Warning: If you can't sit 2 hours through anything with Jonah Hill or Russell Brand, don't even finish reading this review. Just hit your "back" button now and buy something else.
Get Him to the Greek is the new movie that spins-off the Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Snow is back to his hard-partying ways, and his relationship with singer Jackie Q is on the rocks. Worse, his most recent album with Infant Sorrow, African Child, is a comercial and critical bust. (The New Musical Express has dubbed it "the worst thing to happen to Africa since apartheid".)
Meanwhile, Aaron Green (Hill) works for Sergio (Sean "Puffy" Combs) at Pinnacle Records, who are looking for fresh ideas to restart the company. Hill suggests a 10th anniversary concert for Infant Sorrow at the Greek theater, to commemorate their most celebrated performance. Spin it off into a serious of reissues, live albums, and DVDs and you have a potential game changer. Sergio orders Green to get Snow to the Greek.
This sets into motion a series of events to test Green's resolve and Snow's stamina for partying. Getting Snow to the Greek is not as easy as it sounds. A notorious rock star type, Snow has no interest in doing anything besides living in the moment, even if it means missing flight after flight after flight. The plot here is not complicated, it's just a series of funny misadventures as Green desperately tries to steer Snow in the right direction. Add in a couple unnessesary side plots about the girlfriends of both main characters.
The humour of this movie is anchored by the amiable Brand, and Jonah Hill playing a less loudmouthed version of Jonah Hill, and the absolutely hilarious Combs as Sergio. It was Combs who surprised me the most, as he stole every scene he was in. I also enjoyed the celebrity cameos which I won't spoil except to say that even Sarah Marshall shows her face. I really want to spoil one cameo -- Jackie Q hooks up with somebody famous -- but I won't.
Blu-ray is fully loaded. Rated and unrated versions. Deleted scenes. Commentaries. And so on. You know the drill! Most entertaining are a series of live concert clips of Russell in character as Aldous Snow with Infant Sorrow. There are actually a whole bunch of bonus songs on the blu-ray, totally worth the purchase to have these. The big surprise was a live version of "Dracula's Lament" with Jason Segal and an understated Jack Black.
Get Him to the Greek lacks Sarah Marshall's heart, but it does lampoon rock stars and the music industry quite effectively. Luckily, Aldous Snow's love of rock and roll grounds him again, and this movie.