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Serving Sara (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Matthew Perry , Elizabeth Hurley , Reginald Hudlin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Campbell, Vincent Pastore, Cedric the Entertainer
  • Directors: Reginald Hudlin
  • Writers: David Ronn, Jay Scherick
  • Producers: Dan Halsted, Dan Kolsrud, David Scheer, Roland Pellegrino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007ELF9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Serving Sara (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director's commentary
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Outtakes
  • 2 deleted scenes and 3 alternate scenes

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A PROCESS SERVER WITH A NO HOLDS BARRED APPROACH TO CARRYINGOUT HIS DUTIES, ISN'T PREPARED FOR SARA THE STUNNING,SOON TO BE EX-WIFE OF A PLAYBOY CATTLE BARON. NOTHING HEATS UP ROMANCE LIKE RICHES & REVENGE.

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Matthew Perry is a gifted comic actor whose style works nicely on TV but somehow hasn't translated into movie success. To change the formula a bit, Serving Sara puts Perry in a slightly scruffier mode, and pairs him with an actress whose sexiness and comic aplomb should be a good counterpart to his wonderfully shticky style: Elizabeth Hurley. And it still doesn't work. This one is set in the exciting world of process-serving, where Perry teams up with jilted wife Hurley to sting her rich husband (reliable goof Bruce Campbell). This screwball plot might have worked if the two stars evinced any chemistry together, and if director Reginald Hudlin knew how to set up a scene. Bright spot: Cedric the Entertainer, as Perry's boss, gets laughs just from doing the tiniest bits of business while seated behind his desk. No small thing in a movie that otherwise labors. --Robert Horton

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a movie that potentially could be really entertaining, but just doesn't work. It's not awful, it is cute, there are a few genuinely funny moments and you won't waste your time watching it, but that's about it. There are a number of reasons for this.

The first is the writing. Besides the skimpy plot, there are some really implausible things going on here, the actors aren't presented with that much to work with, and sometimes it's so jarring that you simply fall out of the suspension of disbelief that you have to have to enjoy any film. A few examples: Matthew Perry wants to buy and run a winery in the Napa Valley. He pursues the opportunity to get a million dollars to accomplish this. A million dollars isn't even remotely enough money to start, let alone run one up there, and he's too dumb to know this. Remember, he couldn't have possibly anticipated how he would get more money at the end. He has no plan to actually get to his winery. Another example is having Elizabeth Hurley prance around in a T-shirt labled "Trailer Trash". There's no purpose to that, I guess it's supposed to be "funny".

Probably the biggest of many plot stupidities is when, because of an improbable lucky break, Perry's character has the opportunity to undo the damage he caused and easily salvage the whole thing if he reacts quickly. What's the first thing he does? Go out and do it before anything can go wrong? No, he phones the "other side" and brags about their mistake and what he's going to do! This is insane!

The direction is seviceable, but in many cases it looks like the actors were on their own, lacking a unified vision of what the film was suposed to be.

As far as the cast goes, Matthew Perry is a drag on the picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Perry has better movies January 14, 2004
By Sinitta
Format:DVD
So far I was surprised with Matthew Perry's movies. They were better than the newspapers wrote. This movie isn't that great unfortunately. It's a romantic comedy but you don't really recognize anything going on between the two main protagonists. Also the storyline is not particularly funny either. You can see as well that Matthew Perry had a hard time while this was shot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A funny script failed by Elizabeth Hurley July 1, 2003
By Alan
Format:DVD
Matthew Perry is a New York process server who, in trying to serve divorce papers to a Texas millionaire's trophy wife, gets sucked into her scheme to get revenge on her infidel husband.
The plot and script were amusing, and the cast was well chosen except for one actress - Elizabeth Hurley. Her sex appeal is her only asset in this film (would Sara Moore's pants have been torn off by an airport baggage claim conveyor belt if a less hot actress had played her? I think not.) Her acting is shallow and grows less and less tolerable with every viewing of this movie. Serving Sara could have been a very funny movie that could be enjoyed for years after, but instead will be abandoned as soon as it loses its "new release" status because of the mediocre acting of the second most major character. Sandra Bullock would have been an excellent choice for the role.
This film's screenwriter has obviously never been to Texas, and any Texan would be nauseated by the blatant inaccuracies and character portrayals. Even today, Texans are still portrayed in films as loud, unintelligent, overbearing, and materialistic. The scene where the attendees of a monster truck show whip out guns and begin firing on Gordon Moore once they are told he is carrying the Ebola virus is absurd (Texans don't carry guns around with them, we keep them at home). Also, regarding factual information, when the secretary points out Durango to Sara on a map to reveal Gordon's whereabouts, she points to central Texas, around Austin and San Antonio. Durango is a small, insignificant town in south Texas near the Mexican border. No one with money would hold property down there. Also, Gordon Moore may be stupid, but if he was stupid enough to try to farm in hilly, rocky central Texas, he wouldn't be worth $20 million.
I gave this movie 3 stars out of kindness, because with the right actress, it could have been something worth buying.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, Chandler!!!! September 29, 2004
Format:DVD
Taking aside the fact the critics are usually wating to humiliate any movie starring any of the six FRIENDS stars, I must agree that htis movie was deservedly bashed. It's simply bad. It's not funny AT ALL. Perry is in good shape, but there is no history. I mean, there is a plot, but it is so uninspired, directe so robotically, without any real "grip" by the director. Hurley's acting is atrocious (but she is more beautiful than ever!)

This movie will be forgotten forever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A small "serving" of humor December 20, 2003
Format:DVD
The local video emporium was having a "two-fer" deal, so I picked this up as my "bonus" movie when renting "Bruce Almighty." And while I have to say that "Serving Sara" is nothing special, my wife and I both thought it was every bit as good as "Bruce." Of course, that's not much of a compliment; "Sara" is really pretty lightweight.
The plot, such as it is, is just a contrivance to send the various characters ricocheting around the country in search of ... well, opportunities to fall down, get punched, and endure embarrassing encounters with livestock.
The acting is adequate, but no more than that. Best in show goes to Cedric the Entertainer, who is on-screen perhaps 10% of the time. Elizabeth Hurley is quite the hottie, especially at age 37, but her acting skills are minimal. Matthew Perry is his usual slightly-snide self. And Bruce Campbell gives HIS usual deadpan performance.
Overall I'd give "Serving Sara" a LOW three stars --- more like 2.5, actually. Worth renting if there's nothing better on the shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A New Kind of Legal Thriller...
Okay, so it's more of a comedy than a thriller. As for the "legal" part, there are plenty of legal inaccuracies to go around. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Philip Scholz
3.0 out of 5 stars OK movie
It's an okay movie. I didn't hate it even tough some parts I was saying waaaaaaaaaaaaat? A three star rating is generous. Even though it was not the best. I did enjoy myself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jerry Louie
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Night
We received it quickly, just in time for movie night.
We enjoyed it very much, THANKS
Our next project is a Matthew Perry Movie night
Published 16 months ago by jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot.
I like Matthew Perry and I thought the chemistry between him and Elizabeth Hurley was very good. I really enjoyed this movie.
Published 18 months ago by William R. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny "not a chic flic"
... well, maybe just a little bit.. Both guys 'n gals that I've seen this with really enjoyed it. Some of the lines are great. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by f4erabbi
1.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting all about Sarah...
Matthew Perry is funny and Elizabeth Hurley is smoking hot, so you would assume that the two of them together would create some memorable sparks; but alas, this is yet another... Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by Andrew Ellington
1.0 out of 5 stars First Movie I Watched In 2010 And Easily The Worst Film Of The Year
Matthew Perry stars as Joe Tyler, a frustrated process server, in this painfully long and unfunny romantic comedy. Read more
Published on January 6, 2010 by Richard Ross
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely Entertaining
I almost always finish a movie...but I actually had to watch this one over 3 days since I thought it was so horrendous. Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Texas meets New York City in romantic comedy?
Mathew Perry is an unshaven process server in competition with a bear sized fellow with bad breath. His world comes to change when he serves Sara an English woman who is getting... Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by Roger Bagula
2.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Perry can't play anyone else apart from Chandler and Liz...
I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. The film's rubbish. If you see this in a shop, EVEN if it's really cheap, walk away. What utter nonsense. Read more
Published on July 15, 2008 by Meesha
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