Find out after the jump if it's worth parting with your hard-earned cash to see... Get Him To The Greek (15)
Starring: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Sean Combs, Rose Byrne
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Running time: 109 minutes
Trailer: Watch it here
In a nutshell: Remember Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the comedy where a dumped Jason Segel goes on holiday to cheer himself up, only to be confronted with his ex and her new, famous, sex-addicted rock star boyfriend? Well now the boyfriend, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), is back in this giddy spinoff. Also back from Forgetting Sarah Marshall is Jonah Hill, albeit in a different role, this time as a junior record executive who is tasked by his boss (Sean Combs) to go fetch Aldous from London, and bring him to Los Angeles for a comeback gig at the Greek Theatre. Easy, right?
What's good about it? It's too early to tell whether Brand will go on to a rich and varied career as a film actor, but one thing's for sure: Aldous, a character he pretty much created himself, is a role he was born to play. One day we'll tire of his arcane vernacular, chemically stimulated misbehaviour and spoilt-child selfishness, but, right now, it's a funny formula. Superbad's Hill proves a likeable everyman amid the mayhem, as he struggles to fulfil his mission, via New York chatshow appearance and unscheduled Las Vegas stopover. Combs, aka P Diddy, is game as the music mogul who finally takes matters into his own hands; and Rose Byrne, who has been wasted these past years in dull roles in the likes of Troy and Knowing, finally shows what she's capable of as Aldous' recovering-addict ex-wife.
What's not so good? A little of Aldous goes a long way, and the humour does get a tad repetitive. Backers Universal would be advised to call time now on the character, although Combs' label boss Sergio could conceivably sustain his own spinoff.
Verdict: Thanks to the World Cup, there's been virtually nothing worth seeing at the cinema for the whole month of June, and it's no surprise that last weekend box-office takings slumped to their lowest levels for over five years. Get Him To The Greek is no comedy masterpiece but, right now, we're just grateful for a film worth paying to see.
Rating: 7 out of 10