Thursday, September 23, 2010

Get Him to the Greek DVD



DVD Review by Kam Williams


Headline: Rock Star Road Romp Arrives on DVD


                Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is interning in Los Angeles at Pinnacle Records, a company struggling to stay afloat in an industry with bleak prospects. The slacker’s relationship with his M.D. girlfriend, Daphne (Elisabeth Moss), is severely strained, because they barely spend any quality time together, and they rarely even make love anymore.

                The standoff builds to a boil after Daphne’s offered a medical residency in Seattle, and expects Aaron to relocate there with her. But he refuses to abandon the dream that his fledgling job might blossom into a more substantial position. So, she threatens to break up with him.

Aaron counters by informing Daphne that he’s finally getting a big break since his boss Sergio (P. Diddy) has asked him to try to resuscitate the career of Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), the front man for a defunct British rock group called Infant Sorrow. The trouble is that Aldous has spiraled down a self-destructive path since the disastrous release a decade ago of “African Child,” a song which was roundly panned as racist by the critics and rejected by his fans.

Sergio signed the band to do a reunion concert. The hitch is that Aaron, with promise of a promotion if everything goes smoothly, has to fly to England to escort the boozing, pot-smoking womanizer every step of the way from London to L.A.

Aaron jumps at the opportunity, but the question soon becomes, who will win the ensuing battle of wills? The spoiled-rotten star used to doing whatever he pleases, or the aspiring publicist who finds himself seduced by all the trappings of the rock and roll lifestyle?

To the degree you can stomach scenes of utter depravity, are you apt to find this raunchy road flick compelling. Think shocksploit, one rendered hilarious as opposed to offensive by the equally-inspired performances of its three male leads, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill and P. Diddy. Plenty of laughs per-minute featuring the outrageous antics of naughty Aldous repeatedly derailing Aaron’s best efforts to deliver him as promised, all to the frustration of an increasingly-impatient Sergio.

                You’ll O.D. on laughs!


Excellent (3.5 stars)


Running time: 109 minutes

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

2-Disc DVD Extras: Deleted & extended scenes, alternate intro, alternate ending, behind the scenes documentaries, gag reel, “Line-O-Rama” featurette, music videos, concert performances, feature commentary with filmmakers and cast, and much more.

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