Serving Sara (2002)
Amy Adams as: Kate
Directed by: Reginald Hudlin
Written by: Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Selected Cast: Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, Cedrick the Entertainer
Release Date: August 23, 2002 (US)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The one thing that could bring them together is revenge.
Joe Tyler might just have one of the worst jobs in the world, but he’ll stop at nothing to do it. A down-and-dirty process server with ingenious methods of laying legal documents on everyone from mobsters to millionaires, Joe is a man determined to serve his man – or woman – at all costs. Sara Moore is Joe’s next victim. Her conniving partner, Gordon, a wealthy, Texan cattle rancher with whom she has amassed a fortune, has hired Joe to serve Sara with papers that threaten to cut her off. While, at first, Sara is taken by surprise, once the shock wears off, she’s ready to strike back and go after what she’s entitled to – the money she earned with Gordon, a sizeable chunk of his ego… And just maybe a shot at true love.
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Amy plays Kate, the sexy “pink goddess of love” and not-so-dumb blonde girlfriend of Gordon Moore, the uber rich husband of Sara. She first comes off harmless and stupid but we shortly learn that this kitten has claws and a plan of her own! Although the role is small and rather limited, Amy is truly the highlight of the film as she delivers the much needed funny. Serving Sara is worth seeing for her alone – but unfortunately not so much for anything else.
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• Filmed in Texas, USA
• Many of the locations featured in the movie are actual locations found in Dallas Texas (e.g., the Texas Club, Reunion Arena, Dallas City Hall.) However, the stainless steel building of the “Moore Company” in the movie is actually the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank (K-11) which is located in the cultural district of Dallas.
• During filming in 2002, Matthew Perry spent some time in rehab due to an addiction to prescription painkillers. Production was slowed, but the filmmakers focused on filming scenes without Perry in them during his absence.
• The slutty outfit that Sara Moore wears throughout the second half was actually chosen by Elizabeth Hurley. The director liked it so much he decided that would be her costume.
“Nearly every joke hits with a thud: Joe tells his crooked, dumb-lug rival process server (played with valiant professionalism by Vincent Pastore) that he “must have grown up in a house with lots of lead paint.” It’s the kind of line that, to borrow the playground parlance the movie seems most comfortable with, is so funny you forgot to laugh. Sitting through Serving Sara, you’re likely to forget over and over again, to the point where you can’t remember why you bothered to show up in the first place. It’s a movie that makes you feel old and enfeebled before your time, instead of invigorated. And that’s a lousy way to feel anytime, but especially in the presence of Liz Hurley flouncing around in a tartan mini.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon
“Serving Sara is defined by three characteristics. It is as stupid as a decapitated worm. It is as irritating as a mosquito buzzing around one’s head. And it is as funny as Schindler’s List. The only thing it has going for it is that Elizabeth Hurley runs around in a tight tee-shirt and a short skirt. Still, even a good body can only captivate for so long, and, in the case of something like this, it’s not nearly long enough. Aside from Liz during her pre-motherhood period, there’s nothing in this film worth even a moment’s look – unless you’re trying to find a new way to get a cow’s attention.” – James Berardinelli, Reel