Get Him to the Greek
They may have touched base, but the audience isn’t safe.

Theatrical Release Date: 06/04/2010
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Sean P. Diddy Combs, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney

Forgetting Sarah Marshall” came out from under the Judd Apatow production tree and enjoyed a modicum of success. Well, writer/director Nicolas Stoller thought the dynamic between Jonah Hill and Russell Brand was so good, he’d spin off the film into “Get Him to the Greek”.

Reprising his role as sex/alcohol/drug/foul language-addicted hipster rocker Aldous Snow, Brand gets to continue the gag of being a cliché of a cliché. It was fun the first time, and it’s a likable character (but apparently only in small doses). For his part this time around, Hill is an eager record label lackey named Aaron Green, charged with getting Snow from London to Los Angeles in time for a much hyped concert. While it makes sense for the thin plot, it would have been better to let Hill continue as a sycophantic fan and either have Brand be on the run or have taken him under his wing.

There is a decent storyline involving Snow’s ex-girlfriend (Rose Byrne, being as provocative as ever but still not making up for the rest of the film – Call me!) but sadly, there’s also a weaker storyline revolving around Aaron’s relationship with Elisabeth Moss – she’s a doctor who’s gotten placed in a hospital far, far away … will they find a way to make it work? Will Aaron’s antics on the road ruin their happily ever after? Who cares?

The whole production feels like an excuse for Stoller, Brand and Hill to reunite and get paid to joke around with each other. Those who like a story to go with their crazy situational comedy are going to be sorry they plunked down $67 to see this in theaters and even if you aren’t looking for any modicum of believability in films, you’re still better off waiting for this to hit the small screen because it’s not like this is filled with angry monsters, hungry robots or angry, hungry robot monsters.

The bottom line is that there are some fun situations as Snow and Green party it up from jolly old England to the west coast of America. Most notably, Sean Combs gets to talk about mind-f’ing and Byrne’s character is shacking up with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Still, it’s all a collection of bits, glued together haphazardly into a “story” that is irrelevant not only to the audience, but seemingly the filmmakers as well.

As in previous reviews, I reiterate that comedy is super subjective and one man’s “Caddyshack” is another’s “Freddy Got Fingered”. I did crack a smile here or there and enjoyed ogling Byrne in skimpy outfits as she uttered vulgar song lyrics but trying to put it all together just didn’t work for me and I can only give “Get Him to the Greek” a 2 out of 5.