Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Get Him to the Greek

"Is there a bathroom here at the Today Show?"

Somehow this movie actually manages to surpass the movie it spun off from by being funnier, crazier and casting Colm Meaney. Even more surprising is that it actually wound up with a certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes - earning a solid 73%.

The plot, as simplistic as it may be, is for wannabe music promoter Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) to somehow get drugged up alcoholic rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from his home in England to the Greek Theater in L.A in just 48 hours. As you may expect nothing goes according to plan and the situation quickly spirals out of control. Will they get to the Greek in time for the concert? Tune in to find out.

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand really shine on screen together. In this movie Hill plays the straight man to Brand's psychotic, impulsiveness, and it works really well. I look forward to some behind the scenes, gag reel type stuff on the DVD because I'm sure it will be a riot. The movie also has a terrific cast in the supporting roles. Of particular note is Sean Combs, who delivered some of the most memorably funny moments in the movie as record executive Sergio Roma. Watch out for a drug induced scene in which Aaron Green sees floating disembodied Sergio Roma heads floating around the screen - priceless. Finally I have to give a shout out for Colm Meaney who plays Johnathan Snow (Aldous's father). I love seeing Colm Meaney on screen again, good old Smiley O'brien back in action.

This movie ought to be in a two pack with The Hangover. It rattles along at a rate of knots, never pausing to catch its breath. If you're looking for a fun movie to watch on a Friday night, you really can't go wrong with this one. If you're looking for something a little more intellectual, this isn't it. I indicated that it actually surpasses Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and I stand by that. I understand that this is a different kind of movie, its not meant to have the emotional impact of its predecessor, but none the less I just feel like it was a more entertaining and enjoyable experience (at the movie theater anyway, I make no predictions for the DVD). Just make sure you know what you're getting into, the story is just about as drug fueled as the main character and the pacing is extremely fast. The characters bounce from one outlandish (and potentially offensive) situation to the next so if you don't find that kind of thing amusing, this movie is not for you - otherwise you'll at least get a chuckle out of it. 

I know that this review comes a little late and I don't know if you'll still be able to catch a showing at your local multiplex, but if you can you should definitely check it out - Get Him to the Greek is absolutely worth your time.

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