Get Him to the Greek – Nicholas Stoller
ANOTHER SEQUEL! WOO! Oh wait, it’s not. It’s a spinoff, which I’ll allow, considering it’s from a film that i really loved, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Get Him to the Greek stars the British lothario Russell Brand and the hilarious Jonah Hill who take the character Aldous Snow from the original film and place him a series of hijinks along the way with famous cameos and strange characters. Ranging from P Diddy, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Kristen Schaal, Kristen Bell, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mario Lopez, Pharrell, Lara Ulrich and some other random faces too. Sure having all of these people be involved in the film gives it the feel that it revolves around music and entertainment and it’s a culturally representative movie but i feel only a couple of cameos work. P Diddy strangely nearly steals the show as the stranger, over-the-top CEO of a music company who forces Jonah Hill’s character to “look after” Aldous Snow. The songs that were made for the film are ranging from laugh out loud funny to just a bit flat on the joke, towards the end, the songs get better and you will find yourself either humming the tune afterwards for a few days or you’ll have some of the lyrics stuck in your head and will try to teach other people how the song goes.
The rock star Aldous Snow, after having a horrible turn in his career releasing an album that offended a lot of people and didn’t sell that well, he turns to alcohol and heavy partying, meanwhile Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) and a few other thinkers join Sergio Roma (P Diddy), the head of Pinnacle Records who need new ideas to generate money otherwise they will cease to exist. Aaron gives the idea of having Infant Sorrow play the Greek Theatre in LA because of the 10th anniversary of the band playing there. The idea sticks and Aaron is forced to go find Snow and bring him to the theatre in time. But of course, this is a comedy film, and that simple task can’t just happen. Along the way the two of them party, they fuck many women, they partake in different drugs, and they go to different interviews, see old friends and family members they haven’t seen before in years and many other stories. The places the story goes is somewhat mysterious and it makes it exciting to see where it will go next, but i feel some of the jokes don’t work as well as in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where i could watch that film over and over again and still laugh at some of the jokes.
It’s a solid film showing off Brand’s humour which does well to make him bigger in the world of film, and with Jonah Hill, the relationship is great, very funny. It’s not as good as Forgetting Sarah Marshall or Knocked Up but still funny.