“Get Him to the Greek”
a review by Darby O’Gill

When I first heard about Get Him to the Greek, I thought it looked like it could be fun, but I also thought that Russell Brand looked like he was just playing the same type of character that he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Little did I realize at the time, that that’s exactly what he was doing, because Get Him to the Greek is a sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall… well of sorts. It’s 10 years later, and indy rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) finds his career in a bit of a slump, and you could even say quickly finding himself becoming an irrelevant joke. But when Aaron Green (Jonah Hill), a young up and coming music executive, suggests a 10 year anniversary show of Aldous Snow’s Infant Sorrow performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, it quickly becomes his responsibility to transport Snow from the London to L.A. in 72 hours. Here’s the part that doesn’t make any sense to me, Jonah Hill is not playing the same character that he played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I’m not really sure why that is, because he could have quite easily been the same character, and I think it would have added a lot more charm to the movie if he had. I went into this movie thinking he was the same character and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why they were acting like they had never met before. I mean it makes sense that Snow wouldn’t remember the waiter from 10 years ago, but why wouldn’t the waiter bring it up? I understand that the waiter that Hill played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was a little over the top, but with the story taking place 10 years later, writer/director Nicholas Stoller could have easily made it work. The waiter had a demo tape in the first movie which would already establish him being interested in the music industry, so half the work is already done right there. I just don’t get it.

The other huge problem with this movie is that it’s an editor’s nightmare. It’s all over the place! Half the stuff that is in the trailer is nowhere to be found in the movie. There’s even a scene in the movie that only makes sense if you’ve seen the first part of the scene in the trailer, and I’m sorry but that should never happen. To top it all off, the one joke that made me laugh the hardest in the trailer isn’t even in the final cut. And after seeing the movie, I would still have to say that it’s my favorite moment of the movie, and it’s not even in the movie! How can that be?! I would have to think that it is largely to do to the amount of improvisation that is clearly running rampant through out the film. I think it’s safe to say that the deleted scenes on the DVD will have a much longer running time than the actual feature film. The best way to describe the chaos of Get Him to the Greek is like that of a Saturday Night Live skit. At times it goes on for too long, and then at times it feels too rushed. And much like SNL, there were parts of the movie that really made me laugh, and others that just seemed to be going through the motions. But over all it feels like a bunch of funny moments and ideas that are just strung together in the hopes that they’ll work in the end. Which is clearly why the trailer and movie are nothing alike, because the person putting together the trailer clearly found some moments funnier than others, and the director ended up not using them at all. Like I said it’s an editor’s worst nightmare.

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