Get Him to the Greek

19 Jul

Title: Get Him to the Greek
Year: 2010
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Nicholas Stoller, based on the characters by Jason Segel
Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Colm Meaney, Aziz Ansari
MPAA Rating: R, strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language
Runtime: 109 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

This film right here I loved, this is what a good R-rated raunchy comedy should be like, it should have a hilarious script, absolutely perfect performances from it’s leads and a seriously funny series of performances from its supporting cast, with one scene-stealer in place in it, and as an optional piece, have some pretty awesome cameos, Get Him to the Greek checks off every one of those categories tremendously.

This is a spin-off from the equally hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the character Russell Brand played in that film is now the main focus of this one, Kristen Bell who played the titular female in that film makes a cameo as that same character in this one and Jonah Hill who had a supporting part in that one is now a lead in this one, albeit as a different character, the pedigree is the same, too, same director, and Jason Segel and Judd Apatow as producers. So let’s check off the boxes mentioned in the paragraph above, Mr. Hill and Mr. Brand as the two incredibly funny leads, Rose Byrne and Aziz Ansari among others as the great supporting cast, with the scene-stealer slot given to a hilarious P. Diddy and cameos from quite a bit of people, including Christina Aguilera, Pharrell and Tom Felton.

This is the film that shows the world that the Judd Apatow clan is still the leader in comedy far and out, that it’s alumni are the heavy hitters of the genre and that they’re the ones that can craft the funniest of films, year in and year out. Now, for the plot: Aldous Snow, the clean and sober rock star we saw in Forgetting Sarah Marshall is close to a relapse into his wild partying days, and  it’s the job of a completely regular and square guy from the record company, played by Jonah Hill, to fly to London and in three days get Aldous to New York for a scheduled appearance at The Today Show and then to Los Angeles for a performance at the Greek Theatre. What ensues from there is, as you might so very correctly guess, hilarity. And yes, the songs Aldous sings are just as funny as they were in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I got my soundtrack a while ago.

The situations Aldous and Aaron are put into are comedic gold, the lines they deliver are delivered with the perfect timing and performance by Russell Brand, who seems to be playing a version of himself, and by Jonah Hill, who is my favorite Apatow alumni after Jason Segel, the writer and lead actor in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and, like I said, a producer in this one. And this one is, like all other films from the Apatow school of comedy, is a perfect mix of bawdiness with all the sweetness that’s always there but that becomes notorious usually during the final act of the films, and that works because both Hill and Brand are terrific performers and, I would assume, like each other in real-life too, because their chemistry was incredible and believable and you really can’t fake that, and it’s the sweetness in these films that ultimately end up making them the successes they are, not just the raunchy humor, language and behavior.

I thank whatever deity is the latest trend nowadays for the Apatow gang, the fact that Jonah Hill and Russell Brand are today’s leading men making cash is something great, and the fact that comedy films are so damn funny again is mostly thanks to them, as well, but if the Apatow gang is to thanks somebody for making this film so damn memorable neither Hill nor Brand should be getting the gift basket, Sean P. Diddy Combs should, he’s just too much in this one.

Grade: A-

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