GET HIM TO THE GREEK
Brand reprises his Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) role as Aldous Snow, a shallow, narcissistic rock star still smarting over the response to a self-indulgent album called African Child. Enter Hill, a nebbishy record exec assigned to deliver the rocker to his comeback gig.
Greek is a road movie from producer Judd Apatow so you can expect it to soften into a “bromance” by the end. But for the first hour, it’s a riotous satire of the music industry and celebrity culture, with the funniest opening sequence I’ve seen in ages. Meaney is great as Snow’s father; Diddy steals almost every scene he’s in as the CEO of the record company.
A subplot with Hill and his girlfriend seems almost needless until it reaches an, um, awkward conclusion. A little more of that initial anarchistic spirit would have gone a long way. (Universal)
— DENNIS WILLIS