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Serving Sara (Widescreen Edition)

3.1 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Product Description

Two adults meet under odd circumstances and a relationship evolves. Joe Tyler (Perry) is a servicer, delivering divorce papers to Sara Moore (Hurley) from her shameless Texan husband (Campbell). Serving her papers turned into a cross-country trip to save Sara's cattle fortune.

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007ELF9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Serving Sara (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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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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. As for the jokes, there are plenty of those to go around as well. Matthew Perry plays a process server assigned to hunt down and serve a wealthy socialite, played by Elizabeth Hurley, whose husband wants a divorce that won't harm him financially. Angered, Hurley later happens to find Perry (a pretty amazing coincidence in itself) and convinces him to tear up her papers and help her serve her husband, putting her on top in the subsequent divorce proceedings. Perry agrees and the two head from New York to Texas to find Hurley's husband, played by Bruce Campbell, all while being chased down by Perry's colleague, played by Vincent Pastore, who's been assigned to serve Hurley properly. Again, this was a pretty funny movie, but that was basically all it was. The characters weren't very deep, the plot was ripe with inaccuracies and amazing coincidences, and the conclusion was corny topped with one of the film's weaker jokes. But most of the jokes were better than that as Perry and Hurley did remember to pack their funny. It's good for some laughs on a Friday night. I do wish I could have seen more of Bruce Campbell and Cedric the Entertainer as both men's talents were definitely underused here. Enjoy.
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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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Serving Sara is a 2002 romantic-comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin(House Party) and starring Matthew Perry(Friends), Elizabeth Hurley(Dangerous Ground), Bruce Campbell(Ash Vs. Evil Dead), Cedric the Entertainer(The Soul Man), Vincent Pastore(The Sopranos), and Terry Crews(The Expendables). Joe Tyler(Perry) is a process server and his task given to by his mean-spirited boss(Cedric) to serve warrants to Sara(Hurley) as she is ready to divorce her wealthy but spinach-brained husband(Campbell). Once Joe finds Sara, it leads to a rib-ticking game of cat and mouse as Joe's boss has sent another server(Pastore) to stop Joe and prevent him from earning his cash bonus. The special features include a behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes and outtakes. Serving Sara is an underrated comedy that finds its niche in TV airings and DVD and Blu-Ray sales.
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By Jerry Louie on September 3, 2013
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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. If you are looking for a movie just to relax or just to have on in the background, perhaps have a laugh or two then this movie isn't too bad of a choice. Overall Not good but Not Horriable.
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... 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. You've got to pay close attention - the one-liners come fast and furious. Matt Perry & Elizabeth Hurley really compliment each other here, but the entire cast is pretty good too. This is a "have to watch" adult entertainment movie.
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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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