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Old 09-26-2010, 07:13 PM
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Default Review: Get Him to the Greek on DVD



Get Him to the Greek
follows young and ambitious music exec Aaron Green (Johan Hill), who tries to convince his megalomaniacal and somewhat eccentric boss, Sergio (Sean Combs) that a great way to boost the dying business would be to bring Aldous Snow, lead singer of Infant Sorrow, back to play at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a tenth anniversary concert.

The problem for Aaron lies in finding Snow (Russell Brand) while dealing with his home situation and girlfriend, Daphne (Elisabeth Moss), and getting Snow from his secluded life in London all the way to LA in a matter of days. Through ridiculous hijinx, including trying to smuggle drugs through airport security, trying to keep sober and failing, and getting Snow to part from his inner demons and depression, Aaron slowly finds himself going insane, and believe he'll never make it in time.

The first hour of the film is full of dirty and raunchy comedy, but delivered incredibly well by Brand's dry British sense of humour mingled with Combs' over-the-top antics and Hill's Aaron just trying to keep everything on track. It fails towards the final half-hour, where it goes from bursts of laugh-out-loud scenes to slight melodrama, when Brand confronts his ex-girlfriend, Jackie Q, and finds out that not only is she set to marry Lars Ulrich of Metallica, but that the son he believed was his for seven years, Naples, indeed was not. The double-whammy hits Aldous to the point of near suicide and depression, and he admits to Aaron in a swimming pool that he is miserable and alone in life.

While there is nothing wrong with a combination of filthy comedy and drama, the fact that it goes from one spectrum to another by the end of the film leaves the viewer feeling just as down as Aldous, himself. It would have been better marked with a good contrast of the two throughout, rather than a drop of one, and then of the other.

Get Him to the Greek is rated R for strong language, themes of perversion and maturity, and violence.

To those Harry Potter fans interested in seeing Get Him to the Greek for Tom Felton, the DVD set does contain an extended clip of Tom's interaction with Aaron at a London club, as well as inside a loo. Those synopses are below.



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Aaron Green is at the bar, Tom Felton walks by.
Aaron: There's a lot of cute girls in here, huh?
Tom: Yeah, man.
Aaron: It's like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of a**-grabbing.
Tom gives him a very dirty look.
Aaron: I'm here with Aldous Snow. So uh, we have a table in the back.
Tom: Great.
Tom turns away with a really wary/slightly disgusted look.
Aaron: Feel free to bring Professor Snape. Come by, we'll play some late-night Quidditch
Tom: Don't.
Aaron: Don't worry, bro, we're dark-side friendly.
Tom: Just - leave it, you know?
Aaron: You can come by. Don't murder anyone.
Tom: I'm not gonna come. Thank you, though. Say hi to Aldous, please.
Aaron: Hey, we'll see if the Sorting Hat can sort us some babes.
Tom walks away, disgusted.
Aaron: Right, not everyone cares.


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Tom is in the bathroom, banging on a stall door, telling Aaron and his companion to hurry up. The door opens minutes later.
Aaron: Hey! Hey, uh...
Tom: No. sorry.
Tom closes the stall door. Sniffs, looks disgusted.
Tom: Ew, stinks of s***. Dirty [effing] Americans.
Get Him to the Greek will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, September 28. They can be pre-ordered here:

Amazon.com 1-disc DVD; Amazon.com 2-disc DVD; Amazon.com Blu-ray
Amazon.co.uk 1-disc DVD; Amazon.co.uk Blu-ray
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