Get him to the Greek
Touted as being the sequel to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall“, this movie follows a fallen hard core rocker, Aldus Snow (Brand), and a hapless yet rising record company employee, Aaron Green (Hill), as they make their way to a return to form concert in Los Angeles. Along the way Snow leads a very naive Green through the seedy underworld of Rock Stardom. Queue sex, drugs and rock n roll.
Throw in a background plot of family values, and couples coming to terms with their own roles in the grand scheme of things, you get yourself a very interesting little flick.
Joined with a cast of well known cameo apperances, including Sean Combs as a record company owner, this movie promised endless laughs.
But did it… What did our review team think..
I’ve seen a few movies that have left me feeling like I feel I am now. Not many, I might even count them on one hand … Well, maybe two hands. Movies that make you ache for the end credits, but when they finally arrive its not relief you feel but guilt and shame, and a desire to spend time with your soap on a rope or Timotei for those of you who have sea views.
Yeah.. there were a number of times you wished you were not sitting in the middle of the row on this one.
If I was to list all of the dodgy material here and now, you might think I was having a laugh, or at least trying to have one. But that actually sums the movie up. Just one massive list of the grubbiest stuff you can think of just one after each other, or more often enough at the same time, over and over and over again for two hours straight. Gone are the days of toilet humor. Those are the breather moments in this, It should have been named An Endurance in Nasty.
I look back at it now and think the moments of laughter where out of relief as much as anything. As none of the characters wear likable, nothing they did was-..just none of it was like able.
You know there were great moments of comic relief in this movie. Usher Pharrell (oops got that one wrong) and Sean sparring off over how gansta a pink shirt is classic and a very funny, if not somewhat disturbing, scene where everyone is fighting and struggling to come to terms with an extremely bad drug overdose. But when i really think about it, there was far too few actually very funny scenes for me. Too few. And far too many times i thought “Really? thats funny? wow..”
The funniest parts of this movie were often delivered by the supporting actors, and those playing themselves. There seemed to be far too few big laughs from the main characters.
The only redeeming thing about it is, if you want to wreck a relationship, take your partner to see this. They will walk out, never to be seen again, but if they don’t and find this hysterical, you need to leave them.
1 point for technical proficiency and 1 point for showing up for work
If you loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall then you will like this. If your looking for a great laugh and are ok with a bit of innuendo then you may possibly be interested in this one, but it really does push well past the innuendo level at the speed of light so be warned.
But hey at the end of the day its an extremely comical attempt to portray Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll. It doesn’t assault the senses, it takes them apart, stamples on them in a dirty public bathroom and then feeds them to the pigs. You may need a Priest handy after this one.
Reviewed by: Urbankiwi & The MovieSlayer
Released: 17th June 2010
Rating: R16 – Drugs, Sex, Violence… fairly much anything goes here.. its rock n roll..
Duration: 109 minutes
Starring: Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Sean Combs, Dee Snyder
Director: Nicholas Stoller