Movie Review: Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Jonah Hill plays a record company intern looking to get ahead in the incredible (albeit poorly titled) summer comedy, Get Him to the Greek.
As Aaron Green, Hill has the increasingly frustrating task of getting an out-of-control, hard-partying rock-star from London to Greek stadium in L.A. to perform within the tight space of 72 hours.
The almost has-been rocker, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), is an egocentric, sex-addicted drug-user whose life has long since spiraled into a mess of repetitive, self-destructive behaviors. Searching for a meaning to his wild and wayward existence, he meets Green and finds a most unlikely friend.
While hands-down managing to stake claim as one of the funniest films of the year by far, Get Him to the Greek is also a contender for “Most Raunchy Comedy of the Decade,” as it pulls no punches in being especially endearing to college partiers, drunks, acid-heads, and all-round junkies of every caliber.
As a result of this pathetic pandering, what would have been a straight-up A+ is at best a B+ because the film never lives up to its potential due to the presence of so much risqué, booze-born epithets and material accounting for as much as 85% of the humor, leaving little else to be appreciated.
A very witty and well written comedy, Get Him to the Greek goes far, mostly because of Green's boss, a greedy and materialistic character, Sergio Roma (Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs). His is not only the funniest character in the movie, but his comedic input accounts for about a third of the really big laughs.
From the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and from the producers of Superbad, three-and-a-half stars for this outrageous – and like the movie's main character, out-of-control – comedy.
Grade: B+ (3 ½ stars) Recommended!
Rated: R (for sex and sexual content, adult language and situations, smoking, and heavy drug use)
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Summary: A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.
Starring: Jonah Hill "Aaron Green," Russell Brand "Aldous Snow," Rose Byrne "Jackie Q," Zoe Salmon "Herself," Lino Facioli "Naples," Lars Ulrich "Himself," Mario López "Himself," Pink "Herself," Billy Bush "Himself," Kurt Loder "Himself," Christina Aguilera "Herself," Colm Meaney "Jonathan Snow," Elisabeth Moss "Daphne Binks," Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs "Sergio Roma"