's less of a cynical and greedy jerk than those around him. Whereas someone like Bill Murray could pull off playing an unlikable character who gets just a little bit kinder and less self-centered as the story unfolds, Perry can't quite pull it off and comes off like a nastier version of Chandler from Friends.

Perhaps the only likable character is the jilted wife, played by Elizabeth Hurley, but one can't help but wonder how a character who is considered to be as intelligent as she is beautiful would fall for such an obnoxious jerk like her oil tycoon husband (played by Bruce Campbell) and would later fall for an only slightly less obnoxious jerk like Perry's character. And while there is a talented supporting cast (Amy Adams, Vincent Pastore, Cedric the Entertainer), nothing here makes this a particularly memorable movie.

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