Director: Nicholas Stoller Link: IMDB There are times when things just seem to work better in smaller doses. Get Him To The Greek is not one of those times. Although he didn’t have much screen time in director Nicholas Stoller’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” British comedian Russell Brand essentially left the biggest impression of all with his turn as Aldous Snow, a narcissistic rock ‘n roll legend who always speaks his mind. In Get Him To The Greek, which could be considered a spin-off to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Aldous Snow has taken centre stage and the outcome couldn’t have turned out more satisfying. Brand’s off-the-wall and raunchy style of comedy could definitely be off-putting to some, but those who do consider him a comedic genius will revel in the fact that Get Him To The Greek gives him the opportunity to flesh out his hell-raising character and help us understand what makes him tick. (Plus, it provides us with even more laughs, which is always a bonus.) The film opens with a video of Aldous’ new hit song “African Child,” only it really isn’t a hit. Aldous may think people will remember his latest track as the next “Sgt. Pepper,” but it is actually viewed by many as the most detrimental thing to the black movement since the Rodney King beating. And to top it all off, the tune is even voted the worst single of the decade. Aldous is understandably down in the dumps and worried that his career is passing him by, but the one thing he can always count on is his long time girlfriend Jackie Q (a scene-stealing Rose Byrne), a pop star and model who is the lecherous yin to his filthy yang. Jackie provides Aldous with such comfort that he hasn’t felt the need to drink alcohol or do drugs for almost a decade, but when she leaves him due to all his troubles, he falls off the wagon so hard no narcotic or stimulant is safe. Enter Aaron Green (Jonah Hill), a young record company executive who thinks of Aldous as one of the last remaining rock stars. Aaron, who wants to both revive his company and put his idol back on the map, persuades his boss, Sergio (Sean “P. Diddy” Combs), to hold a 10-year anniversary concert of Aldous’ historic show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. But in order for Aaron to follow through on his one moment in life, he must fly to London and bring the uncooperative Aldous back to the venue in 72 hours or he will lose his job. Get Him To The Greek is obviously meant to be a vehicle to showcase Brand’s talents and further his acting career, but the movie really belongs to Hill (“Superbad” and “Knocked Up”), who gives what could be considered the most hilarious and authentic performance of his life. (Hill also appeared in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” but here he plays an entirely different character.) In my eyes, Hill will always be remembered for his impeccable comedic timing and delivery and his steady barrage of hysterical one-liners, but in Get Him To The Greek his performance is a little bit more subdued, mainly because his character is not the wildest one of the bunch. We, the audience, get to live our fantasies of hanging out with a famous celebrity through Aaron, and his reactions are ones that we would probably share ourselves. (As you can guess, most things don’t go as planned and Aaron’s experiences are not what he expected. But it’s that unpredictability where a large portion of the comedy comes from.) But if there was one thing I could have erased from Aaron’s life, it would be his live-in girlfriend, Daphne Binks (Elisabeth Moss of TV’s “Mad Men”), who is up all hours of the day because of her profession as a medical intern. I can understand why Daphne was added to the story, but the character is so insipid that she sucks all of the humor out of her scenes, just like the Mega Maid did when she vacuumed the oxygen out of Planet Druidia in “Spaceballs.” And the film also loses a some of its comedic momentum in its third act when melodrama moves to the forefront and Aldous is forced to deal with his daddy issues and the breaking news about the young son he has with Jackie Q. It’s nice to see that Brand can actually act when it doesn’t involve being a zany goofball, but these moments just feel really out of place. But when you go to see a movie like Get Him To The Greek, all that should really matter is if the material makes you snicker and chuckle on multiple occasions, and in that respect, Stoller’s film more than exceeds its purpose. I don’t know how many comedies I’ve seen over the past few years where I could count the number of laughs on my own two hands, but with Get Him To The Greek you’d need as many extremities as a centipede to keep an accurate tab. The film has its fair share of droll gross-out humor and sight gags, but it also works extremely well as a satire of pop culture, celebrity life and the music industry in general. The lyrics and videos that are performed by Aldous and Jackie Q had me practically rolling in the aisles, and the films comedy is also strengthened by some rather amusing cameos. (I normally don’t find P. Diddy all that appealing, but here his comedic chops are, dare I say, surprisingly impressive.) Get Him To The Greek is indubitably full to the brim with unforgettable moments, but the one thing I will always remember the most is a certain uproarious scene that involves something called Jeffrey. I don’t want to ruin the surprise so I am going to stay pretty tight-lipped, but I will disclose that it’s not a person. I realize that a sense of humour is subjective, but if you don’t find yourself laughing at all when Jeffrey finally makes its appearance, then I regret to inform you that you were born without a funny bone. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Photobucket