Get Him to the Greek (2010)

(6/4/10; Comedy)
Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs, Colm Meaney
SCR/DIR: Nicholas Stoller
MPAA: R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language.
1 hour 49 mins
BOX: $60,974,475

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)


Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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