November 3, 2010

#104: Get Him To The Greek (6/10)

Any time you start a movie you have expectations for what you are about to get into. Whether you want to or not, you are going to judge the actual film against what you expected.  With Get Him To The Greek I expected a comedy is similar Apatow fashion.  It provided that in some ways, but as the movie progressed it got further and further away from the funny.  It didn't make me laugh nearly as much as I thought it would, but it wasn't all bad. I give it a 6 out of 10.

Your enjoyment of this film will depend on your affinity for Russell Brand.  I quite like him, which made this movie much easier to watch.  I can't imagine anybody making it to the end if you can't stand the guy.  I also like Johah Hill, but I didn't think he was great in this one.  There is also a major role played by DIDDY.  I wasn't sure how well Mr. Combs would pull it off, but I thought he did a great job.  He is a good actor.

Everything about this film would make you believe it is a comedy. It starts out very much like a comedy, and sets us up by delivering fairly generic jokes from the start. As it goes on it starts to change.  Russell Brand comes on screen and the jokes start to change.  The situations are still funny, but they become increasingly awkward.  The comedy slowly dissolves into something you aren't sure you should be laughing at. Then towards the end it becomes something you are decidedly not laughing at.  They seem to still be trying for jokes, but nothing about it makes you want to laugh at these people anymore.

If they were really hoping to be funny from beginning to end they I think they failed.  However, it was interesting how they were able to make the transition. I started out laughing at these people. Then I gradually started  feeling bad for laughing at these people. I wasn't conscious of it at the time.  This went from okay comedy to a fairly sad hackneyed attempt at making jokes.  Some may consider the last 30 minutes of this film a complete failure.  I am not sure they were trying to succeed.

I say see this one.  If you are in the mood for a comedy you might be disappointed by what you get with Get Him To The Greek.

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