8:00 PM, 25th September, 2010
The 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall contained a slew of riotous supporting characters but the break-out star was English stand-up comedian, author and charismatic all-round bad boy Russell Brand – playing the thinly veiled rock-star parody of himself, Aldous Snow. Get Him to the Greek is an unabashed spin-off from that film which puts Brand front and centre – to great effect.
The plot revolves around the hapless Aaron Green (Hill, inheritor of Seth Rogen’s lovable fat schlub crown) who has been tasked with just one goal by his music producer boss Sergio (a manically over the top Combs) – get Aldous Snow to the Greek theatre in LA in time for his big comeback show. The catches are; Snow has fallen off the wagon, has fallen out with his long-term model/pop star girlfriend Jackie Q (Rose Byrne); and is generally out of control in the way only English rock stars can be. The film is a classic odd couple/road movie formula put through Judd Apatow’s production house wringer – which means filthy jokes, pop culture riffs and rambling non sequiturs – sprinkled with an array of music industry cameos.
Surprisingly, the various addictions of Snow – drugs, alcohol, women – are not just played for laughs; issues of enabling and depression are dealt with in a honest manner. That said, the film is unashamedly a comedy and be it Aldous Snow’s horrendous ‘African Child’ film clip or watching Aaron Green freak out after smoking a ‘Jeffrey’, Get Him to the Greek keeps you laughing all the way to the show.
10:04 PM, 25th September, 2010
It sort of sucks when you fail to make the repayments on a fantastic 50 inch LCD screen and men in overalls come along and repossess said item. Imagine then the inconvenience of having your newly purchased eyeballs repossessed instead!
This is the set up for Repo Men (not Repo Man, nor Repo! The Genetic Opera although the similarities are amazing!). Based upon the novel “Repossession Mambo” (that’s right, THIS is based on a novel!), it’s the year 2025 and a corporation called The Union sells artificial organs to needy types. These organs are sold on credit to the hapless victim… err… patient. However, said credit holds a hefty interest rate. Therefore if the sad-sap cannot continue their payments after three months, a repo man is sent to the customer to… ahem… reclaim the property! Come on everybody, one two three… ewwwww…
Remy (Law) is a top-gun repo man, who partners with his old pal Jake (Whitaker) to collect overdue accounts. This line of work strains his relationship with his wife (especially when a repossession occurs outside his house) and ultimately his body, as he soon finds himself in a situation where he needs to acquire an artificial heart, and so the wackiness ensues…
This seems to be an attempt to rough up pretty boy Jude Law’s film image a bit. This over the top gore thriller is a predictable romp, but it’s worth going along to see such fantastic actors engaged in B movie exploits. I’d give my left arm to go see it!