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  • Jun 3, 2010
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GET HIM TO THE GREEK
Written and Directed by Nicolas Stoller
Starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elizabeth Moss and Sean Combs

In director, Nicolas Stoller’s first film, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, North American audiences were formally introduced to Russell Brand, a British comedic sensation.  Brand played rocker, Aldous Snow, the man responsible for stealing the title character from leading man, Jason Segel.  You are supposed to hate this guy considering what he did to our quite lovable protagonist but there is just something about him that keeps you from ever getting there.  Maybe it’s the seemingly uncontrollable vulgarity that flows from his mouth every time he opens it or maybe it’s just the way he struts around in his sister’s skinny jeans as if he were some sort of hyper-sexualized chicken.  Whatever it is, it works.

It works so well that Stoller decided to focus his second directorial effort, GET HIM TO THE GREEK, with Brand’s Aldous as the central character.  Aldous is now completely washed up and off the wagon once again.  There is still hope though.  Young music biz keener, Aaron Green, has decided to restage a famous concert Aldous once put on at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in order to miraculously awaken a dying music industry and save Aldous’s career.  Both are a pretty tall order but anything is possible in the crazy world of rock ‘n’ roll and Stoller is banking on you knowing that in order to buy his movie.  Aaron must get Aldous to the Greek on time but somehow, things go awry.  

As comedic as Brand and Hill are together (complimented perfectly by refreshing turns from Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss and Diddy himself, Sean Combs), GET HIM TO THE GREEK is far too stepped in convention to be truly raucous.  The jokes are crass and definitely funny but Stoller tries too hard to come up with the most outlandish rock star obstacles possible to deter them from their destination.  When they’re crazy, it’s crazy.  When they have lulls though, so do we.  With this kind of set up, you should never want the twosome to get where they’re going.  In this case, I wanted them to get there a good day earlier than they were supposed to.


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July 02, 2010
Good review, I liked "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" but it was more a dramedy than a flat out comedy "Get him to the Greek" leaned more towards comedy more and I think I like it a little better.
July 02, 2010
Both are fairly forgettable though, unfortunately.
 
June 04, 2010
Thank you for this review, Joseph! I was hoping that someone was going to add this to the community and thank you for not disappointing us! I really liked "Sarah Marshall" and that reason alone may make me see this anyway but your less than stellar rating is making me think twice. Nice review!
June 04, 2010
Thanks, man. If you liked Sarah Marshall, you will enjoy this. It is a funny film but crude humour can only go so far when the foundation is so conventional. I felt both of his films have been good but uneven.
June 04, 2010
I will definitely feature it in the community shortly! Thanks again!
 
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review by . December 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Very similar to another movie that also had Jonah Hill called Funny People. Hill must help a reckless rock star reform himself like Seth Rogen needed to help Adam Sandler. While Funny People was great, this movie is too silly and Hill is a poor leading actor.     Hill works for record excecutive Sergio (Sean Combs or whatever he is calling himself these days) and has ideas on how to revitalize the company's label. That is to go find a once famous rock star and get him to perform …
review by . July 13, 2010
Russell Brand's new comedy "Get Him to the Greek" serves up a promising story but ultimately fails to deliver. Bad Boy rocker (Brand), reprises his Aldous Snow character from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and once again reunites with its director, Nicholas Stoller. The adventure is set in motion when Aldous' record label devises a plan to revive the slumping rocker's career by bringing him to LA from London for a 10th anniversary concert at the Greek Theater. The …
review by . July 07, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
4 stars: crude, raunchy and rude
Everyone has dreams  some people dream of being a rock star and taking the world by storm, some people dream of being huge movie stars and  have fans scream there name as they walk down the carpet to the premiere of their  movie. However, for some they are just dreams and Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is no exception you see Aaron is like most people he dreams big however, his dreams never can fully come to fruition due to his place on the totem pole of life. What Aaron wants more than …
review by . September 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      A lot of directors out there have a good eye for crafting comedy. Jody Hill, director of The Foot Fist Way and Observe and Report, has a unique way of teaching us a lesson about the ugly truths of society buried beneath dark comedy. Adam McKay, one of the most in-demand comedy directors, has a way of making broader, more widely-acceptable comedies that draw in huge audiences, mainly for his affiliation with comedy icon Will Ferrell. However, my favorite filmmaker indulging …
review by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This is a movie tailored for the college kids or the college kid in all of us. If you like to party, drink, smoke, whatever, then you'll probably appreciate this film. There were parts early on in the film that were pretty slow, to me, but then the comedy picked up and we laughed a lot.      The main character in this movie is Aldous Snow who was also a character in the Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In this movie, we see Aldous as a washed up rock star, alcoholic, drug addict....basically …
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Very similar to another movie that also had Jonah Hill called Funny People. Hill must help a reckless rock star reform himself like Seth Rogen needed to help Adam Sandler. While Funny People was great, this movie is too silly and Hill is a poor leading actor.
review by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   I enjoyed this movie. I honestly thought I was going to not be entertained because I dislike Russell Brandt and I also hate Pdiddy. Both of them were actually very good though and I absolutely love the guy from Superbad as well as the girl from Mad Men. Each had their great moments of the movie which was great. The movie trailer did seem to downplay how funny the movie really was which was a good thing, because it did not show all the hilarious moments, just enough to somewhat tease …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
See review. Disappointing as Hell. Could have been soooo much better.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Funny, witty, rude, crude, raunchy and completely audacious "Get Him to the Greek" is an outrageous comedy that succeeds on every level.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
posted in Screen Gems
I really enjoyed this film! It blended humor and honest feelings together very well and I came out feeling as if I would be Aldous Snow's friend. No one needs to tell me that it is lonely at the top in a film; I have seen that story a thousand times. But, Get Him to the Greek showed me that it is possible to beat that by truly embracing who you are and what you stand for. Excellent message and some good comedy.
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Get Him to the Greek is a 2010 American comedy film written and directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. The film was released on June 4, 2010. Get Him to the Greek is a spin-off sequel of Stoller's 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, reuniting director Stoller with stars Hill and Brand. Brand reprises his role as character Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, while Hill plays an entirely new character. The film also starsElisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, and Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) releases a song about problems in Africa called "African Child." The song and music video are seen as horrible and called "the worst thing to happen to Africa since apartheid." The single seemingly ruins Snow's career, and as a result he starts drinking and doing drugs excessively once again. His girlfriend Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), with whom he had a son named Naples, also leaves him, taking custody of Naples.

Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is a driven, idealistic young college graduate who works as an intern at Pinnacle Records. He lives with his girlfriend Daphne (Elisabeth Moss), a doctor in her internship, but they do not get to see each other often due to her heavy work schedule. Pinnacle Records has lost a lot of money, so the head of the company, Sergio Roma (Sean "Diddy" Combs), asks for ideas. Green proposes to have Snow play at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for the ...
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 04, 2010
MPAA Rating: R

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