By Da’Mon Guy
Get Him to the Greek isn't “knock your socks off funny” but it is a really good movie that is highlighted by some good comedic performances. Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshal, Bedtime Stories), Jonah Hill (Superbad,), Sean “P. Diddy” Combs (A Raisin in the Sun, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power) and Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Con Air) all take part in the comical debauchery known as Get Him to the Greek.
Get Him to the Greek is a story about an aspiring music executive, Aaron Green, (Hill) who has 72 hours to bring ex-rock great, Aldous Snow (Brand) from London to Los Angeles. Aaron devises a plan to resurrect the former superstar to a comeback concert known as the Greek music fesitval. Along the way, Green has a multitude of challenges that stand in his way including Snow himself.
The movie is highlighted by some really good comedic performances. Jonah Hill and Russell Brand are really good on screen together. Their performances compliment each other extremely well. Brand as the outrageous, over the top musician and Hill as the struggling exec just trying to do his job make for a great contrast in style reminiscent to Abbott and Costello in appearance. No where near the level of talent but it was very remindful. Sean “P Diddy” Coombs makes a great addition to the cast as the manic music mogul, Sergio. Coombs performance was one of the better parts of the movie as the manic music producer. His constant beleaguering of his entire staff, especially Aaron, were some of the best scenes in the movie. His concept of “mind fucking” was hilarious.
Most of the comedy is hit or miss. Either the scene is very funny or it won’t garner a chuckle. It then leaves you with a blank face and a clueless feeling. The scenes that are funny, however, are very funny. They make the movie worth watching and they make up for the scenes that are lacking. Many of the funnier scenes are very raunchy, sometimes even over the top, but they make for plenty of laughs as Green and Snow race through loads of booze and party after party on their way to the concert.
Get Him to the Greek is full of subtle messages that may go understated or even missed as this is a comedy but the messages are true and clear. The movie confronts the issues of the rock star lifestyle, love, suicide, and family. The rock star lifestyle appeals to most. The partying, the women, and the money. But in Get Him to the Greek we are shown first hand the negatives of the lifestyle. Despite being very rich and famous, Aldous Snow has no friends and is very lonely. The rock star life is a lot of glitz but no substance. He is extremely lonely, most of the relationships he maintains is very superficial, even the one with his mother. Aaron craves more excitement in his life. He is in a subtle, loving relationship but craves for some the partying that goes along with the music world. He soon finds out that the glamour and glitz of being a star isn’t all it appears to be.
Get Him to the Greek is very enjoyable. The comedy is rich and genuine. Although it isn’t anything new or innovative it makes for good viewing. The performances by its main stars are enough to make the movie good despite its lack of originality. The lyrics to Aldous Snow’s songs are hilarious. Watching Russell Brand perform the Clap and African Child are enough to warrant the viewing time alone. Throw in the outrageous performance by P Diddy and we have the combination for some really humerous entertainment.