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Get Him To The Greek

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About a year ago Universal released the comedy Funny People, which promptly died on the vine despite being a career high point for Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler. Meanwhile comedies like The Hangover and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are considered the second coming and yet they’re hardly as engaging as the occasionally brilliant Get Him To The Greek. Those former two films were all about getting laughs from people who like to drool at dinner, while GHTTG is about how cool is Mars Volta.

Get Him To The Greek is a film that shows that P Diddy can actually, ah, act. Hard to believe that Sean Combs was in a Broadway play yet his supporting role of a record mogul was a constantly changing challenge to your perception of what a character should be. Combs appears in a clip after the credit roll. It was myself and the theater staff cleaning up said theater to see this, since everyone else had left. Combs basically appears as a surreal detached head saying, to anybody who’ll listen, “Get da fuck outta here. The film’s over. Leave.” It was hilarious 24 fucking years ago when Matthew Broderick did it at the end of the credit roll in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and it’s hilarious in GHTTG.

GHTTG stars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill and one has to wonder about the career trajectory of these dudes. Hill looks like he should transform into mature sick supporting roles in the Charles Coburn or Robert Morley mode. His people tell him to gain weight because that’s the best way to cast him. Russell Brand has written a book about his sexual addiction. It seems he was addicted to his own dick. Yet boyfriend is engaged to Kate Perry and headlines movies like GHTTG. Am I living in the wrong life or what?

Brand has a look and a stature that seems to suggest a remake of Charge of the Light Brigade yet he stars in comedies that emphasis his, well, difference from other humans. I think the bloke is funny but I see him progressing into roles that express a look of bygone days.

One of the highlights of GHTTG is the supporting players, the personalities that allow leads Hill and Brand to go from H to B. Rose Byre is so awesome in this film that there needs to be a spin-off sequel for her character of Jackie Q, or at least plenty of extras on the eventual DVD release. And Elizabeth Moss as Hill’s mate absolutely steals every scene in which she appears. Her transformation from a homely chick that lives with fatboy to a doctor candidate that demands a ménage a trios positively demands your attention.

- Michael Bergernon

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