Monday, June 21, 2010
Get Him to the Greek - Movie Review
Starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Sean Combs, Rose Byrne and Colm Meaney.
Directed by Nicholas Stoller.
This isn't so much a sequel as a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where Russell Brand brings back his rockstar character Aldous Snow. This time, the protagonist is Aaron Greene (Jonah Hill, who's never looked less healthy), a music lackey who's given the task of getting Snow to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in 72 hours. Should be simple enough, right? We wouldn't have a movie if it was.
Snow is determined to show Aaron the time of his life, which means drinking, drugs and general debauchery. One too many shots of people puking for my liking. And the movie gets serious in the third act when it comes to the negative impact of Snow's lifestyle. Not easy to laugh when our of your main characters is seriously contemplating suicide toward the end.
This is co-produced by Judd Apatow, the latest king of raunchy comedy, but I must admit I'm not finding his latest projects as funny as the ones just a couple years ago. Forgetting Sarah Marshall was better. But special mention must be made of Sean "Diddy" Combs as a Machiavellian music producer. He and Tom Cruise's Les Grossman could go toe-to-toe.