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At The Movies with Peter Clease: Get Him to the Greek

"Get Him to the Greek" will, no doubt, propel its audience into two, separate directions: the laughers and the offended.

"Get Him to the Greek" will, no doubt, propel its audience into two, separate directions: the laughers and the offended. If you are prone to subtle, witty humour, while taking issue with raunchiness for the sake of raunchiness, then this movie may leave you cold. Open, participant audiences, on the other hand, will regard "Get Him to the Greek" as escapist fun; indeed, they will find its fresh spunkiness endearing. But most of all, its defenders will revel in laughter, as part of a chain of laughs, which will undoubtedly be connected to the few chaps who dare not tread in those laughs, but who will later feel the need to join in the mirth.

The setup is simple enough: Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), a successful rocker, after a string of hits, releases his musical black sheep, entitled African Child, which is a critical and commercial disaster, effectively ending his career. Snow later turns to drugs and alcohol, and his girlfriend leaves him, with his son--all played to comic effect, I might add. When a talent scout, named Aaron Green (Jonah Hill), proposes that his agency resurrect Snow's career, for a mass marketed event, Green and Snow see themselves flung from London to Los Angeles. However, there a few stops in the middle, as Snow puts Green through the wringer, which includes a possible rape, an uncomfortable drug cover-up and plenty of other, meaty, hilarious scenarios.

Yes, this most refreshing of comedies is neither politically correct, nor particularly insightful, but because of this frank, uncompromising style, it is all the more funny. Brand and Hill deserve the brunt of the credit, for it is their comedic chemistry and byplay that amounts to the film's success. The one liners, jokes and gags consistently work, and while laughing, you may find yourself laughing as you recall a particularly funny one liner, joke or gag, as I did. Of course, there are a few filmic flaws: the direction is uninspired; the dramatic elements fall flat, and as they do, the audience must wait, impatiently, for the upcoming hilarity. But this is a comedy--a comedy that, in terms of laughs, is an upgrade over "The Hangover." Are you sold?

3.5 out of 5 popcorns.

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