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GET HIM TO THE GREEK

GET HIM TO THE GREEK

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Two years after the smash hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall, director Nicholas Stoller once again teamed up with British comic superstar Russell Brand to take another look at his character, the raunchy-yet-lovable rock-n'-roll superstar Aldous Snow. This time around, Brand steps more to the forefront of the storyline, teaming up with Jonah Hill as Hill's character (Aaron Green) tries to get Snow back to Los Angeles in time for an anniversary concert at the Greek Theater. As one can imagine, the trip from London to Los Angeles doesn't go exactly as planned; however, the hilarity that ensues makes the movie worth watching. I mean, who would want to watch a movie about a record company intern completely controlling an out-of-control musician? It would be downright boring.

Stoller wrote the screenplay and really takes the audience into the lifestyle of the no-longer sober Aldous. Rather than following along with Aaron's strict desire to do his job, Snow pulls him into the partying lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. Essentially, we watch the pair move from city to city and party to party, consuming a plethora of drugs and alcohol along the way. The film even has its serious moments, where Brand showcases that he can turn a little bit darker. It made me want to see him in a more dramatic role someday.

Unfortunately, I found that the movie did get a little too mired down in its own brooding close to the end. I understand what Stoller was going for (the aging rocker out of his prime coming to grips with the fact that he feels alone in the world), but something just didn't click with it all. Whereas Forgetting Sarah Marshall balanced the comedy and drama very well, Get Him just didn't have the same type of flow.

In terms of acting, there isn't really that much to complain about. Brand resurrects Aldous Snow in true form, and it's a delight to see him grace the screen once again. Hill plays his typical self, which is getting run a little bit dry, but his personality counters Brand well this time around. Surprisingly, Sean 'Diddy' Combs stood out with the most comedic value throughout the movie. He's not by any means a good actor, but his manic approach to the owner of a record-production company who knows how to treat his artists proved to be downright hilarious. A number of cameo appearances also add a little fun, with the likes of Aziz Ansari, Meredith Vieira, and a somewhat-random Tom Felton adding to the hilarity.

If Get Him to the Greek does anything right, it's the inclusion of some more original material from Aldous Snow's band, Infant Sorrow. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we got tastes of "We've Got to Do Something" and "Inside of You." Now that Brand is essentially the star, we get a slew of new material, highlighted by the ever-awful "African Child (Trapped in Me)," "The Clap," and "Furry Walls." In fact, nearly the entire soundtrack (available on iTunes) is comprised of songs by Infant Sorrow. Just the music makes this one worth watching.

Movie Review Summary:
Grade: B
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