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Get Him to the Greek also known as “Männertrip,” “Lohista ta lavale”

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language.

Reviewed by: Daniel Thompson

Extremely Offensive
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1 hr. 49 min.
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June 4, 2010 (wide)
DVD: September 28, 2010
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Featuring: Jonah Hill (Aaron Green), Russell Brand (Aldous Snow), Tom Felton (Himself), Katy Perry (Herself), Rose Byrne (Jackie Q), Elisabeth Moss (Daphne Binks), Aziz Ansari, Christina Aguilera (Herself), Colm Meaney (Jonathan Snow), Sean “P. Diddy” Combs (Sergio Roma), Sterling Cooper (Red Cross), Pink (Herself), Kali Hawk (Chantal), Lars Ulrich (Himself), Meredith Vieira (Herself), more »
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Producer: Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Spyglass Entertainment, Apatow Productions, Judd Apatow, David Bushell, Phil Eisen, Rodney Rothman, Jason Segel, Richard Vane
Distributor: Universal Pictures

“Aaron Green has 72 hours to get a Rock Star from London to L.A. Pray for him.”

About two years ago a movie was released called “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” It was a gross out romantic comedy produced by Judd Apatow, the reigning king of that particular genre with credits such as “Knocked Up,” “Super Bad,” and “Funny People.” Apatow has produced another film from the director and writer of “…Marshall” called “Get Him to the Greek,” a spinoff film that takes a supporting character from “…Marshall” and makes an entire movie around him. The results are more of the same: a hard ‘R’ comedy but this time with a bit more of a sweet center.

The plot revolves around Aaron Green (Jonah Hill), who works for a struggling record company and has the bright idea of bringing back one time legendary English rocker Alduous Snow (Russell Brand) for a 10 year reunion concert at The Greek theatre in Los Angeles. Snow has been off the wagon for a while, turning to drugs and alcohol after releasing a bomb of an album and losing his long term girlfriend. Aaron’s boss Sergio (Sean Combs) tells him that he must go to England and retrieve Alduous, bringing him to the theatre on time for his concert.

“Get Him to the Greek” offers several staples from the world of Judd Apatow. including plenty of inappropriate behavior. The lead roles are played by two actors who usually play supporting roles in other films, but they do a serviceable job with the extra screen time. The most successful comic moments in the film come from Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as record company president Sergio Roma. Combs proves to have excellent comic timing, and his role is clearly patterned after the profane turn by Tom Cruise in “Tropic Thunder,” a role for which he received several nominations.

The two main characters in the film couldn’t be more different. Aaron is in a committed relationship with his long time girlfriend, while Snow lives with a “devil may care” attitude. Their lifestyles clash in their whirlwind weekend together. This does lead to some rather humorous “fish out of water” moments, but that’s not the main source of “humor” in the film.

That source would be a weekend that results in copious amounts of gratuitous sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. In their three days together. Snow has sex with multiple women, makes Aaron smuggle heroin for him, gives him a mixture of drugs with which to experiment, and also treats him to some absinthe. All of this is portrayed for a comic effect or to show the cool, out of control lifestyle of a real rocker.

After sitting through over an hour of such debauchery, I couldn’t wait for this film to be over. That’s probably why I almost fell out of my chair when I witnessed one of the better redemptive messages I’ve seen from a movie of this kind. As Snow hits rock bottom, he starts to bargain to regain control of his life, saying he could quit specific abuses of his. One character in the movie says the line, “You can make anything heroin, Alduous”, pointing to the fact that Snow has moved from one vice to another and quitting anything specific would only be a surface solution to a much deeper problem. A complete change in lifestyle is needed, and one occurs. Snow realizes that he can no longer live the way he has been and makes a 180 degree turn around.

It’s a fantastic message, but there are two problems. One is that there are much better ways to showcase a great message with somewhat milder content. More importantly, the message becomes more than just a little bit hypocritical to the audience when they have just been asked to laugh hysterically at something, then are told how terrible that thing actually is.

So what does this all mean? It certainly means that the content of “Get Him to the Greek” is extreme and isn’t for most. It also means that there is a brief moment of positive reflection amidst all of the filth. Does that make it worth the Christian viewer’s time? Not likely. I can say that it puts this film miles ahead of films like “The Hangover”, “Hot Tub Time Machine”, and “MacGruber” which have immorality just for the sake of immorality. That doesn’t mean it gets a pass for its content or an endorsement by this reviewer, but it does give us as Christians a point of redemption that we can use to point non Christian viewers to the Gospel.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

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Positive—I went to see this movie with my church group (it was majority ruled and the pastors had no clue what it was, going in), and almost everyone hated it. The only people who seemed to truly appreciate it for what it was—a raunchy comedy with a lot of offensive content—were my youth pastors, one other student and I. All the females (besides myself) who went talked about how we should have walked out, and demanded our money back, etc. but what struck me was that they walked into the movie knowing exactly what it was. It’s one of those movies where you know you shouldn’t laugh, but it’s too funny to not.

I’ll be honest. The entire movie is awful. Several lines were blasphemous, where you’re just like “whaaaaat! Did he really just say that?!”, and the sexual content was extremely awkward. Especially when you’re sitting next to your forty year old youth pastor. The f-word was almost every other word, and one man gets “raped” by a female. Drugs and alcohol are continuous, but not necessarily glorified.

However, if you can get past all that then the lessons are good, and it’s humorous. Just don’t think of all the time you waste and brain cells you lose by watching it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jenny, age 18 (USA)
Neutral—While Get Him to the Greek is filled with objectionable content(some of it going too far) the actions taken by Aldous Snow are not glorified. I found a lot of the film hilarious but in a hard edged way. The saying “I laughed so that I did not cry” applies to this film with a vengeance. Snow isn’t portrayed as an evil man but a sad man who is lonely and whose sleeping around and drugging is an attempt to fill this whole in his life. He isn’t a happy man, but thinks he is and pushes his vices on Aaron because (a) he wants company in his misery and (b) he thinks, in his misguided state of mind, that he is doing a good thing.

Several scenes made me laugh. For example, several lines by Sean Combs were very funny. Also, the scene where Aaron ensures Snow’s sobriety for his Today show appearance by using up all his drugs and booze worked because of the irony. Some of the lyrics of the rock songs are hilarious.

But throughout the film I never thought the film was glamorizing this lifestyle. Aaron although taking part in it is exasperated by Snow’s actions and is only enjoying himself when he is too blitzed to even understand what is happening to him. While this isn’t a Christian movie I don’t feel it glamorizes debauchery, and I was happy when Snow is finally able to clean up his act and Aaron realizes that being with the woman he loves is worth any number of cheap sexual encounters.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Andrew, age 34 (USA)
Negative—Please don’t make the same mistake I made by watching this film. I went to see this movie with a friend who is not a believer, and am pretty sure I ruined a lot of opportunities to witness because what “Christian” would pay to see this film. The sexual content alone should be horrifying to anyone trying to follow Christ (not even a hint of sexual perversion the Bible says). I’m generally not an uptight guy, but I was disappointed in myself for not walking out of the theatre. DO NOT GO! There are much better films that will make you laugh just as much.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Mike, age 25 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—Honestly, people think just because it has sexual content, drug use, and bad language “Get Him To The Greek” is a bad film; I disagree. I watched this movie last year (and again since then), and I find this movie very enjoyable because it’s REAL. Aldous Snow (played by the fantastic Russell Brand) is a man whom is trying to fix his life by doing drugs, sleeping around, and what not. He thinks this is making him happy, when he knows that it isn’t. This movie teaches us (especially at the end) that even though we may seem like we’re happy we really aren’t.

In the end, he gets back on track which is a great thing. This movie is good for high school students who are mature enough to see the good behind the bad.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Bethany, age 16 (USA)