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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Get Him to The Greek

Get Him to The Greek is raunchy, juvenile and totally not-to-be-missed.

Russell Brand reprises his preening rocker character, Aldous Snow, from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But this time, Snow has released a new CD to universally scathing reviews and has gotten sober. So, he's not nearly as interesting to his sexy rocker girlfriend, Jackie Q. She says as much on national TV, and that's enough to send Aldous back to the booze and pills. But, falling off the wagon might be enough to catapult him back to the top of the charts. Jackie Q. wasn't the only one who liked Aldous better with a buzz. Apparently, his fans feel the same way.

Jonah Hill is equally fun to watch as Aaron, the nervous record label rep sent to accompany Aldous from London to New York (for a Today show appearance) and then to L.A. for a comeback concert. Aaron is forced to live the life of a rock star for 72 hours while he's responsible for the notoriously irresponsible Aldous. He's also got to keep Aldous sober for part of that time, which proves to be as difficult as it sounds.

Aaron is willing to go to great lengths -- including several episodes where he vomits on himself -- to deliver his rock idol to The Greek Theater and to pacify his demanding boss, played by P. Diddy (if that is indeed what Sean Combs goes by these days). Diddy is not likely to be nominated for an Oscar, but he's great fun to watch as a tyrannical executive. (Remember Snoop Dogg's role as Huggy Bear in Starksy & Hutch? They're both so cool that you're willing to overlook their bad acting.)

Aside from Diddy, the supporting characters are as equally good and well-cast as the leads. Colm Meaney shows up as Aldous' washed-up, ex-rocker father. Elizabeth Moss is likable as Josh's sweet, always-exhausted live-in girlfriend. But, Rose Byrne gets to have the most fun as Aldous' fame-loving, oversexed girlfriend.

The most delightful surprise of all, though, is how much heart this movie has. Aaron eventually views Aldous as a human and not just an idol. Aldous proves to have some genuine emotion beneath his chest hair and man jewelry.

If you're not easily offended and in the mood for a feel-good, gross-out comedy, get yourself to Get Him to The Greek. See it.

1 comment:

Amy Smith Grigg said...

Would have passed on this one but for your recommendation. Will report after viewing!