Get Him to the Greek (2010)

“Oh, it's a bit of this, a bit of that. It's called a Jeffrey. It's mostly weed, with a bit of opium as well... ground-up E's... heroin... Clorox..”“Oh, it's a bit of this, a bit of that. It's called a Jeffrey. It's mostly weed, with a bit of opium as well... ground-up E's... heroin... Clorox..”

“Oh, it’s a bit of this, a bit of that. It’s called a Jeffrey. It’s mostly weed, with a bit of opium as well… ground-up E’s… heroin… Clorox..”

So, I’ve been told that across a mystic desert, is a desert that is mystic. Is that true? Has anyone gone to this mystic desert? I’d love to know and tag along on the next flight out. I hear it’s beautiful this time of year, one of the 7 wonders of the world today. Well, I guess it would be the 8th wonder then. Before we start does anyone have a Jeffrey you wouldn’t mind sharing? No, ok fine let’s stop with the references (for now) and start the show. Imagine a comedy becoming so successful that it gets a spinoff for a character that is part of a subplot, it’s unthinkable. Especially in today’s universe building environment.  It also turns out the spinoff is just as funny as the original thanks to the original writing team. It’s difficult to not bring up Zoolander and the sequel that never and I mean NEVER should have been made. The case of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek is the complete opposite. Building off of that first success is absolutely key with comedy sequels but also having it feel like an organic story and not something that is forced out into the public by the studio to make a quick dollar.

Aldous Snow’s latest release African Child is notoriously known as one of the worst albums ever made. It comes behind slavery and famine as the worst thing to happen to Africans and African Americans. Arron Green, a diehard Aldous Snow fan doesn’t care much for that album too. As a record label employee or a music industry professional we know (yes, I say we because I am in fact a music industry professional) artists can be particularly sensitive about the music they create. Rightly so, its difficult to put everything out there about your life for the world to see. Record label executive Sergio only cares about finding the next big thing in music at his employees’ expense. Aaron brings a great idea that will generate a ton of money for Pinnacle and revive Aldous’s career. Aldous had career suicide with African Child while falling off the wagon and divorcing the mother to his child Jackie Q. Sergio suggests Aaron go to England to pick up Aldous and bring him to the Greek theater for the show. First stop, actually leaving London with Aldous to catch their flight on time to make it to The Today Show.

Aaron (Jonah Hill) as part of his job of getting Aldous (Russell Brand) to Los Angeles must keep him sober for his Today Show concert and interview. Aaron smokes all Aldous’ weed and drinks all his liquor keeping him in line. Unfortunately, Aldous can’t remember the lyrics to ‘African Child’ instead, he listens to what Aaron suggested he sing ‘The Clap’. The concert goes well and the two go out on the town and each take a shot of absinthe. Daphne (Elizabeth Moss) catches Aaron in a lie while finding out that he’s been cheating on her, not on purpose of course but against his will. This is Aaron’s attempt to mind f*** Aldous as Sergio (Diddy) so lovingly puts it. Aaron suggests him and Aldous go to Vegas to see Aldous’s father and reconcile their relationship. Aldous misunderstands and they head there before the show at the Greek.

On their way to the airport Aldous wants a pretzel so they make a stop in which Aaron is put in a terribly uncomfortable situation. Once in Vegas Aaron and Aldous meet up with Jonathan Snow (He knows nothing, I couldn’t resist. He’s not MY Jon Snow) and have a crazy night filled with alcohol, brawls and furry walls. Finally, the next day, the two make it to LA and deal with some hard truths. Aaron attempts to make up with Daphne and saves Aldous from himself. In actually getting him to the Greek theater, Aaron quits his job after one of the worst weekends of his life and starts his own record label in Seattle with Aldous as his first artist. Aldous also did something he didn’t think he was capable of, putting out a single and having it be a hit.

Right off the bat, Get Him to the Greek brings the laughs with Russell Brand as one of the main characters. His Aldous Snow would have been completely unrealistic if not for the emotional depth he shows in the second and third acts. He first comes off as an out of control celebrity with a god complex, as the story progresses, we see that he is just like everyone else. As we see in real life, celebrities and mostly musicians are extremely complex humans struggling with mental issues most of us can’t imagine. Aldous is a sad and depressed person but Aaron being a good hearted human saves Aldous from himself. Aaron is a pushover in the beginning being afraid to take control of the situation at hand, keeping Aldous in line. He does show some push back with Daphne but than makes that mistake asking her the one question you should never ask a woman. By the time they are back in LA, Aaron starts to stand up for himself by first standing up to Aldous and then Sergio.

I love Forgetting Sarah Marshall so its only right I would think Get Him to the Greek would be just as funny. Jonah Hill leaves me in tears from laughing so hard every single time I watch this movie. When he says the line “Don’t be a Bi*** dude, I’m getting my drink on” or when he has to find the “friend” at the hotel for Aldous, I die. Jonah Hill is such a versatile actor being able to be comedic in some films than play a serious dramatic role in the next. Before this film, it could be difficult to see Russell Brand as a lead or co-leading actor, but he manages to pull it off. His character is unexpected but can compare to others that have suffered the same mental illnesses that all music fans sadly know so well.

This film is unapologetically funny, It comes close to stepping over the line but, never really does and the best character isn’t even the 2 main characters. Diddy’s Sergio is hands down my favorite character. His dialogue is perfect, and I can honestly picture Diddy saying majority of his lines in real life. Some of the lines are so crude but majority of them land well. Another thing that I like with this is the music. Most of the music is great and works for the Rock star. I could brush my teeth to all the music in this film except, of course, ‘African Child’. That song is offensive on so many levels.

I know what you’re all thinking, why did he review the spinoff before the original, well I’ll give you all the short answer. It’s because I can, its my blog but, I will be reviewing Forgetting Sarah Marshall soon, I promise. I love quoting this film, I probably quote this film more than other comedies, the dialogue just works for quoting. If I were to rate Get Him to the Greek, I’d rate it 4.0 out of 5. I highly recommend watching the original Forgetting Sarah Marshall first than this. Not for the reason that this film would be hard to understand but for the pure enjoyment of seeing both.

So, tell me guys, have you seen Get Him to the Greek and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think.

Get Him to the Greek is written and directed by Nicholas Stoller is Rated R and has an 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. Get Him to the Greek was released on June 4th, 2010 and has a runtime of 1 hour and 54 minutes. Get Him to the Greek can be bought online by retailers including Vudu and Itunes.

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