22 April 2008
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, Ca.
Attn: Jeff Zucker, President & CEO
Congratulations on the weekend's big box office for your new movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I went to see it and as long as you keep giving Kristin Bell roles you'll be getting more of my business in the future too.
However, I could not have been more disappointed with one completely unnecessary minute of the film. I know comedy is subjective and maybe others will object to the coarse language or the nudity but it's safe to say most people who go to an R rated movie expect that these days.
But how on earth did a scene where Jason Segal's character Peter knifes a pig to death end up in this movie? It came completely out of the blue and was so tonally out of step with everything else in this otherwise light, romantic comedy as to ruin an otherwise festive outing. Is there anyone who finds that kind of gratuitous violence against an animal funny? Do you?
Don't misunderstand me. I recognize that people eat pigs and I've even seen them, just like in this film, cooked in the sand at a Hawaiian luau before. But don't they deserve to die as humanely and as with as much dignity as possible, even in a movie, and not appear to be chased, caught and slashed to death for "entertainment?"
Thank you for your time and attention to this customer's concern.
CC: Ron Meyer, President & COO, Universal
Nick Stoller, Director, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jason Segal, Writer, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Judd Apatow, Writer/Producer, Forgetting Sarah Marshall