Matthew Perry shows once again while the cast of "Friends," with perhaps the exception of Jennifer Aniston, should sign on for yet another season of the popular yet tired television show. Serving Sara, his latest entry, is a disturbingly bad and unoriginal comedy that doesn't even benefit from the presence of Elizabeth Hurley or cult favorite Bruce Campbell.
Perry stars as a depressed and cynical process server who spends his time being an asshole and issuing papers to whomever his boss sees fit, not to mention spouting off about ten bad jokes in every scene. He is ordered to find a woman named Sara (Hurley) and deliver her divorce papers, but when he does, she offers him a million dollars to instead issue papers to her husband (Campbell). The movie doesn't go into too much detail as to why it really matters, but the screenwriters make up some bullshit legal reasons.
Anyway, Perry and Hurley run around the entire movie trying to avoid Vincent Pastore as he tries to deliver her the papers while they try to deliver Campbell his papers. It is quite the stupid cat-and-mouse game, and, just for kicks, director Reginald Hudlin threw in a dumb ass security guard for good measure. I guess he was trying to make the most of a dreadfully dull screenplay.
Perry, who can be quite talented given the right material (pretty much any character that resembles Chandler and not much more), is quite insufferable here. Why he decided to star in this movie is beyond me, but then again, why do studio executives green light such pictures in the first place? Hurley is decent, but I might just be blinded by the fact that she's hot. There, I said it. Campbell isn't given enough screen time to even do a single joke or one-liner.
I obviously wasn't expecting much from Serving Sara, but it defied expectations and was even worse than I thought possible. That being said, I could think of worse things to watch, but I really don't want to confuse myself; I'm still trying to figure out why the person who originally wrote the screenplay wasn't shot.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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