Get Him to the Greek

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Original buddy comedy is full of drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 107 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Ultimately Aldous' raucous lifestyle is exposed as empty, shallow, and lonely. Aldous needs Aaron to help him see what a gift his talent is, and that he needs to stop his self-destructive tendencies and return to his musical roots. But of course, all these positives are hidden beneath a movie that shows drinking and drug use, as well as random sex in a funny light -- sending some mixed messages to kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aldous and his ex-wife Jackie are pretty terrible role models. They're selfish, narcissistic, and make self-destructive decisions until the very end of the movie. Most of the characters in this comedy are negative role models, in fact, except for Aaron and Daphne, who themselves make questionable choices for their relationship...until the very end. Sean Combs' record exec character plays bad guy by day, but one scene shows him as a devoted family man he really is.

Violence

Compound fracture, anyone? A character falls off a roof, into a pool, and has a compound fracture that is bleeding heavily. This fall is a quasi-suicide attempt that is played for laughs, though with a dark edge. A father and son initiate a throw-down fist-to-fist brawl with furniture thrown, instruments smashed, and more. Loud arguments and foot-chase scenes.

Sex

Although there is not as much full-blown nudity as in other hard-R movies, there are lots of discussions about sex and scenes that show semi-clothed couples having raucous, exaggerated sex -- on bathroom toilets, couches, and beds. One scene involves a woman using a sex toy (visible) on a male character against his will that results in him wondering if he's been raped. A threesome occurs during which a man is under sheets, obviously performing oral sex on a woman. In another scene, Aldous performs oral sex on Jackie and asks her to return the favor. Aldous is shown making out with random women in a nightclub.

Language

A lot of strong language, including the most scandalous of words "c--t" and "motherf--ker." Lots and lots of "f--k," "dick," "bitch," "asshole," "twat," "cock," and more. Two instances of the "N word" said by an African American. 

Consumerism

Many product placements and brands mentioned, discussed or shown, including TMZ.com, Rolling Stone magazine, Extra TV, HBO, Facebook, NIke Air Jordans, 8 Mile, Apple, Today Show, Gossip Girl, and more. Celebrities who cameo as themselves or are otherwise featured include Lars Ulrich, Meredith Viera, Pink, Derek Jeter, Billy Bush, Mario Lopez, Zoe Salmon, Kurt Loder, Christina Aguilera, and Tom Felton.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It's in no way surprising, considering that the protagonist is a notorious drug addict, that there's a tremendous amount of substance use and abuse in the movie. There's a lot of drinking -- everything from champagne to beer to absinthe and all drinks in between --  to excess (vomiting scenes included). Most drug scenes are limited to marijuana use and heroine smuggling, and there's cigarette smoking to boot. Several discussions are about drug addiction, rehab, being sober, etc. Despite some serious drug problems, it's all played for laughs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is a spinoff of Forgetting Sarah Marshall focusing on that comedy's breakout character, musician Aldous Snow. This is yet another hard-R comedy produced by Judd Apatow's comedy machine, including his protege Jason Segel. Like in Sarah Marshall, the Snow character (and everyone around him) curses up a storm and acts like a substance-abusing narcissist who only thinks of partying and having sex. There is lots and lots of strong language (nearly every scene has an F-bomb in it), drinking to excess (vomit included), smoking marijuana, smuggling heroine, and having or talking about sex (including a woman-on-man rape scene played for laughs), threesomes, and venereal diseases. On a positive note, the movie does conclude that a rock star lifestyle is shallow and insignificant, and that it's the creation and performing of music that should be meaningful to an artist -- not the stuff and the partying. Parents should know that this review refers to the R-rated version -- the unrated version pushes all the limits even further.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStephanie04 May 28, 2010

strictly not for kids

strictly not for kids, but us adults could indeed enjoy this movie, i think i've watched it's trailer for a lot of times more than 10 most likely Rus... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 year old Written byandersse June 20, 2010

Probably things your teen has already seen, but be cautious

I enjoyed it as an adult who likes sophomoric male comedies, but I think it's not appropriate for kids under 17 or so. It depends on how much experience yo... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 16, 2010
Kid, 11 years old July 9, 2011

Pretty Good!

I though, am only 11, but mature enough to handle this kind of nature. It has swearing, sexuality, some violence, mabey a little more swearing and sexuality- bu... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GET HIM TO THE GREEK Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is an assistant at the fictional Pinnacle Records, where executive Sergio Roma (Sean Combs) needs a killer idea to turn a much-needed profit. The only pitch with any promise is Aaron's idea to stage a 10th anniversary concert of rocker Aldous Snow's (Russell Brand, reprising his unforgettable Forgetting Sarah Marshall role) legendary show at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. Disgraced since his last album, African Child, flopped and his marriage to singer Jackie Q (Rose Byrne) fell apart, Snow agrees, and Aaron is sent on a 72-hour mission to fetch him in London and bring him to the States for a promotional tour culminating in the big concert. Along the way, Aaron gets caught up in Aldous' crazy lifestyle and ends up partying like a rock star himself. On their transatlantic, cross-country adventure, the mostly wasted odd couple ends up unexpectedly bonding (a little too much) and becoming good friends.

Is it any good?

For parents and teens nearly old enough to vote who enjoy Apatow's school of comedy, this is a laugh-aloud pick. Apatow's comedy disciples are a talented bunch, and director Nicholas Stoller and producer Jason Segel made a brilliant decision to spinoff Aldous Snow and Jonah Hill (although he doesn't play the same character) for this hilarious and surprisingly poignant buddy comedy. Brand was born to play the larger-than-life narcissistic rocker who deep down just wants a hug and an honest friend, and Hill is just the actor to pull off the fanboy record-label peon who desperately wants his favorite musician to return to artistic glory. Brand and Hill's Odd Couple rapport is spot on, and although their trip to the Greek takes a bit too many turns at the end (it felt a good 20 minutes overlong), it's their chemistry that makes the crazy comedy work.

Like in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Snow's group Infant Sorrow sings original songs like "Bangers, Beans and Mash," "The Clap," and "Furry Walls," all of which are ridiculously funny -- albeit cringe-inducing --  and strangely believable rock songs. The songs are one of the highlights of the film, as is the opening making-of video of Snow's horribly misguided and offensive album African Child, in which he depicts himself as a white African Jesus. Underneath all of the fake songs and general debauchery, however, is a story about unlikely friendships, fulfillment, and grown-up, committed relationships. Elisabeth Moss is sweet (and a bit naughty) as Aaron's hardworking-doctor girlfriend Daphne, and Combs was perfectly cast as the record-label millionaire with a gift for "mind f--king" people -- think Yoda.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the filmmakers portray the music industry, celebrity culture, and rock stars in this movie. When celebrities' lifestyles are poked fun at, is it the stars themselves being lampooned or the audiences who are obsessed with them?

  • What's the movie's message about drinking and getting high day after day? Aldous seems to look at life as one giant party, but is he fulfilled? Why not? What's missing from his life?

  • What did you think of the Get Him to the Greek trailer? Did it give you a realistic idea of what the movie was going to be about? Did you watch the red-band trailer or the mainstream one? What's your opinion about red-band trailers being so easily accessible to kids?

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