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Funny Greek is also poignant

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Jonah Hill plays Aaron Green opposite Russell Brand as Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek.

The pedigree for Get Him to the Greek is more than a bit unusual, even by Hollywood’s standards. A spinoff of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a marginally successful ($63 million) comedy, it stars Russell Brand as egocentric rock star Aldous Snow and Jonah Hill as Aaron Green. Forget that the actor was in Marshall but plays another character here. Greek isn’t concerned with such details and neither should you be.

Desperate to be noticed by his record-exec boss Sergio (Sean “P Diddy” Combs), Green suggests they sponsor a 10th anniversary comeback concert for Snow, who finds his career in a tailspin thanks to a misguided album and being left by his fashion model girlfriend Jackie Q (Rose Byrne). The intern has 72 hours to get Snow from London to Los Angeles, with stops in New York and Vegas along the way.

Needless to say, nothing goes as planned, as Green must contend with his drug-addled idol who introduces him to sex with groupies and illicit drugs, which leads to embarassing moments on the “Today Show,” as well as awkward sexual situations with strippers and an impromptu threesome with his girlfriend Daphne (Elisabeth Moss) and Snow.

Hill is properly flummoxed as the situations Green finds himself in become increasingly bizarre. You can’t help but feel sorry for the guy as he’s caught between Snow’s egocentric demands and Sergio’s constant checking. The highlight is a misguided party in Vegas that finds the duo petting a furry wall in an effort to calm down, only to swing back into a drug-induced frenzy.

The film is funny to be sure, but what is surprising is the poignant relationship that develops between Green and Snow. The publicist realizes his hero has feet of clay and Brand pulls off the feat of exposing the rocker’s little boy lost side without resorting to cheap sentimentality. The moments of poignancy that emerge from Greek makes it one of the more pleasant surprises of the summer season as well as one of the funniest.

Contact Chuck Koplinski at ckoplinski@usd116.org.

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