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  Film Reviews: Serving Sara: Soul-Crushing Horridness Disguised as Humor  

Saturday, August 24
Serving Sara: Soul-Crushing Horridness Disguised as Humor
Even though he has said “don’t worry, Elizabeth Hurley was hot,” I still feel the need to make amends to the roommate. Despite the fact that we’d attended on free movie passes, I still feel the need to make this right between us. If anyone is aware of the current gift that says “I’m really sorry for indirectly causing the complete loss of 89 minutes of your life that you will never get back,” I would appreciate an e-mail. has this cute “Goddess of Compassion” bracelet, but it really doesn’t seem to fit his personality.

Here’s the skinny: Matthew Perry is a drug addict; Elizabeth Hurley is gal on the rebound from a bad relationship. In order to get through their respective woes, the two of them decide to star in a movie with Cedric the entertainer. It is called “Serving Sara.” I can only assume that the two of them were going to some star-only art therapy center that specialized in all known maladies that afflict the wealthy and attractive. The problem is that art therapy is rarely any good – it is crap that everyone gushes over because they worry a negative word will send their young son back on a Crystal Meth binge and ruin his unprecedented 3 weeks of sobriety.

The story line in Serving Sara is unbelievably weak. As I understand it, Joe (Matthew Perry) works as a process server, a job that he hates, with people that he hates in a city that he hates. Sara (Elizabeth Hurley) is married to a Texan cattle rancher, but lives in New York in order to get on a first-name basis with the Elizabeth Arden Day Spa staff. When Joe serves Sara with divorce papers, he quickly agrees to help Sara seek revenge on her husband by serving him instead, and the process serving saga is off and running!

Am I the only one that looks at characters in films working bad jobs as being one of the worst plot devices imaginable? Only in “Clerks,” where the stupidity of working a job that you hate is tackled head-on, does this work. Why is it that Joe who is single, without children or any sort of visible social or family life chooses to stay? If process serving is so terrible, why not move to Ft. Lauderdale and work at a 7-11?    THAT would have been interesting – after all, I could have prayed that Perry would have been shot during a robbery while researching his part.

Also, I know I’m not the only one to wonder openly exactly when I was supposed to start feeling sorry for exceptionally attractive, wealthy women that are dumped by boorish husbands for vapid, younger blondes. Yet, this is how I’m expected to feel for poor, poor Sara. Poor, poor Sara who might only receive 2 or 3 million in the divorce settlement instead of the 10 million she thinks she deserves. Although I will give some credit, as Sara wears a micro-mini skirt and tiny black T-shirt with the words “white trash” neatly embroidered on the chest as a way to say “I’m sorry” to any men that decide to see the film.

If either of these items weren’t enough to point to “BAD FILM HERE!” signs, we have Cedric the Entertainer making an appearance as Joe’s boss. Cedric’s scenes all take place in the same room – he never so much as walks out of his office to yell at someone down the hallway. He wears the loudest suites known to man (yet he never visits his tailor). He is only scene on camera with the other actors briefly – otherwise he’s on the phone yelling at people. I firmly believe he was brought into the picture late in the game to salvage this poor excuse for a train wreck. His scenes have some humor, but I couldn’t help but think that it was director Reginald Huldrin’s way of saying “I know I was wrong, but look at this shiny bobble that will make you forget all about it.” Whatever.

The jokes made me yearn for stale – they’re obvious, old and delivered poorly. I wanted to do nothing but wait for the film to end. The ending, which I shall mercifully spoil for everyone, shows Sara and Joe as a couple together at their own winery tasting their first bottle of wine. They sniff, swirl and swish only to spit it out because it is undrinkable. That, my friends, is the entire essence of the film.

The Usual:

What It’s Worth: At this moment, I feel that Reginald Huldrin owes me money.

Annoying Theater Goer: I welcomed any distraction that kept me from watching what was on screen.

Main Reason To See The Film: You’ve just finished shock-treatment therapy, and this is the only movie that your team of psychologists has deemed bad enough to qualify as “punishment” under the state’s new experimental rehabilitation program for miscreants.

Main Reason Not To See The Film: You like yourself.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.

Nudity: No.

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