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Overall Rating
1.73

Awesome: 2.44%
Worth A Look: 4.88%
Average: 9.76%
Pretty Bad: 29.27%
Total Crap53.66%

3 reviews, 23 user ratings


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Serving Sara
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by EricDSnider

"Don't quit your day job, Matthew Perry. Wait, you already did? Crap...."
1 stars

The humor in "Serving Sara" is desperate, sad and pitiable. The screenplay, by sitcom hacks Jay Scherick and David Ronn, sets it up so that everyone the main character meets is overweight. Why? So he can make fat jokes.

"Kiss my ass!" his rival yells.

"My mouth's not big enough!" is the retort.

Yes, that is representative of how embarrassingly tawdry and unfunny this train wreck, directed by Reginald Hudlin, is.

The aforementioned main character, a Manhattan process server named Joy Tyler (Matthew Perry), is also one of those movie types who continue to make wise-acre comments even while being beaten, chased or shot at. These people do not exist in real life -- in real life, even comedians shut up when in mortal danger -- but that does not stop by screenwriters from creating them. (See also: Chris Rock in "Bad Company" and Jamie Foxx in "Bait.")

Joe has to serve divorce papers to Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley), a Texas tycoon's (Bruce Campbell) trophy wife. To get revenge, she offers Joe $1 million if he will say he has not served the papers after all, and then serve divorce papers to her husband instead. Since she will have filed first, the legal proceedings will most likely go in her favor.

Joe's rival is Tony (Vincent Pastore), who is trying to serve Sara before Joe does, and whom Joe keeps sending on wild-goose chases as a means of padding out the film's running time.

Oh, and speaking of padding, there are TWO scenes of Joe and Sara developing the obligatory romantic bonds in hotel rooms, and an extended sequence at a monster truck rally where not a single thing occurs that would ever, ever occur in real life.

And then there is "Serving Sara's" piece de resistence, its tour de force, its "Ben Hur" chariot-race scene, its "Psycho" shower scene. Joe and Sara are sneaking around a cattle ranch when a man pops out of a barn and says, "Boy, am I glad to see you two!" Then he rushes them into the barn, because he has mistaken them for veterinarians. Joe and Sara, not wanting to reveal they are outsiders who are snooping around, have no choice but to pretend to be veterinarians. (I recall this sort of thing happening a lot to Elmer Fudd, too.)

What is required of the kindly vet today, you ask? Well, some cows are in need of being inseminated, but darned if the stud-service bull hasn't gone impotent! To help the problem, Matthew Perry has to shove his arm aaaall the way up the bull's rear end.

If you are a friend of mine and still want to see "Serving Sara," please be aware our friendship will be terminated.

Lame, limp, unappealing, incompetent, clueless -- these are the kindest words I can come up with to describe this film. Every now and then, Perry's "Friends" character, Chandler, shines through. And if chuckling two or three times is enough to make an otherwise worthless movie worthwhile to you, then I salute you. It must be nice to have that much extra time and money lying around.

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User Comments

5/13/16 Jamie Painful to watch -Liz Hurley is ridiculously awful and plastic. Just bad. 1 stars
3/10/14 Charles Tatum One or two laughs, but Perry needs a hit on TV again quick 2 stars
9/19/08 PAUL SHORTT CRASS AND JOYLESS 1 stars
9/16/07 Tiffany Losco I think it was a great funny movie. I love the outfit liz wore, lol trailer trash 4 stars
1/28/07 David Pollastrini $10,000 to serve a subpena? HAHAHAHAHAHA! 2 stars
2/07/05 Jeff Anderson What a horrid piece of dragon dump! A sad waste of the great Bruce Campbell's talents. BAD! 1 stars
5/12/04 malcolm i don't remember even gigling 2 stars
12/21/03 Matt I'm obviously the only person who LOVES this me. It'ss great, so funny! 5 stars
6/09/03 John Aster Habig crude, nasty, predictable, Matthew Perry saves it from Total Crap 2 stars
4/17/03 Shadaan Felfeli Ahem !!!!! 1 stars
3/13/03 Flounder Not funny in the least. I laughed mabye twice the entire movie and I was being generous 1 stars
2/15/03 Mike Hunt i banged liz hurley last nite 2 stars
12/28/02 Rayna Kuzio Actually the movie wasn't THAT bad...Hurley is soo pretty! I would't buy it though... 3 stars
11/26/02 Ashley Corpening You'd be right, Sylvie, except she hasn't stopped playing the devil! 2 stars
11/22/02 Sylvie Alice Borden Elizabeth Hurley was better playing the devil. 3 stars
11/22/02 Stephanie Throckmorton Can't Elizabeth Hurley play anything besides an asshole? Story sometimes amuzing but geez! 3 stars
11/13/02 Andrew Carden Excellent Cast and Screenplay, Although Humor Wears Off 4 stars
9/16/02 Uncle Salty I'd take a bullet for Bruce Campbell, but I still couldn't sit through this one. 1 stars
9/08/02 Cliché Master This film actually gave me a headache, it was so unlikable. 1 stars
9/06/02 KingNeutron Ok, so I'm in love with Liz Hurley. I liked + laughed at it. Xcpt for the hand/bull scene. 3 stars
9/05/02 Dominik Duprelle Hurley is the WORST actress on the planet and to view this is to KNOW pain. 1 stars
8/31/02 .Choadushouse. Horrible. Walked out after 20 minutes. This's the only movie I've rated "Total Crap" ever. 1 stars
8/27/02 K-ronik I'm embarassed to say I saw this for free. I actually elected to lose that ninety minutes. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Aug-2002 (PG-13)

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Australia
  27-Feb-2003




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