The English rock leader Aldous Snow has a concert to get to in 72 hours and a drug relapse and breakup with significant other, Jackie Q, is not much of an encouragement. The man designated for the job of transporting Aldous from London to LA is Aaron Green, a smalltime employee of a struggling record company who has some relationship issues of his own. Though he believed it would be an easy trip, Aaron gets sucked into Aldous’s rock n’ roll lifestyle. He tries to bring a positive influence and insight into Aldous’s reckless choices but finds himself in the middle of alcohol, drugs, sex and parties. Getting Aldous to the Greek Theater seems like it might just be an impossible task.
Starring: Russell Brand (Aldous Snow), Jonah Hill (Aaron Green), Rose Bryne (Jackie Q), Zoe Salmon (herself), Lino Facioli (Naples), Lars Ulrich (himself), Mario Lopez (himself), Pink (herself), Billy Bush (himself), Kurt Loder (himself), Christina Aguilera (herself), Colm Meaney (Jonathan Snow), Elisabeth Moss (Daphne Binks), Aziz Ansari (Matty), Sean Combs (Sergio Roma), Kali Hawk (Kali), Nick Kroll (Kevin)
Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow character has appeared in a couple of related films, but Get Him to the Greek is truly his premier story. Brand has a knack for providing an offbeat (sometimes ridiculous) sense of humor to an already wacky story. He is a master of ranting both intelligent and incoherent musings at the same time. For Jonah Hill, he may have developed a rather narrow range of film genres but he lends a more controlled character that is susceptible to negative influence. He does a great job transforming from the rule-abiding professional to the open, risk-taking friend of a rockstar. Sean Combs also gives a great performance as the boss of Hill, dropping a humorous assortment of ramblings as he stays on Hill’s back about achieving the objective.
Nicholas Stoller has been able to pull one character into two connected but unrelated stories. This film takes that traditional lessons of finding passion in one’s life and appreciating what you have but centers the development around the reserved Aaron Green and the oddball Aldous Snow. Scenes like the music video to start the film, the awkward relationship between Aldous and his mother and the drugged-out obsession with furry walls help to give the film its charm. It is truly amazing how one drop of blood can make such a large cloud in water. The less creative elements of the film are in the pattern of unlikely partnership to “unpredicted” friendship, the drugged-out moment to lead to clarity and awkward sex scenes. All have their charm and work in this film but are not so much of a surprise.
If you enjoy films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Due Date, this will probably be an enjoyable story, particularly if you find Russell Brand’s form of humor particularly funny.
Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5