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Get Him to the Greek: Movie Review


Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Russel Brand, Jonah Hill, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Rose Byrne
Released by: Universal Pictures

In Short: Raunchy, outrageous and often very funny, this twisted buddy flick/road trip comedy from the director of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” continues the story of Aldous Snow, the wild rock-star character from that hit film.

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Giggling All the Way to the Greek

Apparently, when director Nicholas Stoller met up with actor Russell Brand on the set of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” he was smitten; perhaps by Russell himself, but definitely by the actor/comedian’s character in that 2008 comedy. For Stoller took Aldous Snow, the self-indulgent rock star from that flick, and wrote him a whole movie.

“Get Him to the Greek” meets up with Aldous at a different time in his life, when his career has gone south because of his binge drinking and drug abuse. His record label, which is run by Sergio Roma (played by P. Diddy in a seriously hilarious turn), figures out how to make some money from his past glories, by bringing him back to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for a ten-year anniversary concert of his biggest live concert (and best-selling album) ever.

That’s where Aaron Green (the ever-chubby Jonah Hill) comes in. He’s the underling who has to head to London, pick up Aldous, and “Get Him to the Greek” in time for that comeback show.

Russel Brand in Get Him to the Greek Jonah Hill Sean "P Diddy" Combs in Get Him to the Greek

And that’s also where this outrageous buddy/road trip comedy takes off, as short, fat, naïve Aaron meets up with tall, skinny, jaded Aldous. It’s four days of life-changing road tripping for both men, with stops in London, New York, Las Vegas and, finally, Los Angeles, with some seriously funny encounters along the way.

There’s tons of laughs in “Get Him to the Greek,” a raunchy booze-sex-and-dope-filled comedy highlighted by Russell Brand’s totally believable take on a world-famous, completely screwed-up rock star, and Hill’s ambitious, yet fan-driven, hapless record executive. Plus, Colm Meaney as Aldous’ wildly dysfunctional dad is priceless, and Diddy’s parody of himself both make this a movie that modern music fans should not miss.

The film does devolve a bit in the last act, as the boys find redemption, but that lapse into sentimentality does not eradicate the fun they (and we) have had along the way.

 

Reviewed by Jenny Peters




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(Updated 06/04/10 CT)

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