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Get Him to the Greek
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10.26.2010 By: Johnny Moreno
Get Him to the Greek order
Director:
Nicholas Stoller

Actors:
Jonah Hill
Russell Brand
Rose Byrne
P. Diddy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A record company employee (Jonah Hill) has to corral wild rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) and bring him to Los Angeles' Greek Theater. Hence the title.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m still not 100% sure on whether I dug Get Him to the Greek or not. For the most part, I’m okay and willing to go along with Aaron Green (Hill) and Aldous Snow (Brand) and their ill advised adventures from London to L.A. On the other hand, I felt that a lot of the gags were forced and lacked an organic, comedic element that made a movie like Forgetting Sarah Marshall so charming. Director Nicholas Stoller, who also directed FSM, shows somewhat of the same kind vibe with this, in particular, his understanding of the Snow character and his out of control, debaucherous nature. While it would seem that a character like Aldous Snow is primed for a full length feature, there’s only so many gags this kind of character can pull off that doesn’t come across as ridiculous.

Jonah Hill though comes across a lot more reserved and constrained than in Superbad or Knocked Up. Not that he’s a complete over the top, ham it up for the screen, douchebag (depending on who you ask), but here he comes off as both hysterical and sympathetic. His hot and cold relationship with his girlfriend gives Jonah a chance to stretch his acting chops into self-loathing and pity, which is usually right there next to comedy.

In the end, I felt the story was kind of thrown together. “Where can we have these two guys go next? What kind of shenanigans should these guys get involved in next?” is the kind of structure that turned me off of the movie. Not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Throughout, I had some quality laughs, particularly with P. Diddy. Aziz Ansari is always hilarious, no matter the amount of screen time he gets. There was also a nice nod to Sarah Marshall that I thought was…..cute.

THE EXTRAS
Gag Reel

Line-O-Rama

Blind Medicine: A promo for Sarah Marshall’s new TV series - As I mentioned in my review, there's a little nod to Sarah Marshall in the form of a TV spot. And here it is!

Feature Commentary with director Nicholas Stoller, cast members Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss and producer Rodney Rothman - Watching and listening to this with the cast, director and producer actually made me enjoy the movie a lot more. We get funny anecdotes, some good natured ribbing, and plenty of factoids that made me rethink my position on the film.

Documentaries: Getting To Get Him to The Greek Documentary - We get a look at the some behind the scenes shenanigans including table reads and footage on set. Getting In Tune With The Greek Documentary looks at the music in the movie and The Making Of “African Child” Documentary revolves around Aldous Snow's horrendous song and video.

Five Complete Music Videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow and Jackie Q - Look, I like Russell Brand. But most of these features that really go "into" the character of Aldous Snow, are for the really, really, big Russell Brand fans.

Musical Performances from Infant Sorrow’s triumphant 1999 Greek Theater Concert and 2009 Comeback Concert, plus a peek at their infamous World Tour and the 2002 London Concert.

Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes including an Alternate Intro and Ending

Digital Copy

More Additional and Extended Scenes

Musical performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers -Mock interviews for the purpose of the movie. In this context, I didn't mind these so much. Like I said, I like Brand and I guess I just pick my spots with him.

Karaoke - Who doesn't like karaoke? Aside from the deaf-mute population. Here's 15 Aldous Snow songs to drunkenly sing along to.

The Actual Auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles

Instant access to stream a bonus movie by choosing one of three hilarious comedies: Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused or Life

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fans of either Jonah Hills or Russell Brand will definitely go along for the ride. That includes even casual fans. And the blu-ray delivers with plenty of laughs and cool exclusives. Russell Brand haters will just have more ammunition in their arsenal with Get Him to the Greek. I, on one hand, found it a decent enough comedy upon initial viewing but enjoyed it more once I heard the commentary. Will definitely throw this puppy on again in the future to see how it holds up.
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