Get Him To The Greek (2010) - Can't Stop the Movies
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14Jun/101

Get Him To The Greek (2010)

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I saw Get Him To the Greek, because we wanted to go see something, and it's best reviewed film playing in town right now. That Get Him To The Greek is the best movie in town (and, most likely, the best movie in theaters across America) makes the fact that it was nigh-irredeemable horseshit all the more depressing.

Okay, so it followed that formulaic plot structure that comedies have been abusing since well before I was born (where the lovable-yet-flawed main character goes on an adventure with a wacky sidekick who helps him confront his flaws and, in the end, grow as a person), which means that it at least had a plot, which means that it was still better than Gentlemen Broncos. And it had a vaguely interesting secret message written into it, running parallel to the main theme about "being true to yourself" and "doing what makes you happy" and all those other virtues lazy filmmakers extol when they don't have anything better to say.

Lovable protagonist Aaron Green (Jonah Hill, playing himself) holds an undefined position at a music label. His wacky boss, Sergio Roma (played perfectly by Puff Daddy), tasks him with ensuring that self-destructive rock star Aldous Snow (Russel Brand, who did... okay, I guess) makes it to a massive concert at the Greek Theater set to both generate tons of revenue for the music label and revitalize Aldous's career. Hijinks ensue, and there you go. That's the story. Oh, and Aldous makes it to the Greek in time for the concert. I'm sure you didn't see that coming.

But onto the secret message! Sergio says at the beginning of the movie "The music industry is failing!" Then, througout the movie, we're shown numerous sophomoric parodies of trash culture (Aldous's shitty music, his ex's shitty music videos, a commercial for a medical drama about a blind surgeon starring Sarah Marshall). "Sophomoric," could actually be used to describe the whole movie, which is a series of stupid jokes and pratfalls, played by a group of psychologically transparent one-liner dispensers, strung together by a boring plot, brought to a head by an inexplicable threesome scene and a halfhearted threat of character suicide, and brought to a close with a trite, sentimental lesson.

The movie itself is trash culture! Get Him To The Greek is a spin off of a popular comedy, designed to pander to an existing fanbase in order to take more money from them as quickly and effortlessly as possible.  Sergio's statement at the beginning of the film gives you the context by which to see the rest of the movie. It's also a description of the health of not one, but two nearly valueless constructs. The music industry, and by extension the film industry, as both portrayed and exemplified by the movie, deserves to die.

Of course, calling out the entertainment industry for producing bad art doesn't make it a better movie. That's like writer/director Nicholas Stoller pinching a loaf on my rug, and then bringing me over to it and saying "Man, look at that disgusting loaf I just pinched off onto your rug! That's horrible! Why would I do that? Man, do I ever clean the vaginas!' It doesn't matter, Nicholas Stoller, because you still shat on my rug. If you're smart enough to recognize trash culture, then you're smart enough to not only attack it more thoroughly, but to create something new and genuine and maybe even good. Then it would be that movie, and not Get Him To The Greek, that would be the best reviewed movie playing in my town, and millions of other towns across America.

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

This film (IMDB) is currently in theaters, please avoid it.

Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Written by Nicholas Stoller
Starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill

Posted by Andrew

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  1. Too bad, I really liked Forgetting Sarah Marshall.


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