The Funky Q’ Review is where I talk about films or TV shows that I happened to have missed when they originally came out. They also could be direct-to-dvd or even streaming. Anything that’s not currently airing or in the theaters will show up here for my viewing pleasure, and hopefully yours.
Moving up in my queue is the funny, raunchy comedy starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand – GET HIM TO THE GREEK. The term GREEK in the title refers to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, where Hill’s character Aaron Green has to get wild rock star Aldous Snow to perform a tribute concert to his career. Sean Combs (P. Diddy) is Aaron’s rich producer boss – Sergio Roma – who tells Aaron that this is his big chance to make it in the music industry. It’s a challenge for Aaron because Snow is drug smokin’ British rock-n-roller whose career is waning after the failed album African Child, which was said to be the third worst thing to happen to Africa, next to War and Famine.
When I saw the ads for the film a few years ago, I was definitely interested. I haven’t seen Jonah Hill fail to deliver a quality piece of comedy yet, with that blank dumb-founded look he’s known for. I also liked Brand’s laid back rambling sense of humor that he showed as Aldous Snow in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHELL. For a minute, I thought the character of Aaron Green was the waiter from Marshall, but this was some alternate Jonah Hill reality.
Initially, I figured this was another ‘one man’s journey’ film, with Green going thru hell to get Snow to the concert in time. But it was actually a ‘Buddy Story’ with Aaron and Aldous forming a friendship through the movie. ’GREEK’ had its silly, non-sense moments, but emotionally, it carried some weight. Both Hill and Brand’s characters reached some kind of heart felt crisis at certain points. But, as in all buddy films. the characters ended up supporting each other, but not in so gushy a way that it spoiled the film. I wouldn’t say it got slow at all, but the real storytelling didn’t allow for gag after gag for 2 hours (which would have been annoying).
GET HIM TO THE GREEK was written and directed by Nicholas Stoller, with the characters created by Jason Segel. Rose Byrne played Snow’s wife Jackie Q, and Elisabeth Moss played Aaron’s girlfriend Daphne. I would say this was a little better than SARAH MARSHELL, maybe almost as good as SUPERBAD.
In the tradition of a ‘Judd Apatow’ like production (he was one of the producers) I will give GET HIM TO THE GREEK 3.5 out of 5 COSMIC AFROS.