Get Him To The Greek
- 1 hr 48 min
Nicholas Stoller directs the weird and eccentric Get Him To The Greek, and joins the Judd Apatow legion alongside such modern comedy classics as The 40 Year old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Knocked Up. Get Him To The Greek may not be in the upper echelon of quality in modern comedies, but it does offer a nice selection of crude humor and laughs. The film stars controversy baron Russell Brand as a character that is basically himself in real life. Aldous Snow is an egotistical maniacal self-absorbed rock star, whose concerns go very little beyond how nice his hair looks and how many girls he can hit on in a given day. Jonah Hill plays Aaron Green, a fan of Snow who has become haphazardly placed as his assistant/slave when he becomes a record label intern. The film is largely a series of escalating drama between the good-mannered Green whose job is to make sure Snow behaves and stays out of trouble, and a rambunctious Snow whose egotism and "don't care" attitude causes him to have fights at parties, do drugs, and cause mayhem at every turn. Aldous Snow has a child, where he learns it may not even be his (where his girlfriend is sleeping with Lars Ulrich who just so happens to actually be in the film playing himself). Snow takes advantage of all the rockstar cliches, crashing parties where Green escorts him out of a drug-induced frenzy. The film finally culminates in Snow's threat of suicide. Even in death, he is large and theatrical. The film is a bit crude and silly, and pretty unrealistic for all intents and purposes, as almost all the characters are wildly exaggerated for the sake of comedy. The record label executive is played by Sean Combs (P.Diddy) and his harshness and upfront nature is pretty well displayed from his real life persona. It's odd that all the major players seem to really just be acting in exaggerated forms of themselves, and perhaps that is the art of Stoller's direction. In all, Get Him to the Greek is a traveling tale about escorting a ridiculous rockstar to The Greek music venue. While one avoids problems, the other loves them, and the conflict and adventure naturally arises from this ridiculous characters and their ridiculous nature.