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- Get Him to the Greek
- Runtime:109 min
- Release Date:2013-09-16 12:17:55
- Director: Nicholas Stoller
- Genres: Comedy
MOVIE REVIEW:Get Him to the Greek
I am surprised that this movie is rated 6/10 stars… Are there really
so many sick people out there who likes this sh*t? What the **** is
wrong with some human beings?
This movie was disgusting, primitive, stupid, boring and too shallow.
Its the WORST movie I've ever seen, literally. Thats why I took my time
to even do this review.
Don't pay for this movie if you really have to watch it. And if you're
gonna watch it don't do it with your family or any normal person…
this movie belongs in the p0rn section.
I WISH I NEVER SAW THIS STUPID MOVIE!!!
It took a while but I eventually got around to watching this. (Thanks
Hoyts discount offer!) Russell Brand was hardly the best thing about
Forgetting Sarah Marshall a couple years ago, that film is a little
underrated and had several memorable scenes and roles, not least of
which was surprisingly Paul Rudd.
But Rusty was the guy though that did the most with his sudden
emergence, since that time he has been a staple on the late night talk
shows, continued releasing his stand up comedy DVDs despite the fact
that they have no jokes and are basically him telling stories with his
humorous cadence and patois, and managed to nab the music "It-Girl" of
the moment Katy Perry. (Oh and Russell, as far as having a unique way
of speaking, that worked for Pauly Shore. For a while.) Coupled with
the fact that I believe Russell Brand to be quite a smart bloke (apart
from the Katy Perry thing) and I hope he makes the most of his 15
minutes because he can be quite funny and often inspired to laugh
inducing rambling rants, (my favourite type of rants by the way).
So rather than come up with a new vehicle to maximise Brand's "brand"
they smartly stick with what got him there in the first place, the rock
star Aldous Snow, lead singer of Infant Sorrow.
In Forgetting Sarah Marshall Aldous Snow was merely the guy who took
Peter's titular missus. During the film Snow sang two songs and showed
that he was capable of great rock star excess, but he rarely gave too
much direct evidence of how capable.
In Get him to the Greek he gets his shot.
It is a few years on from the Hawaiian soujourn and Snow's high flying
career is abruptly grounded. An ill conceived song and album both
titled African Child is universally panned by critics and even his
loyal fans, and his longstanding, similarly smutty missus Jackie Q
(Rose Byrne) has ditched him, taking their son with her. Aldous has as
a result fallen off the teetotalling wagon big time and is hoovering up
everything he can push into an orifice.
Snow is left to revel in his own depression with only toadying henchmen
and his Mum (with who he has a love/hate relationship) sticking around.
For some reason, cinematic convenience perhaps? Snow travels sans
entourage for the entire film.
Back in the States a low level music exec Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is
sitting in a company brainstorming session, he floats the idea of
Infant Sorrow reforming to play a 10 year anniversary gig in LA at the
famed Greek theatre, the site of Snow's greatest success. Aaron's boss
the Les Grossman rip-off named Sergio (Diddy… as in Diddy) is
unimpressed, but looks into it. Imagine Aaron's surprise when Sergio
returns days later to inform him that Snow has agreed to the gig, and
that Aaron is to almost immediately set off to chaperone him to America
for a promo TV appearance and the concert.
Aaron is a longtime devotee of Infant Sorrow's and heads home to tell
his overworked missus Daphne of his success. Daphne is not a big music
lover unfortunately, what with her career as a doctor taking shape and
all, and after a brief argument they agree to break up.
So Aaron, simultaneously heartbroken and breathless with anticipation
heads off to run his taxi-service. As with all major musical gigs
apparently the planning and implementation of the entire proposal can
be done in no time… Aaron has three days.
Look I could go through the next hour of the film describing
misadventures and hijinks, we all know going in that this would be more
"Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll" than "Wine, Women & Song", and it is,
that's why it is a bit odd that all the goings on left be more bemused
Sure Aldous gets himself in many a predicament with his spoiled "I do
what I want" attitude, and manages to drag Aaron into most proceedings
despite his weak protests, but the whole thing is more matter-of-fact
than shocking or hilarious.
Missed flights, absinthe, casual groupie encounters and botched
interviews all come and go, but the only scene that raised the eyebrows
was when Aldous demands that Aaron hide his stash as they go through
customs… join the dots from there kids.
Will Snow get to the gig? Will Aaron get back with Daphne? Will Diddy
ever be anything less than a self-absorbed prat? I'd like to say that
the whole thing was as I expected and feel pretty smug about myself
that this wouldn't stand up well against the original film. Going in I
thought there'd be some debauchery featuring drugs and women and
hopefully more Brand than Hill, that all happened, but I did fully
expect that this would make me laugh a lot more than it did.
All that and the fact that Diddy just can't make himself seem
memorable, attention grabbing or as cool as he has always seemed to
think he is, even when his role is practically written that way.
Final Rating – 6 / 10. Amusing at times, worth a look. Why do I feel
strangely empty? Definitely a film I will revisit on DVD to see if I
think differently next time round.
A few years ago, I found Forgetting Sarah Marshall to be a mediocre
comedy which was redeemed to some point by having some funny
moments.Among them, we had had the interventions of Russell Brand in
the role of a ridiculously arrogant rock singer.He was only a secondary
character, but I guess that some producers saw potential in him, and as
a consequence we now have the film Get Him to the Greek, which is not a
sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall but a spin-off dedicated to Brand's
character, with a screenplay (extra-officially) inspired by the film My
Favorite Year, where a writer has to deal with a veteran (and
incorrigible) actor who is more interested in the liquor that in the TV
programme which will save his career.In the case of Get Him to the
Greek, an executive from a record company has to deal with a rock star
to take him to the concert which can save his career.
He is not as popular or as extreme as Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler, but
Brand provokes the same divisive effect as them on the people.Some ones
hate him with passion, while other ones appreciate his improvised and
extravagant style (such as me), and that will be the decisive effect
for the spectator to enjoy or detest Get Him to the Greek, because the
entire movie turns on Brand and his routines.Personally, Brand's
performance is the main reason I enjoyed this film, at the same time
that he has a good chemistry with Jonah Hill.
As for the supporting cast, I liked the performance from the great Colm
Meaney very much; Sean "P Diddy" Combs is unexpectedly effective in his
role…even though I am not sure whether he was acting or if he was
laughing at his public image; Rose Byrne shows credibility and good
presence in her character of model/singer/muse; and Elizabeth Moss does
not have too much material to work with in her role of Hill's
character's girlfriend, whose sub-plot makes the movie to extend a bit
more than unnecessary, with some moments which feel a bit boring.
As for the humor, there were a few occasions in which it did not work,
but it did in various other occasions.So, in conclusion, I can
recommend Get Him to the Greek because it kept me entertained and it
has more positive elements than negative ones, even though the final
result is not highly memorable.
It's been a while since I watched FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL (and a
while since I don't write a IMDb comment). I recall watching it twice
in less than four days it's, simply, a darn hilarious movie.
A spin-off? Yes, here it is. I was really looking forward to watch GET
HIM TO THE Greek, and a couple of days ago I ran across its R4 DVD (it
was never released in theaters here in Mexico City). Well, I'm sure of
two things: 1. Jonah Hill is gaining weight, as he is getting less and
less funny (still he knows how to sing the Mars Volta!). 2. Russell
Brand's Aldus Snow is a hilarious character that worked much better as
a minor "just for the fun" one.
As I remember, their stuff in "Sarah Marshall" delivered pretty much
the greatest laughs of the movie (here Jonah Hill plays a completely
different character tough). It was a simple situation: rock star
dealing with a fan, (who is basically in love with him). Here we have a
similar situation: same rock star dealing with a young man who works in
the music business and who is also a huge fan. Laughs? Yes, we do have
laughs, is pretty much inevitable having a guy like Brand (I would say
"like Hill" too but like I said, he is losing it and certainly a not-
just-for-the-fun part, the exact we have here, doesn't fit him
extremely well) but the movie never really feels like something fresh,
like something worthy. It's a movie to see only once, that's for sure.
6.5 out of 10
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