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Release Date: June 4th, 2010
Starring: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, and Sean Combs
Written by Nicholas Stoller
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Rated R (strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language)
What you did was very spiteful, but it was also very brave and very honest and I respect you for doing that. But the content of what you said has made me hate you. So there's a layer of respect, admittedly, for your truthfulness, but it's peppered with hate. Hateful respect. -Aldous Snow
It appears that the Judd Apatow train is leaving the station. The once popular producer who gave us The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up has finally run his course. Don't get me wrong, I like most of the Apatow movies, but the formula was getting old. So were the jokes. This is why Get Him to the Greek surprised me. It has the same dirty jokes and sweetness, but Russell Brand elevates the comedy.
You may remember Brand's character, Aldous Snow, from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This time Snow is the focus of the movie. He has just released an album called African Child. During the very funny opening, we see how African Child destroys Snow's career. The critics are very harsh, saying that African Child is the worst thing to happen to Africa, behind racism and famine.
Snow needs a life saver and he finds it in Aaron Green, played by Jonah Hill. Green has the idea of doing an anniversary show of Snow's biggest concert. Green's boss Sergio, played by a very funny Sean "Diddy" Combs, approves the idea and sends Green off to pick up Snow and get him to the Greek theater, for the show, in three days.
There are a few breakouts here that I think need to be mention. The first being Brand. I know that he has been in other movies and has some big roles on the way, but he kills it here. He is the main reason you should see this movie. He is funny even when he isn't trying to be. Basically, he is one of the few comedians that make it looks easy to be funny.
Get Him to the Greek really surprised me. The Apatow movies haven't been that great as of late and I feared that this would be one of them. What I found was a very funny and somewhat sweet movie that loses its edge about fifteen minutes before it ends. Up until that point Greek delivers.