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Get Him to the Greek (2010)


If I was able to chill with Russel Brand, I know it would probably be better than this movie.

Ambitious young record company intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) will let nothing get in the way of his planned rise to the top in the music business — not even the unruly rock star (Russell Brand) he must escort to Los Angeles for the start of his anniversary concert. Doing whatever it takes to get the rocker from Point A to Point B, Aaron encounters all manners of mishaps.

So for anybody who saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall may remember Russell Brand as Aldous Snow totally stealing the show. Well this one is a spin-off with the same guy here, the only problem is that I wish it was as funny as that one.

The script had me chuckling here and there, because the jokes have some good wit and work with the situations that this film places them in. However, the only problem that the jokes are way too raunchy, and not the good raunchy either. A lot of this film’s humor is just random, immature potty jokes that don’t work. I don’t mind a good raunchy joke here and there, but once it starts to become the only thing the film seems like it’s shooting for, it just starts to become an annoyance and do nothing for me. I laughed every once and awhile, but not enough as I was expecting.

The main problem with this film is that by the end the film starts to get a little bit more sweet than I expected as well. There is this little romantic sub-plot that really brings down this film. I get that they were trying to bring more heart to this film rather than a penis, which is where half of the film’s jokes were coming from, but the tone just seems to be uneven by the end. The things that happen in this film are a little bit too unbelievable to actually take into account of some reality, because the way these people act in just seems put on, and made for the next dumb scenario to happen.

I had a great time with these performances which actually helped me through some of the more annoying scenes. As always, steals the show by doing his usual charming, raunchy character as Aldous Snow, and it all feels genuine. Every time this guys on screen, you don’t see him as that crazy guy that did a weird hosting job of the MTV Video Music Awards a couple of years back, you see him as this nutty, drug-addicted rocker and it works. I’m glad to see that Russell BrandJonah Hill is at least still getting big roles that he deserves because this man is just funny in almost anything he does. It’s not just because he’s fat like many people think, it’s because that comedic timing Hill has is perfect. My favorite element of this film had to be Sean “P. Diddy” Combs playing the record producer, Sergio. He does to this film what Tom Cruise did in Tropic Thunder, and that’s basically just play himself, and curse all the time, thus providing many belly laughs. I found myself laughing at his parts the most out of the film, and I’m glad that Diddy at least doesn’t have that much of a huge ego, to take roles like this. There is also some nice little supporting jobs from the likes such as Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney, Elizabeth Moss, and randomly Lars Ulrich.

Consensus: There are some laughs here, much ado to the amazing cast here, but there is too much random raunch that seems put there to make crazy situations, seem even crazier, and the sweetness by the end doesn’t seem real.

5.5/10=Rental!!

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14 responses to “Get Him to the Greek (2010)

  1. Steven Flores March 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I saw this recently and while I kinda liked it. Especially Rose Byrne in a very funny role while getting to be sexy (though her sleeping with Lars from Metallica… ew!!!).

    It didn’t have a narrative that was engaging or concise as Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Diddy was funny and I liked Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. It was just that it tried too hard to be really funny and all out. It’s just not as inspired.

  2. Chris DeCarlo March 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I noticed we shared the same criticisms in our reviews. My letter and number grades don’t exactly translate well, but I gave it a “C” which to me is about a 4/5 , so, I agree with your grade here. When I rank films by numbers, which I tend to do now, I rate them as levels of enjoyment. In any case, the grades don’t really matter all that much though. Good review!

  3. Branden March 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I was surprised that you gave it a 5.5. I hated Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I thought Aldo Snow was the best character there.

  4. jessiepeace March 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I liked this film, Its a film you can just relax and chat and watch. It doesn’t make you question anything its just a simple film for when you feel like being simple and laughing at all the fucked up things Russell says! What more do you need? :)
    Jessie.

    • CMrok93 March 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      True, but for me I just didn’t have an incredible time with this like I expected.

    • Marc March 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Have to agree with you there Jessie.

      As far as your review Dan I agree with you about the genuine nature of Russell Brand’s Aldous. Still has it’s fair share of hit/miss jokes and the film could use some editing (read: shorter runtime) but I enjoy this with my brain sufficiently turned off…of course I’ll admit a pitcher of beer helped with that:P

      Thought the songs were really great/inventive and Aldous did a fair job at playing a convincing rocker. Diddy was a waste of space in this one and that’s my only real knock.

  5. Castor March 23, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Agree with you Dan that the comedy often completely misses the mark. I thought it was amusing here and there but for the most part, this was a really mediocre comedy IMO. I don’t think I laughed more than once or twice if at all.

  6. andymovieman June 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    i thought the movie so fucking boring and not funny at all. i will never see a movie like that again at all.

  7. andymovieman September 3, 2011 at 12:22 am

    i hated that fucking movie.

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