Review by: Christopher Haskell
July 5, 2010

Russell Brand is truly a rock star. Plain and simple. If Russell Brand crossed over to the music industry, I would buy his music. (1) I am already going to buy this soundtrack and (2) especially if Jason Segel still writes the music. The reason “Get Him to the Greek” works so well is that I buy the characters. Brand is the absolute perfect iconic rock star and honestly becomes the character of Aldous Snow, lead singer of Infant Sorrow, reprises from the film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Reason number one for bringing Aldous back: Because this was the role Brand was born to play.

Jonah Hill brings his “A” game as Aaron Green, an intern at Pinnacle record label under the direction of Sergio, played by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Do not worry, Diddy knocks this role out of the park. Diddy is worth every second, whether he is coaching Green on how to “mind-f**k” the talent or getting high off “Geoffrey” and getting nailed by traffic. Hill’s in-tune-ness with his character brings him into one of the best roles of his career thus far. With his facial expressions and unexpected outbursts, Hill awkwards it up with the best of them, reminding me of a young Chris Farley.

Judd Apatow is becoming synonymous with great comedic films. Though not directing this film, he is credited as the producer and aligns his name with yet another fantastic comedy. Disregard certain nonsensical portions of the film and the fact that Jonah Hill does not reprise his original role as the Hawaiian resort concierge and you are guaranteed to laugh until you cry (at least I did… both times I saw it) and leave the theater longing to follow your own dreams. Do not sell “Get Him to the Greek” completely as a raunchy comedy, though it is also that, the film has heart. The overall morale of the film speaks volumes and unlike most comedies, the characters evolve right before your eyes, appearing real and sincere. The story is such a basic tale of a means to an end, but the ride is worth the journey.

June 4, 2010

Nicholas Stoller

Nicholas Stoller

Characters by Jason Segel

Universal Pictures

$40 million

(for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language)

109 minutes


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