There is no way that Get Him to the Greek should work. Taking a supporting character whose main purpose as a plot point was to be incredibly annoying and turning him into the lead of his own spin-off feature sounds like a horrible, horrible idea. Characters like Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) in Forgetting Sarah Marshall work best in small doses. The prospect of taking an unlikable cad like Aldous and turning him into a lead is a double-edged sword in that we don’t want to spend two hours with an a-hole but we equally don’t want to watch an edgy character turned into a sentimental one. It’s a tightrope that should result in comedy disaster. Remarkably, it absolutely does not as Get Him to the Greek is one of the funniest and most consistent comedies of the year to date.
Aldous Snow used to be the biggest rock and roll star in the world. He led a crazy lifestyle with his hot-as-hell pop star girlfriend Jackie Q (Rose Byrne) and produced hit after hit. Then he made the mistake of releasing a crap album and trying to sober up. The misfire is a hilarious video called “African Child,” which the trades notoriously called “The worst thing to happen to Africa since apartheid.” Jackie and his fans basically left Snow behind and he spent the next several years drinking, drugging, sexing, and generally being nothing more than tabloid fodder.
A lackey to the borderline-insane music executive Sergio (Sean Combs) named Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) has stayed loyal to his childhood icon. At a staff meeting, Aaron suggests holding a ten-year anniversary concert for Snow’s wildly successful concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles as a way to boost interest in his back catalog. Sergio orders Aaron to fly to England and serve as chaperone for the troubled troubadour. Of course, before he leaves town, Aaron gets into a huge fight with his super-cute girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men), leaving him free to dive head first into the deep
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