First Night Flicks: Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs
Rated R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language.

Be honest: when you attend a film, you already know how you think you’ll feel about it at the end before it even starts. You’ve either chosen something that’s peaked your interest and you hope to like, or you’ve been dragged to something that you’re pretty sure is going to be horrendously bad and you’re dreading every moment. I’m no different, and I fully expected Get Him to the Greek to be horrible. To make matters worse, about an hour before the film started, after I had already had my ticket ripped and was in my seat, a migraine started, and I didn’t have any painkillers on me. Now I was being forced to sit in a dark theater having bright images flashed in front of my eyes with the threat of loud peals of laughter emanating from theatergoers with less discerning senses of humor all while it felt like someone was stabbing my brain and eyes repeatedly.

I tell you, my readers, of this so that when I also tell you that for two hours, I was thoroughly entertained and laughed so much I almost forgot about the pain in my head, you will feel the full weight of my words. Get Him to the Greek had me laughing so loud and so often that I spent the majority of the film holding my head, since each fit of laughter only added to the intensity of the migraine. And I didn’t care.

A spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Get Him to the Greektells a simple story of record company employee Aaron Green (Hill) who is tasked with escorting notorious Infant Sorrow frontman Aldous Snow (Brand) from London to Los Angeles for an anniversary concert at the Greek Theatre. Along the way, Green must deal with pressure from Sergio (Combs), the head of the record company, relatioship issues with Daphne (Elisabeth Moss), his long-term girlfriend and Snow’s off-the-wagon, self-destructive, erratic behavior that throws everything into jeapordy.

The film does tend to get overly ridiculous at points, but the cast never lets on that they’re aware that film could go off the rails at any moment. They are fully committed to their roles and believe in the absurd situations in which they find their characters, which, at times, is the only thing keeping the audience from losing their suspension of disbelief. Brand gives us the out of control Snow he hinted at in Marshall, but never loses that cool charisma that forgives most of the indignities he thrusts upon poor Aaron Green. Sean Combs is suprisingly funny as the record company mogul who initially rejects Aaron’s idea for the anniversary concert, but eventually relents. He’s a smart customer, though, and is fully aware that he throwing Aaron to the wolves. The standout from the supporting cast, however, is Rose Byrne as Aldous’ on-again-off-again girlfriend, British pop star Jackie Q. Fans of TV’s “Damages” have most likely never seen her like this: glammed up, raunchy and brilliantly funny.

Don’t let the trailer for this film deter you from going to see it. Very little of what’s in the trailer is actually in the film, so the best jokes have yet to be shown to the potential audience. Maybe that was an intentional strategy to lower expectations for this film, maybe not, but this is the film I wanted it to be when it was first announced: funny, offensive and gross, with songs I’m still singing to myself.

Get Him to the Greek made me wish Infant Sorrow were a real band so I could see them in concert. Any band that can get a crowd of New Yorkers to cheerfully claim to have the clap is a must-see in my book.

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