Review: Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek (2010)
109 minutes
Rated – R
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs, Elisabeth Moss

Grade:  B

We all remember Aldous Snow as the bad-ass British rock-star that stood between Sarah Marshall and Peter Bretter in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Get Him to the Greek takes a closer look at the spontaneous rocker after he left the island (sorry, I just still really miss Lost). So what has he been up to?

After his insanely successful album “Infant Sorrow” he takes a daring step for his next album, “African Child” where he contemplates himself as the White African Jesus From Space. Yes, Aldous Snow is that bizarre. While he was seven years sober during Forgetting Sarah Marshall, his falling out with model/pop-star Jackie Q brought him back to his bad-boy antics of partying with drugs and alcohol.

The film succeeds in the buddy aspect between outrageous rocker Aldous Snow and the fairly innocent Aaron Green. After Green pitches a great idea to his boss about a comeback concert of Aldous Snow, it’s his job to fly to London and retrieve Snow for an appearance on the Today Show in New York City and then to Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre. This sounds easier than it actually is.

As you can imagine, Aldous Snow does everything he’s not supposed to. All he wants to do is party and he expects things to unfold the way it’s supposed to even when he doesn’t make a flight or skips sound check. Green’s attempt to control and tame Snow is what brings out the laughs. Oh, and also the equally outrageous Sergio Roma, played by Sean “P Diddy” Combs, provides a bulk of the laughs.

The first half of the film is down right funny. There are many laugh-out-loud moments for anyone to enjoy. However, the second half shows that the film has a soft and sweet side. This is identical to the way Wedding Crashers played out. It’s not a bad formula, but I like comedies more balanced than this.

It’s a bit strange how Snow and Green develop a friendship through all the shenanigans they get involved with, but in the end it’s what opens their eyes and brings them both back on track with their lives. Aldous Snow does make it to the Greek and he puts on one hell of a show.

Overall, Get Him to the Greek is an effective comedy with some surprising, heart-warming moments. Even though there might have been a bit too much slap-stick to be considered among the recent comedy’s finest, the film had a purpose throughout all the mayhem. Nicholas Stoller is becoming quite an impressive writer/director of comedy. Keep an eye out for him in the near future.

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