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Review: Get Him to the Greek

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Hilarious. Sad. Horrifying. Just a few words that can describe the new comedy Get Him to the Greek, starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand à la Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

The plot is basic. Hill plays Aaron Green, an assistant to a megalomaniac music magnate (Sean "P. Diddy" Combs), who tasks him to bring a degenerate, filthy, boisterous, hilarious rock star to the Greek Theater in L.A. They're the fastest 72 hours of his life.

Brand does a good job being the inconsiderate rocker Aldous Snow. He's an odd mix of Kurt Kobain and Eddie Vedder, with a touch of Billy Corgan. All the while being an insufferable absinthe drinking, drug addicted prick.

But that's only half of the dynamic that makes the movie interesting. It's great to see Hill get a leading role. His character is genuinely kind and he pulls it off with a flair of Chris Farley physical comedy and sincerity. Luckily for Aldous Snow, Aaron Green's kindness manages to stretch their entire trip from London to Los Angeles.

That's a miracle.

To placate Snow's rock star wanton needs, Green becomes a drug mule, drinks and smokes enough to keep Snow sober, has a date with the little Green Fairy and allows Snow to have a threesome with his girlfriend. Hell, he even gets sodomized against his will. Remember the part about the movie being horrifying?

It's a train wreck, I couldn't look away, and it's a good thing I didn't. For every couple of cheap jokes, there's a little piece of physical or situational comedy that's priceless. P. Diddy is the hilarious side character Sergio Roma and provides some of the funnier parts of the movie.

So is it worth the time and money to see Get Him to the Greek? I don't have much respect for intentionally over-the-top writing, and this film reeks of it. Sadly, the few memorable moments of the movie are provided by Diddy and other side characters. It's mindless entertainment.

Don't expect much else.

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