Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek

**1/2

 

“Get Him to the Greek” is a film about how tough it is to be a rock star that mostly shows how fun it is to be a rock star.

Half of the movie is an uncompromising look at the chaos and hard drug use of a rock star and the other half is a cold assessment of the loneliness and depression that the lifestyle leads to.

“Get Him to the Greek” seems like it is too strange and outrageous to work. But the very R-Rated comedy was the number one new release of last weekend, beating out mainstream fare like “The Killers” and “Marmaduke.”

The film begins very strongly. We get to know lead character Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) and his doctor girlfriend.

Jonah Hill is one of the best young comedic actors working today. When director Nicholas Stoller keeps the camera on Hill, we are always entertained. Hill has a knack for presenting his characters as intelligent and vulnerable without ever losing focus on the laughs.

Stoller also introduces us to the film’s best character: record studio executive Sergio Roma (played brilliantly by P. Diddy). His foul-mouthed rants are hilarious and over-the-top, but always strangely reasonable in an evil genius sort of way.

When the movie sticks to Hill and P. Diddy, it works splendidly. When the other lead character – fading rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) – joins the action, the story starts spinning its wheels and the gusher of laughs slows to a trickle.

The plot is simple. Perhaps too simple. Our poor naïve protagonist Aaron is sent to the UK to pick up Aldous Snow and get him to Los Angeles for a concert.

Inevitably, the irresponsible rocker makes the task difficult by completely ignoring the flight and car agenda at every turn.

Instead, he parties constantly. He drinks hard, womanizes, and does a lot of hard drugs. Snow’s constant use of and obsession with drugs is surprisingly edgy for a mainstream American movie and I definitely do not recommend the picture for children!

Wanton hedonism can be funny. But not to this extent. Half way through the film, the story degenerates into complete chaos. Watching Aldous Snow ruin his own life and Aaron’s is not my idea of a great time at the movies, and that’s why the film ultimately fails for me.

Russell Brand is a big star in the UK as I understand it. I guess he is getting pretty popular here now, too. However, watching him party and act up for an hour is not funny or interesting enough to justify an entire comedy. “Get Him to the Greek” kept me reasonably entertained, but I don’t recommend it.

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