When’s it out?

Get Him To The Greek goes on general release in the UK from Friday 25th June, with previews at selected cinemas from Wednesday 23rd.

Who’s in it?

Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, Colm Meaney.

 

What’s it about?

Minor-league record executive Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) has 72 to hours to get burnt-out and drug-addled British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand, reprising his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to a chat show appearance in New York, and then on to a sold-out anniversary gig at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Havoc ensues, the full details of which it would be detrimental to reveal here.

What’s it like?

The Hangover meets My Favourite Year.

Star of the show?

Everyone involved is on pretty razor-sharp form, but the star is undoubtedly the film’s writer and director Nicholas Stoller. In addition to maintaining a furious helter-skelter pace throughout, he also manages to make the more sombre and serious moments actually resonate, and he may yet prove to be a Hollywood force to be reckoned with. Although the film is clearly born of copious improvisation, some pretty ruthless culling means that no gags are senselessly milked, and no scenes overrun. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll probably be surprised by how much material doesn’t appear in the finished film.

Biggest surprise?

 

There are several. Diddy and Rose Byrne both display a surprisingly sharp knack for comedy. The music is universally amusing, but also comes far closer than you’d expect to full-blown plausibility, and best of luck getting Aldous Snow’s hit “Let’s Get F***ed” out of your head once you’ve heard it. But perhaps most pleasingly (and appropriately) of all, the plot is as genuinely unpredictable as Aldous Snow himself.

Best bit?

It’s an extremely small moment and definitely not for everyone, but a sight gag involving a bizarre televised British sporting event is a wonderfully unexpected sidestep into outright absurdity, that easily merits a comparison with Monty Python. That aside, don’t be surprised if the sequence that takes place in a Las Vegas penthouse, set partially to the hellish strains of Come On Eileen, goes on to become regarded as something of a comedy classic.

Verdict

Far, far better than anyone could have been expecting (and superior to the somewhat sketchier Forgetting Sarah Marshall, that spawned it) Get Him To The Greek may have a broader audience appeal than any of the Judd Apatow-produced comedies yet released, and easily matches the very finest of them in overall quality. It mixes broad slapstick with some subtle character comedy and underhand satire, the characters all ring disarmingly true, and the pathos is never blunderous or saccharine.

Hit or miss?

A very palpable hit.

Watch the Get Him To The Greek trailer here…

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