Get Him To The Greek


Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Written by:Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney, Sean Combs, Elizabeth Moss
Released: June 17, 2010
Grade: B

I didn’t realise it from the title but Get Him To The Greek is a spin-off from the great 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  If you had the chance to see it, you might remember that Sarah Marshall dumped her boyfriend Peter and hooked up with a famous rock star named Aldous Snow.  It’s Aldous (played again by Russell Brand) who is the focus of this new film.

Unfortunately, things aren’t going to well in the career of Aldous Snow.  He was once a heavyweight within the music industry but it all fell apart following the release of his controversial single called “African Child”.  The song was described by one critic as “the worst thing to happen to Africa since apartheid”.

It’s been exactly ten years since Snow performed one of his most famous concerts – a sell out performance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.  Aaron Green (Hill), a young intern at Pinnacle Studios, thinks it would be great if Snow performed a similar show to relaunch his career.  His boss (Combs) gives him the all clear and Green has 72 hours to pick Snow up from London, get him to a Today Show appearance in New York, and then be in Los Angeles for the concert.

It proves to be a much more difficult assignment that Aaron imagined.  All Snow wants to do is drink and party.  Given that the insecure Aaron has idolised Snow and his music since a child, he finds it very difficult to stand up to Snow and be authoritative.  What then follows is a series of crazy events involving everything from drug “smuggling” to large dildos.

There’s some funny stuff in this movie but it’s not as good as Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Some of the best scenes involve Snow and his ex-girlfriend (played by Australian Rose Byrne).  The highlight was seeing these two characters interviewed for a television show about the failure of African Child.

On the flip side, I think that some jokes were pretty flat.  Instead of coming up with witty dialogue, the script relies on gross-out moments instead (such as the drug smuggling incident).  I know plenty of people who will still find this humorous but I was expecting a little more.

As for the storyline, I felt it was a little weak.  It begins well but it’s struggling by the time we get to the sentimental third act.  Rose Byrne’s character fades into oblivion and I was bored by the subplot involving Aaron and his girlfriend (Moss).

Get Him To The Greek has had some positive early reviews but as I’ve learned over the years, everyone has a different sense of humour.  Some will love it, some will hate it and the rest will fall somewhere in between.  I think I’m smack-bang in the middle.