Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek

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Director: Nick Stoller

Cast: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss

     
 

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An ambitious young record company executive attempts to transport an unpredictable rock star to L.A.'s Greek Theatre in time for his hotly anticipated comeback performance in this spin-off of the comedy hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) has just landed his dream job inSee more details below

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An ambitious young record company executive attempts to transport an unpredictable rock star to L.A.'s Greek Theatre in time for his hotly anticipated comeback performance in this spin-off of the comedy hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) has just landed his dream job in the record industry, and he's eager to prove his worth. His first assignment: travel to London and escort British rock god Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) to the show that will re-ignite his career. Before he departs, Aaron is warned by his boss Sergio Roma (Sean Combs) to never let Aldous out of his sight, and never underestimate his capacity for mayhem. Immensely talented yet deeply tortured, Aldous hit the bottle hard after his popularity began to wane and his girl walked out on him. Aldous is locked in the midst of an existential crisis, and rues the thought of being accompanied across the pond by an insincere sycophant. Though it seems like sex is the only thing Aldous ever thinks about, his thoughts turn to romance when he discovers that gorgeous model/pop singer Jackie Q (Rose Byrne) will be in Los Angeles at the time of his concert, too. Jackie Q is the love of Aldous' life, and he'll do anything and everything to win her heart. With the concert fast approaching and Aaron's fledgling career on the line, the race is on to get Aldous to the Greek, and ensure the big show goes off without a hitch.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Working as a sort-of sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek may not have that film's occasionally serious emotional undertow, but pound for pound (which is not a fat joke aimed at Jonah Hill) it just might be the funniest summer film of 2010. Frumpy music exec Aaron Green (Hill), under orders from his motor-mouthed boss, Sergio (Sean Combs), must get faded, drug-addled rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to L.A. to play a comeback gig at the Greek Theatre. While this seems like a straightforward assignment, Aldous turns out to be quite a handful, and with Aaron nursing a broken heart after a big blow-up with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), he is easily distracted by the easy sex and the powerful drugs that go hand in hand with his charge. That description makes Get Him to the Greek sound like an international version of The Hangover, but it turns out to be more than just a wild ride through a few hedonistic days in the party-hearty life of a superstar. Nicholas Stoller, who has learned well from producer Judd Apatow, instills just enough personality and humanity in the characters to make them people rather than just cardboard cutouts. Brand, reprising his breakout character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, captures all of Aldous' unchecked self-absorption without sacrificing an ounce of charisma -- he's a near-perfect fusion of Jim Morrison, Noel Gallagher, and Pete Doherty. By maintaining that egocentric base, Brand makes sure the film never gets too soft, even when there's a poignant -- and still hilarious -- scene between Aldous and his son. As far as comedy duos go, he and Hill are a perfect match -- it's funny just to stare at the two of them side by side. But Hill, who is a savvier performer than he gets credit for, doesn't rely on just his lumpy physique to score laughs. Watching him slowly lose his wide-eyed innocence and hero worship of Aldous -- especially when his idol forces him to be his personal drug mule -- gives the film a subtle, and necessary, emotional arc. The two characters complement each other perfectly because Aldous is an emotional infant and Aaron looks like a cherub with five-o'clock shadow, and thanks to each other they both grow up a little. But don't make the assumption that the comedy stops for big touchy-feely moments of emotional truth and revelation. Those scenes are there, but they never feel like major tonal shifts -- the warmth is interlaced with the comedy, and the whole cast pulls off the emotional balancing act. Sean Combs surprises with a performance so good that he's funnier than Chris Rock or Martin Lawrence have ever been onscreen; Elisabeth Moss has a quirky delivery that meshes with Hill's line readings in a way that makes us feel that they really are a couple; and a handful of inspired cameos -- the less you know who to expect the funnier they are -- keep the laughs coming along at a steady clip. Director Nick Stoller, who also helmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has a gift for knowing exactly how much time to spend on a joke. While the out-of-control Vegas party builds with a steady anticipation that pays off in a burst of slapstick lunacy (imagine the Alfred Molina sequence from Boogie Nights minus the threat of death), he also creates a montage covering Aaron's first night partying with Aldous that plays like anyone's fragmented memories of their most drunken escapade. Throw in a promo for yet another TV show starring Sarah Marshall, and Stoller's versatility becomes readily apparent. With so much skill in front of and behind the camera, it's little wonder that Get Him to the Greek proves to be a well-crafted, screamingly funny comedy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
UPC:
0025192044151
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
23,899

Special Features

Deleted & Extended Scenes; Gag Reel Line-o-Rama; Blind Medicine - See More From Sarah Marshall's new show; Feature Commentary With Filmmakers and Cast

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonah Hill Aaron Green
Russell Brand Aldous Snow
Elisabeth Moss Daphne Binks
Rose Byrne Jackie Q
Colm Meaney Jonathan Snow
Sean "Puffy" Combs Sergio
Tyler McKinney African Child in Video
Zoe Salmon Herself
Lino Facioli Naples
Lars Ulrich Himself
Mario Lopez Himself
Pink Herself
Billy Bush Himself
Kurt Loder Himself
Christina Aguilera Herself
Ray Siegle Paparazzo in Los Angeles
Chad Cleven Paparazzo in Los Angeles
Jonathan Chris Lopez Paparazzo in Los Angeles
Vero Felice Monti Paparazzo in Los Angeles
Danny O'Leary Himself
Aziz Ansari Matty
Kali Hawk Kali
Nick Kroll Kevin
Brandon Johnson Pinnacle Executive
Ivan Shaw Pinnacle Executive
Ellie Kemper Pinnacle Executive
Jake Johnson Jazz Man
Davone McDonald Sergio's Security Guard
Derek Ressallat Dr. Coltrane
Karl Theobald Duffy Servant Dude
Dinah Stabb Lena Snow
Gee Sekweyama Aldous' Mate in London
Jamie Sives Aldous' Mate in London
Tom Felton Aldous' Mate in London
Zoe Richards Club Girl in London
Jessica Ellerby Club Girl in London
Tony Van Silva Old Man on Bike
Meddy Ford Party Girl in Limo
Rebecca Kinder Party Girl in Limo
Jim Piddock Limousine Driver in London
Kristen Bell Sarah Marshall
Rick Schroder Himself
Ryan Shiraki Rianna the Hairdresser
Jose Ramon Rosario Limousine Driver in New York
Pharrell Himself
Kristen Schaal Today Show Production Assistant
Meredith Vieira Herself
Sean Mannion Today Show Sound Guy
David Auerbach Today Show Stage Manager
Howard Strawbridge Today Show Lighting Director
Stephen G. Lucas Today Show Director
Paul Krugman Himself
Lenny Widegren Infant Sorrow Guitarist
Roger Joseph Manning Infant Sorrow Keyboardist/Guitarist
Sean Hurley Infant Sorrow Bassist
Victor Indrizzo Infant Sorrow Drummer
Ato Essandoh Smiling African Drummer
Bashiri Johnson African Percussionist
Kimati Dinizulu African Percussionist
Gary Fritz African Percussionist
Jelani Johnson African Percussionist
Daoud Woods African Percussionist
Sheldon Goode African Percussionist
Mauwena Kodjovi African Percussionist
Richard Child Today Show Audience Member
Caroline Limata Today Show Audience Member
John J. Schneider Today Show Audience Member
Aurora Nona-Barnes Oak Room Girl
Jennifer Perry Flirtatious Party Girl
Lindsey Broad Pocket Dial Girl
Nicole Sciacca Dancer at Nightclub in New York
Thomas Nowell S&M Guy Who Looks Like Moby
Duane Sequira Drug Dealer in New York
Ronald J. Garner TSA Agent at JFK
Joyful Drake Sergio's Baby Mama
Francesca Delbanco Admiral Club Attendant
T.J. Miller Brian the Concierge
Neal Brennan Guy at Brian's House
Stephanie Faracy Wendy
Brian Duprey Frank Look-Alike
Kyle Diamond Sammy Look-Alike
Thomas R. Wallek Joey Look-Alike
Drew Anthony Carrano Dean Look-Alike
Kelly Ann Buckman Waitress in Vegas
Giuseppina Castiglione Lap Dancer in Vegas
Christine Nguyen Lap Dancer in Vegas
Diana Terranova Lap Dancer in Vegas
Ava Vassileva Topless Party Girl
Carla Gallo Destiny
Carlos Jacott Navigator
Rino Romano Announcer Voice
Joe Benson DJ Voice
Sarah Haskins Girl in Crowd at Standard Hotel
Andrew Burlinson Hipster in Crowd at Standard Hotel
Tom Chadwick Tom the Assistant
Mike Viola Furry Walls Rhythm Guitarist
Dan Rothchild Furry Walls Bassist

Technical Credits
Nick Stoller Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Anne Fletcher Choreography
Judd Apatow Producer
David L. Bushell Producer
Leo Corey Castellano Makeup Special Effects
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Philip Eisen Associate Producer
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Jason Segel Co-producer
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
William Kerr Editor
Erik Polczwartek Art Director
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Rodney Rothman Producer
Mike Sale Editor
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Lyle Workman Score Composer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Get Him to the Greek
1. African Child [:03]
2. Choclate Daddy [3:35]
3. Mindfuck [2:37]
4. London [1:46]
5. Hateful Respect [:57]
6. New York [1:04]
7. The Clap [:12]
8. Absinthe [3:48]
9. Lars [5:53]
10. Pretzel [7:29]
11. Vegas [3:43]
12. Jonathan Snow [5:41]
13. The Jeffrey [2:23]
14. Adrenaline [:11]
15. Los Angeles [3:19]
16. Pre-Threesome [1:32]
17. Threesome [:05]
18. The Standard Rooftop [3:14]
19. The Greek [6:22]
20. Furry Walls (End Titles) [4:19]

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