Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney, Sean “P Diddy” Combs

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Writer(s): Nicholas Stoller

Cinematography: Robert D. Yeoman

Original Score: Timothy Andrew Edwards, Lyle Workman

Running Time: 109 Mins.

Two things you should know about Get Him to The Greek, firstly it is Russell Brand’s first starring role and secondly it serves as a spin-off to the rather brilliant Forgetting Sarah Marshall, sharing a the same director and writer as that film in Nicholas Stoller. However it is important to note that the co-writer of said comedy Jason Segel is present only as executive producer on this particular outing, a fact which marks Get Him to the Greek out as something of a disappointment and yet another film to add to that ever-growing list of the “weak spin-off film”.

That said it is not all bad, how could it be with this much talent involved, more it is a collection of parts, some of which work and some of which fail badly, it would seem Segel provided the consistency to hold these elements together and form something special. There is little doubt that Brand was a highlight in Sarah Marshall, Aldous Snow being a great case of a comedian pretty much playing himself with a dash of the Mick Jagger’s about him, as a support player bouncing off Segel we were admittedly left craving more, though sometimes cravings should be left as just that for the best…

Tasked with retrieving and escorting Snow back to LA for an anniversary concert at the Greek theatre is Jonah Hill’s Aaron Green, (the straight man and a record company lackey) and as with any road movie all does not go to plan, cue a patchwork of scenes that see the mis-matched couple get high, drunk, or both under various circumstances and that is pretty much it…until the final third where Stoller seeks to instill the film with an emotional thread that is just too forced and late in the day to have and resonance and more importantly add anything to the film, failing to inject any heart or further the characters.

On the plus side, the sheer number of mishaps that occur along the way can’t fail to raise a few laughs with the Vegas set hotel room high experienced by all and sundry wringing laughs from a clichéd and overused setup, while it’s nice to see Hill veer slightly from his usual character type finding a sweetness in his role as a loving but confused boyfriend in a subplot that again adds little to the overall story but helps wring a few more laughs. Brand though is largely left embellishing in what was an excellent one joke character spread far too thin.

Attempts at back story all reek of having seen it all before done much better, the long-lost dad, the rejecting but beautiful ex, an estranged child, falling off the wagon, self-discovery, it reads like a checklist and views like one too which is a great shame as I have no doubt that given a great script Brand is capable of comedic ingenuity even if he is riffing on his own persona, something which Sean “P Diddy” Combs does to great effect here in a minimal role, heres hoping he doesn’t get a spin off as well!

VERDICT

Something of a letdown, Get Him To The Greek is sporadically funny but not nearly enough given the credentials, Brand is as good as the material he is given and here it is mediocre at best.

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