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.