The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv -

Rus­sell Brand in Get Him To The Greek Al­dous re­leases the al­bum African Child, which is lam­basted by crit­ics.

One deems it the third worst thing to hap­pen to Africa af­ter war and famine.

Soon af­ter, the singer breaks up with girl­friend Mag­gie Q (Byrne) and falls into dis­re­pute in London.

Dur­ing a pitch meet­ing with crazed record com­pany supremo Ser­gio (Combs), un­der­ling Aaron Green (Hill) hits upon the bril­liant idea of a 10th an­niver­sary come­back con­cert to cel­e­brate Snow’s most fa­mous live out­ing at the le­gendary Greek Theater in Los An­ge­les.

De­spite ini­tial reser­va­tions, Ser­gio even­tu­ally agrees and is­sues his min­ion with an ul­ti­ma­tum: “From the moment you touch down, you have 72 hours to get Al­dous Snow to the Greek.”

Un­for­tu­nately, Al­dous loves to party, lead­ing to a se­ries of de­bauched en­coun­ters that jeop­ar­dise Aaron’s re­la­tion­ship with his girl­friend Daphne (Moss).

Get Him To The Greek is a filthy­minded road movie pair­ing a sweet, lov­able ev­ery­man with a swag­ger­ing lech, who asks for Aaron’s hon­est opin­ion of African Child and when he gets it, re­sponds icily, “There’s a layer of re­spect, ad­mit­tedly, for your truth­ful­ness, but it’s pep­pered with hate.”

Rap­port be­tween the leads is luke­warm, giv­ing Combs the op­por­tu­nity to scene steal as the bullish mu­sic maven with a large fam­ily to sup­port.

Writer-di­rec­tor Ni­cholas Stoller con­trives some spo­rad­i­cally hi­lar­i­ous se­quences in­clud­ing a hal­lu­cino­genic brawl at a Las Ve­gas casino, and the songs and mu­sic videos for Al­dous and Jackie Q are a foul-mouthed de­light.

How­ever, he also pads out the run­ning time with dull in­ter­ludes such as Al­dous’ re­union with his fa­ther (Meaney) and a three­some in­volv­ing Daphne that leaves us feel­ing un­com­fort­able.

Like the LP which takes the lus­tre off Al­dous’s glit­ter­ing ca­reer, Get Him To The Greek hits too many bum notes.


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