GET HIM TO THE GREEK
Mild-mannered but ambitious 24 year old Aaron Greenberg (Jonah Hill) has just landed his dream assignment. Aaron's record-mogul boss Sergio Roma (Sean Comb) is staging a comeback concert for fallen British rock-star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) at the Los Angeles Greek Theatre, as the first stop in a multi-million dollar tour and wants Aaron to escort the star from London. Aldous, who lives in his self-obsessed world with pleasures of the flesh and all things illegal, is also searching for the meaning of life - between joints, booze and sex, that is. He has never really recovered from the breakup of his relationship with raunchy singer and model Jackie Q (Rose Byrne). As the countdown begins, Aaron is up to his ears in problems getting his unco-operative, certifiable rock-star charge to the concert.
Review by Louise Keller:
Fans of Judd Apatow's brand of humour will get off on this fast-paced, rowdy and uncouth comedy about sex, drugs, rock 'n roll and vomit that heavily relies on shocking its target audience. It's Russell Brand (charismatic & crazy) and Jonah Hill (gauche & willing) teamed up again (remember Forgetting Sarah Marshall?) and they're in top form - if you like that kinda thing. A chaotic and turbo-charged ride with laughs and groans and despite its crass downmarket humour, the film has an inventive script that keeps us guessing as we scream together down the corridors of excess.
The sex? There are all kinds. There is vagina phone sex (no kidding!), mind-f**cking, dildos, hoes and skanks and a threesome. Bare bosoms, naked butts and energetic under the covers stuff.
The drugs? The (not so) discreet insertion of a small heroin bundle into an orifice at an airport is one of the film's low points. There's a search for an imaginary hotel guest called 'Heroin' and a Kubrickian 'so rock-star' scene in Vegas, where all hell breaks loose when we discover the down side of smoking a joint called The Jefferson, which includes stroking a furry wall.
The rock 'n roll? Well, there's lots of it - Russell Brand style, including an outrageous opening scene music video clip called African Child, in which Brand's Aldous Snow (wearing tight gold trousers, open shirt, bare chest, African beads and sunnies) plays out his fantasy of being a white African Anti-Christ from outer space. Rose Byrne, who is sensational in the role of Snow's singer-model ex, Jackie Q also appears in this scene, shakin' her booty. Yes, she speaks just like Brand and while she coyly flutters long, fake eyelashes, her mouth spits out expletives.
Brand steals the film, although it should be said that you need to be a fan, or he will drive you nuts. Hill is a great counter puncher as the hapless gofer Aaron Green and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) is terrific as his sleep-deprived medical intern Daphne, who rolls with the punches. Sean Combs delivers too as Sergio ('help me help you'), the capitalist record mogul whose end-game technique is hilarious. Watch out for the scene in the limo, when Green (instructed to keep his unco-operative rock-star charge sober and drug-free as he escorts him to the gig, the long way around) forces himself to skull the whisky and smoke all the dope - to 'save' his client. The vomit makes its appearance in the following scene.
First published in the Sun-Herald
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GET HIM TO THE GREEK (MA)
CAST: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, Tyler McKinney, Zoe Salmon, Lino Facioli, Lars Ulrich, Mario Lopez, Pink, Billy Bush, Kurt F. Loder, Christina Aguilera, Colm Meaney
PRODUCER: Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman
DIRECTOR: Nicholas Stoller
SCRIPT: Nicholas Stoller
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert D. Yeoman
EDITOR: William Kerr, Michael L. Sale
MUSIC: Lyle Workman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jan Roelfs
RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 17, 2010