Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 28, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Serving Sara

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/23/02
performer
Elizabeth Hurley, Matthew Perry, Bruce Campbell, Cedric the Entertainer, Vincent Pastore
director
Reginald Hudlin
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
David Ronn, Jay Scherick
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D+

Serving Sara is an end-of-season, everything-must-go release that slaps Elizabeth Hurley and Matthew Perry together and prays against all hope that comic chemistry will ignite. It’s a synthetic cautionary tale about the limits of celebrity as an acting style.

Hurley, with puffed and glossed lips and boobs, plays the title character, whose rich, two-timing Texas cattle-ranching husband (Bruce Campbell) is trying to divorce her — and to cheat the apparently classy, faithful, beautiful gal out of the settlement she deserves. Matthew Perry is Joe, a process server who falls for Sara in the course of trying to deliver her walking papers. The movie itself is a cattle ranch full of joke droppings and mooing shtick not worth stepping in. (Cedric the Entertainer does one brand of antic apoplexy as Joe’s boss, while ”The Sopranos”’ Vincent Pastore does more as Joe’s competitive colleague.) And the few jaunty, ”Friends”-inflected lines Perry does get off are lost among the cow pies.

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