Monday, June 7, 2010

Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek is an anomaly. It's the first non-comic spin off movie in quite a while. I really can't think of any offhand (but I'm sure there are some / one). Taking a character who stole some scenes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and putting him front and center was a risky choice. But I do think it is successful more than not.

In this tale, Aldus Snow, lead singer of Infant Sorrow has made his worst album, gotten divorced and fallen off the wagon. But a record exec looking to make a name for himself has suggested to his boss that Infant Sorrow should put on a 10th anniversary show at the famous Greek Theater. To be honest, when I first saw the title of the movie I thought they were going to have to get him to the head of the mob, or something. Never having been to L.A. I am oblivious.

The movie is super raunchy. That could have been guessed since it falls under the Apatow producing umbrella. But for two thirds of a movie it is also really funny. Not necessarily super quotable, but there are laughs. Sean Combs does his best to steal the show, the same way Russell Brand did in FSM. The smartest thing Puffy does is to act deadly serious while delivering his lines.

The third act makes the expected turn into the emotional, leaving the jokes behind. It's a choice that some feel gives it that Apatow comedy heart, I think it doesn't ring true. I'm not saying a rock star shouldn't learn a lesson, but all the filth you just showed us, I don't think the audience would blame you if we ended the movie and he didn't learn a single lesson. Our relatable character is supposed to be Aaron Green, the record exec played by Jonah Hill. So, you have the right to do whatever you want with Aldus Snow. But they went another direction.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?
Yes. There must be tons of extra comedy that didn't make the final cut that would be worth seeing.

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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