When I said "talents," I meant as an actor and writer. I was not interested to see his bits and pieces in two separate scenes. What is this, How I Met Your Member?
Aside from the full frontal stuff, the movie was kinda... predictable. Peter (Segel) is a songwriter who puts off his dream project by composing morose music for a TV procedural starring his girlfriend, actress Sarah Marshall (
The movie does have its funny places -- Brand in particular gets many of the good lines -- but I couldn't help feeling that none of the actors brought anything unique to the characters, and could easily have been replaced (especially Bell). There is one creative idea: Peter's dream project is a Dracula puppet musical, and the friendly hotel clerk (Mila Kunis) exists more or less to bring that creative side out of him.
It's not too much of a spoiler to say that we do get to see some of the puppet musical, performed a bit like Avenue Q but with a real Jim Henson pedigree. Segel will next tackle a new Muppet movie, which could be good, as he has a flair for the melodramatic (watch this clip) and will likely keep his pants on.