This spin-off/sequel from 2008’s ghastly romcom Forgetting Sarah Marshal was one of the worst pictures of 2010. Russell Brand plays a drug-addicted rock star and Jonah Hill plays the unfortunate music industry employee sent to look after him on his way to a major come-back concert at The Greek theatre in L.A.
Similar to the first movie featuring Brand’s character Aldous Snow, Get Him to the Greek is obnoxious and vulgar. It presents a horribly objectified view of women to an audience that will mostly be populated by teenage boys.
The film also delights in making light of hard drug abuse, and as if this wasn’t enough, sexual assault is also trivialised. The most skin-crawlingly horrible moments occur when three major characters decide to have a threesome. Any humour that may have been gleamed from such sordid material is killed off by the lack of genuinely funny writing or sympathetic characters.
Russell Brand is yet to convince me he has a talent that goes beyond saying normal words with a strange exaggerated pronunciation. His fans claim this is funny. To me it’s incredibly irritating.
The only saving grace is Damages’ Rose Byrne as Snow’s Essex-accented girlfriend, offering us a hilarious satire of the likes of Kelly Osbourne and Lily Allen. But even Byrne’s talents can’t stop this from feeling as sleazy, tasteless and misogynistic as any other Judd Apatow-backed comedy (with the exception of this year’s brilliant Bridesmaids).
Get Him to the Greek (2010), directed by Nicholas Stoller, is available on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Universal Pictures UK, Certificate 15.