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Get Him to the Greek (Blu-ray Review)

15 Oct, 2010 By: John Latchem

Box Office $61 million
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 two-DVD set, $39.98 Blu-ray
‘R’ for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language.
Stars Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney, Sean Combs.

This spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is, at its core, a buddy movie pairing two people with little in common except a need to break out of their rut.

Russell Brand returns as Aldous Snow, the pompous rocker seen in Marshall as the title character’s rebound fling. Snow is back to his hard-partying ways after his latest single, “African Child,” is condemned as racist and voted worst song of the decade, stalling his career and leading to a break-up with longtime girlfriend Jackie Q (Rose Byrne).

Jonah Hill also appeared in Marshall, but enters Get Him to the Greek as a new character, a music promoter named Aaron tasked with delivering Snow to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for a reunion concert that may re-ignite his career.

Aaron is so sympathetically earnest that we can’t help but root for him even though we know he’s in way over his head. Within a few minutes of meeting the rock star, he is predictably sucked into a “Snow”-storm of booze, drugs and sex.

This deliciously simple premise leads to some outrageous laughs, aided by Sean “P Diddy” Combs upping the ante with a hilarious turn as the head of Snow’s record label.

The film’s only real drawback is that it keeps getting in its own way trying to extract layers of genuine emotional development from its characters (typical of post films in the Judd Apatow family). At least what it does offer doesn’t feel forced, to the credit of director Nicholas Stoller, who also returns from Marshall.

The story behind the film is thoroughly documented in several behind-the-scenes featurettes exclusive to the Blu-ray. There’s also a very informal commentary involving the cast and crew, some of whom are on the phone, some of whom wander in and out of the studio, but all are just having fun discussing filmmaking and their contributions to this particular project.

Most of the extras are on the second disc, which is in the regular DVD format (this second disc also holds the digital copy). Included are tons of deleted scenes bloopers.

Hardcore fans of the film will probably most enjoy a series of music videos for Snow’s songs and the extended concert footage filmed for the movie.

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