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Movie Review Shallow ‘Greek’ full of stereotypes

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Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:30 am

Stereotypical, out-of-control rock star Aldous Snow brings his outrageous band Infant Sorrow back to the big screen in "Get Him to the Greek."

We first met him in the hilarious "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Aldous (Russell Brand) is now married to the beautiful Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), who joins him in singing such delights as "African Child."

The two break up after turning to a sober life, and record company intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is tasked with bringing Aldous back to the states for a 10-year anniversary show recreating his much-touted Greek Theater performance.

Russell Brand seems to play the same character over and over again, whether he's acting or hosting an awards show. He's a a self-indulgent, misogynistic, egomaniac. He's good at it, but what else can he do?

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs plays Sergio, the record executive who asks Aaron to fly to London and accompany Aldous to a Today Show screening and L.A.'s Greek Theater. Sergio is a stereotypical, rich executive who believes anything must be done to bring Aldous to his show, whether that involves hiding drugs or lying about how great Aldous' music is.

Why an intern has to bring a rock star to his own concert is a pretty unbelievable storyline. The results at times are funny, especially during the musical numbers, but the movie relies more on drinking, sex and bathroom humor that is so cliché.

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) is Daphne, Aaron's lovey-dovey girlfriend who just wants to watch Gossip Girl and sleep when she's not working her hectic job at the hospital.

It would have been nice to see more of the hilarious Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), who plays Matty, Aaron's co-worker.

Jackie Q is an interesting character who is making a musical name for herself performing raunchy hits a la Peaches who is also romantically linked to the stars, including Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

Will Aaron successfully bring the crazy rock star to his L.A. gig? Will Aldous make his comeback after the panned "African Child" album that critics said hurt Africans almost as much as apartheid? And will Aldous find meaning in his drug-fueled life?

The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller, who also directed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Stoller also co-wrote the film with movie and TV actor Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother).

It's entertaining, but stereotypical. "Get Him to the Greek" is sure to bring some laughs but don't expect too much depth from this spin-off.

"Get Him to the Greek"

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

Starring: Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Jonah Hill, Sean Combs, Elisabeth Moss

Running time: 107 minutes.

Grade: C+

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