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  • I would say I prefer this movie to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and rank it as one of the better comedies of 2010

    • by Nick Addison
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      I’ll say right up front that I don’t much care for Russell Brand, and although his performance as British rock star Aldous Snow in 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” was a good and humorous counterpoint to sad-sack lead Jason Segel, in general I find him sort of irritating-his hosting gig on SNL recently is a good example, although that might also be due to the abysmal writing on that particular episode. But

      “Get Him To The Greek” finds Brand reprising the Snow role opposite Jonah Hill-a comic actor who I DO think is usually pretty decent, and the balance between the two character types (basically, wild man/straight man) works pretty well…enough to override or at least distract from Brand’s more annoying antics at any rate.

      There’s not a terrible amount of depth to this comedy, but the frenetic pace and non-stop jokes make up for this for the most part. The subject matter is essentially a send-up of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle crossed with a buddy/road movie, so most of the humor stems from Hill first being starstruck and then horrified as his idol, Aldous Snow, engages in an ever-worsening spiral of self-destruction as they travel to an anniversary show in L.A.

      The jokes mostly land as a result of Hill’s character being so ...


      woefully unprepared for the kind of crazy drug abuse and hard partying Snow is used to, and how easily he’s tempted into the same indulgence. Add a lot of funny cameos (the obvious one is Sean “Diddy” Combs as Hill’s record company boss, but personally my favorite is Hill telling economist Paul Krugman, “my dad loves your shit”), a well rockin’ soundtrack comprised both of classics and original tunes by Brand’s
      fictional outfit, Infant Sorrow, and the product is a thoroughly entertaining romp through just about every absurdist take on the rock life you could come up with. Beyond lampooning this world in general, there are some nice jabs at the nature of modern celebrity and pop culture as well. I would say I prefer this movie to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and rank it as one of the better comedies of 2010.




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