2002
Rated: PG-13 for mild violence, adult language and some sexual themes.
Genre: Comedy Romance
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin
Running Time: 1:40
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Review Date:
DVD Features:
Audio Commentary - 1. Reginald Hudlin - Director
Trailer - 1. Theatrical
Featurette - 1. Behind-the-Scenes
Outtakes (3)
Deleted Scenes (2)
Extended Scenes (3)
If you like this, try: War of the Roses, The Whole Nine Yards
SERVING SARA

 

Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry  Friends) is a sleazy process server who is having a rather difficult time serving subpoenas to his marks. When a sleazy Millionaire (cult actor Bruce Campbell  Evil Dead) divorces his wife (Elizabeth Hurley  Austin Powers, Bedazzled), Joe must serve her with much obstacles in his way. When they manage to run into each other, she makes him an offer, she'll give him a million dollars if he serves her husband within twenty-four hours. Now, they must track him down across country while dodging a rival server (Vince Pastore  The Sopranos), and a psychotic right-hand man.
    I was rather surprised by this movie, because there's rarely any surprises with Hollywood nowadays. Matthew Perry does his usual sarcastic witty character schtick in here and does it well, supplying good comedic timing while making his character charming. Matthew can do good physical comedy as well, often falling over or being beaten up a lot. He can also do great personalities as he constantly schemes his way to his marks in which he serves his subpoena's to.  Cult actor Bruce Campbell gives a hilarious if somewhat small role as the sleazy husband and tycoon Gordon Moore who often dodges Perry throughout the movie. Elizabeth Hurley lights up the screen as usual in the supporting role as the divorced wife vying for revenge against her sleazy husband. She's a good straight man and an even better hottie. I think she's a little underrated as an actress; people often identify her a Hugh Grant's wife or the girl from the Austin Power's movie, but she shines well in this. The movie has a rather original plot, with a lot of hilarious and often wacky situations that prompted me to laugh out loud a couple of times.

Unfortunately, it's difficult to see this movie as nothing more than a romantic comedy than a real one. Many of the jokes, though funny, tend to fall flat on its ears with badly written puns and comebacks often spewed unfortunately by Perry. This movie has many of the usual elements a romantic comedy has, the obligatory villain, the formula in which the characters hate each other at first but soon grow to love each other, blah blah. Cedric the Entertainer has a horribly unfunny role as Joe's boss whom constantly plots against him, hoping to get some money from the serving. He has his bit parts in the movie often displaying his "comedic" schticks with race jokes and dancing and never really even makes me crack a smile. Vince Pastore also has a lame role as Tyler's rival in the process serving business and seemed to just be an element of the movie to give the character's motivation.

A funny, romantic if not sub-par comedy with great comedic performances by Perry which will leave a warm feeling in your stomach. Corny, ain't I?