GET HIM TO THE GREEK (15)
D: Nicholas Stoller
Universal / Relativity Media / Spyglass (Judd Apatow, Joshua Blake, David Bushell, Rodney Rothman & Nicholas Stoller)
US 🇺🇸 2010
W: Nicholas Stoller [based on characters created by Jason Segel]
DP: Robert Yeoman
Ed: William Kerr & Michael Sale
Mus: Lyle Workman
Russell Brand (Aldous Snow), Jonah Hill (Aaron Green), Elisabeth Moss (Daphne Binks), Rose Byrne (Jackie Q), Sean Combs (Sergio Roma), Aziz Ansari (Matty Briggs)
Get Him To The Greek is loose sequel to 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, with Russell Brand reprising the character of Aldous Snow, a free-spirited rock star whose career has taken a tumble following the disastrous release of his “African Child” record.
Jonah Hill (who was also in Forgetting Sarah Marshall as a completely different character) plays music executive Aaron Green, who is given the thankless task of escorting Aldous Snow to a concert at Los Angeles’ famed Greek Theater, all while trying to keep the flamboyant rock singer off the booze & hard drugs.
Whilst I really enjoyed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I always felt that the inclusion of the Aldous Snow character was one of parody & resulted in Russell Brand practically playing a fictionalised version of himself. I never felt once that this character needed its own movie, as all that could have been done with that character had already been done.
The comedy on display here is mostly improvised, pretty standard when you consider Judd Apatow served as producer, but there’s one or two amusing lines of dialogue and though it’s reasonably entertaining, the non-linear opening serves the story no real purpose at all.