rating: 3.5Like Forgetting Sarah Marshall before it, director Nicholas Stoller's follow-up Get Him To The Greek is a hilarious, smart and surprisingly sweet, but continuously crude comedy that never gets boring, and knows exactly what it's doing with it's simple premise. Which is; general do-gooder, ambitious but very much a loser music exec Adam Green (Jonah Hill) has three days to escort a debauched Brit rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to the Greek Theatre in the States for a 10 year anniversary concert, amidst the distractions of Snow's train-wreck demons & vices (booze, drugs, women, etc). In other words, it's a kind of a 21st century version of Peter O'Toole's My Favourite Year. It's also, quietly and a little subtly, a celebration of the dying breed of snake-hipped, intoxicated, sex-crazed, insanely popular but they barley give a f*** British rockers like Mick Jagger. When you think about it, there isn't really a comparable Brit rock-star in 2010, and the movie does take this idea head-on and as I say, kudos for that. The nostalgia of the idea won me over, well done. Not that's it's over-bearing but I got it.
I would also say outside of Hill (who is the funniest he has ever been here with his dry tone, and reminds us why he should land more lead roles over supporting ones) the performances aren't as sharp as in the previous rom-com, and the underlining male bonding message isn't as emotionally captivating as poor Jason Segal trying to forget Sarah Marshall (who briefly reprises her role, in an intro to her new t.v. show "Blind Medicine" as a doctor who has lost her sight, by golly) but it works. Mostly. It keeps it's sense of direction better than Hot Tub Time Machine, and trumps that movie to rightfully take the crown of being this year's The Hangover. There's also real effort in the staging, and there's at least four or five comedy spoof songs about sex for Aldous, which although again, a small thing - it's a neat touch. Although, if you can't switch off your brain to believe that this music lover, who adores Aldous Snow and calls him the savior of rock-and-roll, doesn't see how ridiculously asinine his songs are (he has a song celebrating that he has 'The Clap', and one called 'Bangers, Beans and Mash') then, you might find problems with this movie. There's also something in it that I wasn't at all expecting from this movie annd that's the discovery that P. Diddy can not only act, but he is one funny motherf***ker. Who would have thought it? He steals the best gags, the best lines. And there's a full two choruses play of Dexy Midnight Runner's 1982 classic "Come on Eileen". Surely a first for cinema. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc-P8oDuS0Q Also, I never thought I would ever see Star Trek's Chief O'Brien have a foodfight with the former Puff Daddy. OH, the joy.
Get Him To The Greek is without doubt obscene and ridiculous but it gets a big pass from me. Funny movie always do. It's ok to like movies that make you laugh.