Sunday, June 6, 2010

Movie Review: Get Him To The Greek

This is exactly what I expect in an R-rated comedy from producer Judd Apatow: sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and most importantly, big laughs.

The film reunites "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" director Nicholas Stoller with stars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, with Brand reprising his role as rock star Aldous Snow.

Watching this movie, I came across one main realization--Russell Brand is a superstar. "Greek" starts out a bit slow, but then Brand really comes into play. He is easily one of the funniest men on the planet and shines in his first leading role. His character, Snow, relapses into the drug world after a break-up with model/singer girlfriend Jackie Q. The way Brand mixes outlandish comedic behavior with subtle sensitivity proves he is a major talent and one of the most charismatic stars in Hollywood.

The subplot between Hill's character, Aaron Green, and his girlfriend, Daphne (played by Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men") is fairly sweet. Moss does a nice job in her supporting role and makes us believe Jonah Hill could actually find a girlfriend. But once again, the best scene involving these two also contains bed.

One of the movie's letdowns was Sean "Diddy" Combs as music mogul Sergio. He was not funny...until he was on drugs. Then he was fantastic. So it wasn't a bad performance, but most of his early jokes misfired.

This is a very funny movie, highlighted by the chemistry between Hill and Brand. But Brand really takes over the screen.

"Greek" will definitely be considered one of the year's best comedies, if not the best.

Grade: B+


  1. This sounds like something my Dear Hubby would like to see. Thanks for the mini-review. I'll pass it along for our next "night out".

  2. Ha yes, definitely seems like more of a guy movie, but plenty of females were laughing just as hard. If you haven't heard of Russell Brand, now is the time to get familiar. He's a British stand-up comedian that's a former drug-addict/lothario who's now engaged to Katy Perry (Sorry for the celebrity reference since I believe you called yourself a celeb/entertainment "putz" lol...but she has the No. 1 song in America called "California Gurls" and topped the Maxim Hot 100 list). Brand is so funny, though. I read his autobiography a couple months ago--one of the best reads. Highly recommended. Thanks for checking out my blog again. Talk to you soon!

  3. You mean, Killers is not gonna be the best comedy???????

  4. Oh Bethany, you crack me up...I do miss that sense of humor :)