While the idea of using a character from a movie that - while enjoyable - was not deeply memorable over the long run - and plopping the character in a completely different plot does not exactly sound all that promising, "Get Him to the Greek" actually works better than the idea would suggest on paper. The film, which reunites star Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall") with director Nicholas Stoller ("Marshall"), brings back "Marshall" character Aldous Snow (Brand), but places the character in a new setting.
This time around, rock star Snow has fallen off the wagon (and then some) after a breakup with his wife (Rose Byrne) and the disaster of a poorly-received "message" album. It's up to an innocent young intern named Aaron (Jonah Hill) to go to London to get him - which is a major task in itself - and then to be there with him to make sure that he manages to get through stops at "The Today Show" in New York City and then on to a performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. If he screws this up, he'll be in the deepest of trouble with his boss at the record label, Sergio (Sean Combs, in a deeply funny cameo, stealing the scenes he's in and really standing out as one of the best things about the movie.)
There's really not a great deal of plot to the movie, but it does exist as a funny (sometimes lightly, sometimes impressively) road trip picture, as Stoller's script manages to deliver some terrific one-liners and moderately clever set-ups for the two characters to overcome during their time together. The movie's attempts to be really gross and lowbrow on one hand and sorta sweet and genuine on the other really don't work in the long run, but the film's attempts to provide a balance are more successful than many similar films.
The performances are winning, though: Brand and Hill's performances are enjoyable, but the whole of the pair is greater than the sum of their parts, as Brand's persona (which really doesn't appear to be more than a few degrees away from his real-life persona) and Hill's portrayal of the rather square character work particularly well together. Hill, in particular, could have made the character cartoonish, but instead he's rather sympathetic. Brand doesn't entirely succeed giving Snow more depth, but he certainly manages enough within the realm of what the movie is going for. Technically, the picture is a bit shaggy and rough at times, but it certainly does succeed in pacing - the nearly 120-minute picture moves along at a pretty rapid clip.
Overall, like "Sarah Marshall", the movie isn't a comedy classic, but "Get Him to the Greek" is certainly an above-average comedy, with some solid laughs and a stellar supporting performance from Sean Combs.
The Blu-Ray includes the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, as well as a digital copy of the film.
VIDEO: "Get Him to the Greek" is presented by Universal in 1.85:1 (1080p/AVC). Presentation quality is generally very good. Sharpness and detail are a little inconsistent, although most scenes look bright and well-defined.
Edge enhancement is a bit of a problem in a few scenes, but otherwise, the picture is free of other distractions. Colors looked bright and vivid, with excellent saturation and no smearing.
SOUND: The film is presented with a DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio presentation. The film's sound design is a basic, dialogue-driven comedy mix, with little in the way of surround activity. Audio quality was fine, with a crisp score and clear dialogue.
EXTRAS: As usual for anything produced or directed or written (or something else) by Judd Apatow, the disc comes loaded with extras, including cast/filmmaker commentary, "Blind Medicine", full music videos/concert performances, "Line-o-Rama" alternate takes, a pair of gag reels, alternate intro/ending extended/deleted scenes and 3 documentaries. Additionally, the second disc allows one to stream one of three movies ("Life", "Uncle Buck", "Dazed/Confused") for free (for BD-Live enabled players.) The commentary with the director and members of the cast is a great deal of fun and well worth a listen.
Final Thoughts: Overall, like "Sarah Marshall", the movie isn't a comedy classic, but "Get Him to the Greek" is certainly an above-average comedy, with some solid laughs and a stellar supporting performance from Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. The Blu-Ray offers solid audio/video quality, along with a ton of extras. Recommended.
The Film B