Friday, June 11, 2010

Review: Get Him to the Greek

Sean "Puffy" Combs. Puff Daddy. P Diddy. Diddy. Puffy. No matter what you call the guy, he completely steals the show in Get Him to the Greek. He's not a great thespian by any means, but he has an absolute knack for delivering funny lines with a straight face. P Diddy is worth the price of admission alone.

The film, produced by the great Judd Apatow, tells the story of fictional rock-god Aldus Snow (made famous by the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as he attempts to make a career comeback by playing a gig at the famous Greek Theater in L.A.. Russell Brand reprises his Sarah Marshall role by once again playing Snow. Brand really is a funny weird dude and steps up to the plate in his first staring turn. There's something silly and comical about a British guy throwing out words you don't quite understand every now and then. The sidekick role is filled by rotund funnyman Jonah Hill (from Superbad fame). Hill's reaction shots are priceless as he places a straight laced career-minded guy who's trying to get Aldus Snow to travel from London to L.A. to perform at the Greek. Unlike some of his other roles, Hill is very understated here and I think it brings out his best performance. He's very believable and his chemistry with Brand and Diddy is natural.

P Diddy is totally shot out of a cannon in this movie. All of his scenes are performed with such bravado that you really believe he's this serious music industry mogul (named Sergio) who has 6 kids and pushes everyone he has contact with to the limit. Let's be honest, it's not much of a stretch for Sean Combs to play a rich music executive, but Diddy plays the role so over the top that it completely works. He had me slapping my knee and literally almost falling out of my seat. I am not exaggerating. There's one scene in the film where the main stars are tripping on drugs (if you don't want to see drugs, sex, alcohol and profanity you shouldn't be seeing this by the way). One of the characters hallucinates and sees Diddy's head floating around eating mini Diddy heads. Yeah it sounds bizarre, but it is fricking hysterical. I know the Academy won't be thinking about Combs come Oscar-time but seeing that they honored Robert Downey Jr. for a similar scene-stealing role in Tropic Thunder, I'd like to see them give Puffy some love.

Originally I was planing on giving this film 4 JR's but after sleeping on it I feel that rating would really not be doing justice to Diddy's performance, not to mention the great script and overall excellent ensemble comedic acting in the movie. Therefore Get Him to the Greek gets a very solid 4.5 out of 5 JR's and sits at the top of the list for comedies in 2010. I can see myself buying this one on Bluray eventually. It's the kind of film that would still be funny when watched during multiple viewings. I highly recommend it if you enjoy the whole R-rated Apatow-style comedy scene.

1 comment:

Mommy, Esq. said...

The commercials are funny so I want to see it. But with Josie in the mix I think it will have to wait until it comes out on DVD.