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Serving Sara

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2002 1 Jan
Serving Sara

from Film Forum, 08/29/02

Serving Sara, the new comedy with Liz Hurley and Matthew Perry, received such condemnation, from religious and mainstream press alike, it is hardly worth mentioning.

Phil Boatwright speaks for almost everyone: "Crude humor and easy and objectionable language are used in place of wit, and the plot lags into moments of tedium. There's also very little energy, momentum or style to the production or the performances."

Holly McClure (Crosswalk) says, "I wanted to like this movie because of Perry, but I was greatly disappointed by the story." Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) argues, "The blame for this lies with the director and screenwriters. They've tried to make a formula comedy but have chosen to use ingredients that have only produced weak comedies in the past."

With a mind for the message, Lisa Rice (Movieguide) concludes that the movie "will leave Christian viewers sad, because Joe and Sara's relationship is based on wounds, greed, revenge, and lust, poor foundations for a lasting tie." She also suggests that the movie's jokes about Texas are actually a backhanded critique of President Bush by liberal moviemakers.

For more negative religious press reviews of the film, visit Catholic News and Preview.