Director Nicholas Stoller is known for Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a movie that, while receiving fair mention, is one that I have not seen. Regardless, he also wrote the screenplay to Yes Man and Fun with Dick and Jane, two somewhat mediocre movies. I mention all for for no real reason, just so you have a sense of who we’re dealing with. Between all his movies, Get Him to the Greek is definitely Stoller’s swan song, but I’m not sure if that’s saying a whole lot. I’m not saying the movie was bad, because it certainly wasn’t, I’m simply making an observation that it could have been better.
Get Him to the Greek is more than just a comedy, it’s more than just a buddy flick, and it’s more than a ripe old tale of finding out what’s truly important in life. In fact, it’s a combination of all three…and more. I found the first 3/4 of the movie to be pretty darn hilarious. The cast members were all perfect for the parts given to them. Jonah Hill, who has started to make quite the name for himself after starring alongside Michael Cera in Superbad gives a hysterical performance, as the mild-mannered record-company intern who is forced to bring out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow, played by Russell Brand, to L.A.’s Greek Theater. The combination of such characters is a classic recipe for success, as their differing personalities continually forces them into ludicrous situations and often cause them to clash.
Russell Brand as a British rocker is pretty perfect. The role might as well have been especially crafted for him, seeing as he takes it and utterly makes it his. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was watching the documentary of a real life person; he’s just that convincing. Puff Daddy also makes numerous appearances as Hill’s boss, showing that he too can be funny, something that I honestly did not expect. All these characters play off another in the most hilarious of ways and it’s great when actors can do that, connecting and working with the other’s strengths.
The entire movie is one outrageous fiasco never letting up for a minute, which when all is said and done, is a rather good thing. Unfortunately, as the film reaches its climax, things start to go downhill. After a while it becomes very clear that the movie is not entirely sure how it should end or what the overall feeling should be. There are some dramatic scenes, but I found them to be fairly unnecessary. Additionally, the audience is brought into Aldous Snow’s personal life, in perhaps what was an attempt to humanize him, making him more than just a rocker who does drugs and gets drunk as often as possible. Yet this also didn’t need to happen; learning about Snow is relatively pointless. There’s the dynamic between Snow and his father, that while amusing, never gets resolved and so we’re left wondering about what happened to that whole story arc.
The ending to any movie is important, as there should be a sense of catharsis. Though with all the emotions that are thrown in your face, it’s difficult to analyze how you should be feeling once the credits have rolled. And so while most of the movie was completely satisfying, there remained a nagging sense in the back of my mind as I left the theater, a sense that someone failed to make the movie as good as it should’ve been. Even so, Get Him to the Greek is downright funny movie, one that’ll be sure to put a smile on your face.