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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Get Him to the Greek


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: An aspiring music exec (Jonah Hill) has to get a famous rock star (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles in three days, without getting side tracked by drugs, sex, or the rock star's insane membrane.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elizabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Colm Meaney, Aziz Anzari, Lars Ulrich, Lino Facioli, Nick Kroll, Dinah Stabb, T.J. Miller, Carla Gallo

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. If you liked The Hangover, you'll like this drug induced extended party sequence a little less than that one.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Clearly I see too many movies and I'm jaded because everyone else laughed a lot more than I did. Then again, I hardly laughed in The Hangover either. Shhhh. Don't tell.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: You won't, but according to the dialogue, Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, can cry for 3 hours straight. On a more observational note, I thought it was clever that they had Russell Brand fall in a pool right before the scene where he's supposedly crying, because once his face is covered in water, it's harder to tell, that as an actor, he can't actually cry. I still noticed.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Best product Placement for a New Drug. I wonder how much money the drug dealer's union kicked in for that Jeffery sponsorship?

Q: How is the Acting?

A: My friend Meredith liked Russell Brand more as a bit part in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but I thought the character was still funny (even though I didn't laugh), and it was nice to see a deeper side to the comic relief character. Jonah Hill, for once not standing next to Michael Cera, gets his chance to play the put-upon innocent whom stuff just happens to, and he's unexpectedly good at it. But he really needs to lose some weight before I'll buy that he can get a girlfriend.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Nick Stoller, who never directed anything before Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is clearly getting more comfortable behind the camera, as he can be seen here experimenting more, especially when it comes to creating that drugged out POV.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: A lot of jokes try to make up for a total lack of substance. Despite the supposed urgency of getting him to the Greek, we never feel that the stakes are very high, because in a worst case scenario, Jonah Hill will lose his job, and at a certain point, we're not so sure that he cares about that anymore.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: http://www.moviefone.com/movie/get-him-to-the-greek/38930/trailers

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6 comments:

Corey said...

And at the Q&A this past Tuesday nigth, not one person mentioned MY FAVORITE YEAR, to which this movie owes at least some DNA.

Monique Elisabeth said...

They've probably never heard of it. :-)

Kenny Wyland said...

I always seem to like Russel Brand when he's playing the character of Russel Brand instead of actually being Russel Brand. As in... I don't really like him when he's doing his stand-up or hosting an award show. However, if he's playing a character, even if that character is strikingly similar to the real Russel Brand, for some reason I like him a lot more.

Monique Elisabeth said...

That's weird, Kenny... That said, you sound like a candidate for this movie (if you haven't already seen it.)

Kenny Wyland said...

Yeah, I'm sure I'll enjoy this movie. I think it's a simple, but strong buddy/adventure movie premise.

Dani said...

This is a great movie! As for laugh out loud, the movie had it's moments. I'm not jaded but I also wouldn't put down a really good movie. Russell Brand didn't cry in the movie I saw and I don't think it was nice what was said about the pool scene. He wasn't meant to cry, just be emotional. What they did was take a wild and crazy movie and add a very tender emotional moment. I teared up but did not cry but I liked that they put that part in the movie. I loved the ending of the movie period!!!!