Making the Grades
It should only take Joe (Matthew Perry) a brief moment to serve Sara (Elizabeth Hurley) her divorce papers. Unfortunately the writers of this movie didn't understand that a mere point in time isn't enough to support 100 minutes of dramatic comedy, leaving Serving Sara no other choice but to dish up 95 minutes of excess fat - all dripping with grade C content.
Pressured by his hyperactive boss to deliver the goods, Joe is relieved after handing the documents to the surprised woman. However, a later coincidental meeting provides Sara the opportunity to convince the process server he would be better off to recall her papers and hand her philandering husband Gordon (Bruce Campbell) a divorce notice instead. Doing so will give Sara legal claim to $10 million of her husband's huge Texas ranch holdings -- and a promised share in the take for Joe.
Playing a game of cat and mouse across the US with Sara in tow, Joe spends the balance of the movie trying to hand the legal note to the rich Texan. It's not an easy task considering the intimidating bodyguards, Sara's inability to "lie low," and Joe's competitive colleague Tony (Vincent Pastore) who has been sent to do the job Joe didn't complete.
Featuring a cast of characters determined to do anything to reach their goals, its no surprise this movie is as bad as Texas is big. Profanities abound, derogatory terms are constantly exchanged, and crude conversations are commonplace. Other escapades include Sara baring her breasts to secure a free hotel room (seen from back), violent fistfights, and the frequent use of guns with the insinuation every Texan packs one.
But the term objectionable is redefined when the citified Joe, mistaken for a veterinarian by Gordon's ranch hands, has to help extract semen from a breeding bull creating one of the more tasteless events to grace a PG-13 movie.
With Hurley dressed in next to nothing for most of the film, it appears even the creators knew they had to serve an attractive dish to keep the audience interested.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Serving Sara.
This movie has many stereotyped characters - like criminals with Italian accents, Texans that pack pistols, and a conniving blonde in a low cut dress. Why do writers rely on these stock personalities so heavily? How can they distort our view of reality?
In a touching scene, Joe describes how he left his high paying job working as a lawyer because he had to defend a known criminal. Does Joe show the same high ethical values as a process server? Is he justified in using illegal means (breaking into buildings, bribing a policeman) to complete his job?