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Get Him to the Greek (3/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 109 minutes.
Not for children.
When we exited the
screening, I asked my friend for her number. She thought awhile and
said, ďIím trying to think if thereís anything there that deserves a
number,Ē and that about sums up another deplorable Judd Apatow-produced
attack on humor.
The film, written and
directed by Nicholas Stoller, about an internís (Jonah Hill) attempt to
get an outrageous rocker (Russell Brand, reprising his role as Aldous
Snow in 2008ís Forgetting Sarah Marshall) from England to a
concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, is replete with crude
language, vomit, prolific drug use, infidelity, and generally low class
manners and morals, all Apatow staples.
While my friend gave it a
zero, I did think the film had a few redeeming values. For one thing,
the production values are first class, as is the color and
cinematography. The concert scenes are very good, and Brandís acting,
which was the only thing that was enjoyable about Sarah Marshall,
also directed by Stoller, is also very good here, although he does get
tiresome in a movie that is far too long. Although, thinking about it,
five minutes would have been too long. Finally, Elisabeth Moss as Hillís
live in girl friend and Rose Byrne as Brandís girl friend both give good
performances. However, the pairing of the attractive Moss and the
obscenely fat, unshaven and untidy Hill as lovers is a bit hard to
I thought that with the
enjoyable Funny People and Year One last year Apatow had
discarded his attempt to lower humor to the lowest gutter available, and
had finally started making thoughtful films about and for adults;
apparently not. While it's possible that the low,
high-school-boys-intellect at which you aim your films, Judd, will make
this film a lot of money, f-bombs and vomit are not humor. Grow up and
start making films for mature people with IQs over 50.
June 2, 2010