The Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin off, Get Him to the Greek, is a scatter shot of randomness and hilarious that is a tad disjointed but more than makes up for any awkwardness with some great humor from its three leads.
The film picks up sometime after Sarah Marshall’s timeline, Aldous Snow is no longer sober and is a menace/laughing stock of the music scene after his band Infant Sorrow’s offensive album knocked them out of the seemingly deserved spot light. Enter Aaron, a low on the totem poll member of Aldous’ record company who suggests to his irate and frustrated boss Sergio that they should do an anniversary show of Infant Sorrow’s legendary performance at the Greek Theater in an attempt to make the company some money again. Aldous agrees and Aaron, after a seeming break up with his girlfriend, is dispatched to England to make sure Aldous shows up on time and sober to LA for the concert.
And that is all the plot you really need to know and the plot kind of goes out the window from here anyway. What follows is almost a series of mishaps, adventures, and foible vignettes as the two sex, drug, and rock n’ roll their way back to LA. From London, New York City, Vegas, and LA the supposed to be two day trip is drug out to the max and getting to the concert on time is put into jeopardy time and time again.
The humor is random, broad, and crazy at times and both Russell Brand and Jonah Hill dive headfirst into the fun of it all. They gags stoop lower than you would expect and the depravity only fuels the humor at times as the two leads continue their wonderful chemistry, though completely different, from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Brand’s Snow is smart, quick witted, and a travesty to those around him. Pushing them to do things you would never imagine Hill’s adoring Aaron is a play thing for the egotistical Snow who has no problem pushing the underling around.
The direction of the film never really surprises you but the humor is solid from start to finish; with moments of brilliance mixed in every so often. Director Nicholas Stoller could have trimmed up a couple scenes here and there, but at the same time I can easily imagine his struggle to pick out and trim down everything he should have as you can tell him and his cast are having a blast making this film.
Speaking of the cast, it is great all around. Brand is fantastic as Snow again but don’t expect yourself to warm up to him if you didn’t like him in Marshall. There is more of him and he gets even crazier which is great for fans of the character and probably annoying to everyone else. Hill is playing the straight man in Aaron but he gets plenty of fun scenes and insanity to play with as Aaron is easily corrupted by Snow. Rose Byrne is smoking hot as Snow’s ex and her moments with Brand are actually quite sweet as there is a decent romantic undercurrent hiding way under the insanity for both of the male leads. Elisabeth Moss displays some comedy chops as Aaron’s girlfriend and she seems to fit right in with some of these seasoned comedians. The film is also full of a number of inspired cameos but Sean Combs might be the best thing about this movie. Puffy is hilarious and psychotic as Sergio and he goes toe to toe improve wise with Hill and Brand who are two of the sharpest in the business. To spoil the silly brilliance of his performance would be a disservice but don’t let Combs’ appearance in the film deter you from seeing it as he continues to show that he can be a quality actor on the big screen.
In the end, Get Him to the Greek is a winning comedy that rarely drops a note and clips along at a fine pace. If anything it is a tad bloated and too disjointed but it is still and enjoyable comedy that supplies plenty of laughs. Fans of Brand will love what he gives you here, with a surprising amount of range as well, and the supporting cast does great work as well. Hill shows he can co-carry a film and I have an odd feeling we haven’t seen the end of these characters quite yet if the film does well.
Get Him to the Greek is a B