This weekend the familiar combo of Jonah Hill and Russell Brand will return to the big screen in Nicholas Stoller’s spin-off of 2008′s, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Get Him to the Greek focuses on the outlandish and politically incorrect rocker Aldous Snow and a young unsuspecting assistant from his record label. When you take Brand, Hill, Stoller, and throw in a real music mogul like Sean “Diddy” Combs you have the makings of a decent but not great comedy…
- Director: Nicholas Stoller
- Screenwriters: Nicholas Stoller, Jason Segel (characters)
- Cast: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Sean Combs, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Colm Meaney
- Cinematography: Robert D. Yeoman
- Original Music: Lyle Workman
Get Him to the Greek centers on a young and ambitious intern (Hill) who’s given the responsibility of babysitting the out of control rock star, Aldous Snow (Brand). His job is to pick him up and transport him to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles so he can perform and kick-off the first of many concerts in a multi-million dollar tour.
- Russell Brand: This shouldn’t come as a shock but Brand once again delivered as Aldous Snow. He is naturally charismatic and his screen presence is undeniable. He nailed it.
- Sean “Diddy” Combs: This is a tough one because Combs is still in the beginning stages of acting but he had some of the best lines in the movie. One sequence in particular, which involved furry walls was the highlight of the entire film.
- Music: There were a few songs that pushed the boundaries in terms of how ridiculous and raunchy they could be including “The Clap,” “Bangers, Beans, and Mash,” and “Supertight.” And yes, the lyrics are just as ridicuous as the titles, which is a good thing!
- Direction: Stoller did a decent job of getting solid performances out of his actors and executing the jokes at the right place and time. You can tell that he’s grown a bit since his directorial debut a couple years ago.
- Jonah Hill: Unlike his performance in Superbad Hill was not in his element as Aaron Green. Granted he was playing the straight man to Brand’s wacky Aldous Snow but that’s no excuse for his character to be so boring. He wasn’t enjoyable to watch, which was disappointing and sad.
- Tone: There were a lot of comedic moments in the film but they were intertwined with some heavy dramatic scenes that didn’t particularly make sense. The few times we saw Brand show some serious emotion it was great but it felt like it belonged in another movie.
Get Him to the Greek is funny and will give you all the crazy Russell Brand antics you want but it’s no Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This is a different kind of monster all together that tackles sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and even daddy issues. What it lacks in story it makes up for in the “Furry Walls” sequence, which by itself is worth your time and money. That’s something you won’t regret.
Get Him to the Greek debuts in theaters on June 4th!
Are you interested in seeing Get Him to the Greek this weekend?