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Trolls

Posted in Movie Reviews, Animation, Family with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Inspired by the beloved troll dolls that have entertained kids for decades, this animated tale follows the always-happy Princess Poppy and her grouchy survivalist companion Branch as they embark on a journey that takes them into an unfamiliar world.

What people are saying:

“combines the barely-there characterization and irritating cutesiness of The Smurfs and Jelly Jamm with the hideous character design and awful pop covers of Strange Magic” 3 stars

“”Trolls” combines dreadful kindergarten humor (one troll poops cupcakes) with a feeble plot, much padded with high-fructose-corn-syrup versions of pop and R&B classics.” 1 1/2 stars

“Cute and colorful with some great voice work from an all-star cast and some of the dialogue is definitely geared towards the adults in the audience. The synthesized music gets a bit cloying after a while and the nod to Cinderella is…well…what it is. As it goes it’s decent family entertainment” 3 1/2 stars

“What a perfect example of this stupid generation I’m apart of. All the millionnials who don’t know how to do anything useful and they think as long as their happy life is good when there’s so much more to it than that.
Reminds me of all the people I hate.” 1 1/2 stars

“Wow, I was not expecting this to be this good. It’s bright, colorful, vivid, trippy, and the songs chosen for the musical numbers (That’s right, this is a musical featuring mostly 20th-21st century pop hits plus some original songs as well.) are fantastic. The story is pretty simple, and the whole thing kind of reminds me of a 90’s Saturday morning cartoon updated for the modern day. Anna Kendrick was my favorite voice actor here, and is bubbly, cute and adorable. Trolls is a painless, enjoyable film” 3 stars

Rock of Ages

Posted in Movie Reviews, Musicals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The movie opens with a voiceover of Lonny (Brand) introducing Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) at the Bourbon Room, a rock ’n’ roll venue and nightclub on Sunset Boulevard (“Paradise City”). In 1987, Sherrie Christian (Hough) travels to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a famous singer, while barback Drew Boley (Boneta) prepares for another night of work at The Bourbon Room (“Sister Christian/Just Like Paradise/Nothin’ But A Good Time”). As Sherrie approaches The Bourbon, her suitcase is stolen, including her prized records. Seeing the incident, Drew tries to catch the robber, but fails. He comforts Sherrie and, upon learning of her situation, he gets her a job at the Bourbon Room as a waitress.

The club’s owner, Dennis Dupree (Baldwin), and his right-hand man, Lonny Barnett (Brand), are trying to find a way to deal with unpaid taxes that threaten the club, wishing their love of rock ‘n’ roll could keep it alive. Drew and Sherrie go to a Tower Records store and confess their dreams of becoming famous (“Jukebox Hero/I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”). In hopes of raising enough money to clear up their debt, Dennis and Lonny finally decide to book Stacee Jaxx, a famous rock star preparing for his final gig with his band Arsenal, to perform at the Bourbon, where he started. Upon hearing of Stacee’s upcoming concert, Patricia Whitmore (Zeta-Jones), the religiously conservative wife of Mayor Mike Whitmore (Cranston), organizes her church to protest in front of the Bourbon Room, planning to shut them down in an attempt to rid L.A. of its “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” image (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”). However, Patricia’s real motive is revenge, as she once was attracted to Stacee Jaxx.

Drew and Sherrie’s relationship progresses and they start to fall in love(“Waiting for a Girl Like You”). Drew admitting he has started writing a song for Sherrie. On the night of the show, Dennis learns that Arsenal’s opening act has cancelled its appearance and Sherrie convinces him to use Drew and his band, “Wolfgang Von Colt.” Drew then confesses his feelings for Sherrie while Stacee’s manager (“More Than Words/Heaven”), Paul Gill (Giamatti), schedules an interview between Stacee and Constance Sack (Akerman), a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine, before the concert. She mentions the rumors that Stacee is difficult to work with and that he was actually kicked out of Arsenal, but Jaxx claims that his life is much more complicated than it appears to be (“Wanted Dead or Alive”). He seduces her, and they are close to having sex (“I Want to Know What Love Is”) when one of his arrogant comments convinces her that it would be a mistake and causes her to leave.

While Drew is waiting to go on stage, he mistakes Sherrie’s apologies to Stacee for having broken his Scotch bottle as an admission that they had sex, causing him to perform in a rage that the audience loves (“I Wanna Rock”). He breaks up with her and leaves with Gill after he offers to make Drew famous. Stacee Jaxx later takes the stage in front of an ecstatic crowd (“Pour Some Sugar on Me”). Sherri thinks that fame changed Drew and she quits (“Harden My Heart”). She struggles to find a job while Drew learns, much to his chagrin, that he must change his rock star image into that of a boy band in order to get investors (“Here I Go Again”). Justice Charlier (Blige), the owner of a local strip club called “The Venus Club”, takes Sherrie under her wing, allowing her to work in the club as a waitress (“Shadows of the Night/Harden My Heart”). However, she is told that in order to gain respect and make more money, she must “get on the pole.” Justice teaches her the essentials of being an exotic dancer while Drew is transformed into a supposed pop legend (“Any Way You Want It”). Stacee learns from Constance’s article that Gill had stolen the proceeds from the show at the Bourbon Room and terminates his employment with him, as he and Dennis are close friends and “rock brothers.” Gill then plans to have another concert at the Bourbon Room to introduce Drew’s new band, “Z Guyeezz” to earn profit from them. Knowing that the Dennis will not trust him anymore, he lies that Stacee Jaxx will be the one who will have the concert. Dennis believed him and spread the news in order to attract rock fans.

In a scene from the extended version, Stacce shows up at the Venus Club and offers Sherrie $10,000 for a lap dance (“Rock You Like A Hurricane”). While the dance starts off professionally, it quickly devolves into a lust filled tango; resulting in Sherrie and Stacce realizing that neither of them have feelings for each other.

A depressed Drew visits the Hollywood sign, where he finds Sherrie, who reveals both that she didn’t have sex with Stacee and that she is going back to Oklahoma. Sherrie and Drew lament the situation while Stacee realizes he has feelings for Constance (“Every Rose Has Its Thorn”). He calls The Rolling Stone in an attempt to find his “Cinderella,” but the employee tells Stacee that she is covering Stacee Jaxx’s show at The Bourbon Room and Stacee, unaware that he was supposed to perform, rushes to the venue. Drew has found all of Sherrie’s stolen records at the Tower Records that they first visited together. He buys them back and drops them off for her at the strip club.

That night, before Drew’s boy band’s first solo show at the Bourbon, Patricia and her supporters square off against Stacee’s enthusiasts, led by Lonny (“We Built This City/We’re Not Gonna Take It”). When Stacee arrives, he seems to remember Patricia and greets her as “Patty.” Lonny also recognizes her from photo art inside one of Arsenal’s old records, and exposes her as a former groupie of Arsenal, and a hypocrite, in front of everyone. Stacee enters the club and finds Constance, and professes his love for her. He also has his security return the stolen money to Dennis, who uses it to pay the taxes and save the club.

Drew’s boy band starts the show (“Undercover Love”) but the rocker crowd boos their pop/hip-hop, and Drew, spotting Sherrie in the audience, leaves the stage. The two reconcile and Drew also dismisses the greedy and sell-out Gill, proclaiming that rock ‘n’ roll will never die. Stacee’s baboon then punches Gill as he opposes. Sherrie reunites Wolfgang Von Colt for the opening act, where Drew performs the song he wrote for her (“Don’t Stop Believing”). Stacee hears the song and seems to be moved by it. Eight months later, Stacee, who has rejoined Arsenal, performs the song with Drew and Sherrie, who is now part of Wolfgang Von Colt (now named simply, Von Colt), in an arena, in front of a crowd that includes Dennis, Lonny, Justice, a pregnant Constance, and Patricia, whose humiliation at exposure as a hypocrite has sent her back to her rock ‘n’ roll persona.

REVIEW:

Music today just doesn’t have the same impact (or talent) that it did back in the 80s. I think that is why Rock of Ages was initially written for the Broadway stage. Now, that love letter to the real music of that era gone by is a major motion picture.

What is this about?

In the 1980s, Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Strip is pulsing to a beat that attracts waitress Sherrie and busboy Drew, who fall in love and chase fame while working at the Bourbon Room, a club catering to rock royalty like Stacee Jaxx.

What did I like?

Music. As a musician and child of the 80s, it is almost a no-brainer that the music was going to be a major focal point for me. Recreating such major hits as “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Sister Christian”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, just to name a few. What really surprised me is how these songs actually fit. Sure, this comes off as a generic musical, what with how people just burst randomly into song, but who doesn’t love the classics from the 80s?

Brand. I have been rather harsh of Russell Brand in the past. The fact is, his schtick only works when he’s playing a certain type of character, such as Aldous Huxley from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. Allowing him to be a British bartender/manager (not really sure what his job title really is) pretty much allowed him to be himself, and this character was the better for it.

Direction. The way this film was conceived really transports the audience back to the 80s, when rock and roll rules the airwaves, influenced everything about people’s lives, and pissed off the more conservative types. It takes quite the eye to accomplish that task, and this director, who also was responsible for Hairspray, mind you, really has one.

What didn’t I like?

Plot. As great as the music is, it can’t cover up this paper thin plot. The cliché girl from the midwest moving to L.A. hoping to be a big star, the protesting “old people”, the rock star who may or may not still have, the young star who is too good for the job he has, etc. All these are elements we’ve seen before, but the writers decided to put them all together in this work. I dare you to take the music out and watch this and see if you can bear to watch. I can almost guarantee you’ll turn it off after the first 5-10 minutes.

Huff. Julianne Hough left Dancing with the Stars a few years ago to pursue what I seem to remember her saying was going to be a sure thing as both an actress and singer, as he was going to be the next Ginger Rogers. Hough can dance and she has a pretty face, but that’s about it. As we saw in Burlesque and now this, her acting leaves much to be desired. This is a character that has some innocence and depth, but I felt nothing from her other than her boyfriend got her this job (not to mention the ladies that were up for it both had bigger projects to do).

Godmother. I’m glad to see Mary J. Blige in a major motion picture, but I can’t say that I’m a fan of this character. First off, this seems to be nothing more than a fairy godmother and, while she may not be a top-notch actress, I felt as if she is much better than this. Second, this is a character that really wasn’t given much to do other than singing some runs and add some soul to these songs while everyone else was singing it straight.

Stray. I haven’t seen the original show, but it is my understanding that they made quite a few changes to bring this to the big screen. I am never a fan of changing things from stage to screen, unless absolutely necessary. This notion of cutting songs, though it maybe have been time or copyright reasons, does not work for me, and neither does switching around the order of the songs and adding new characters.

Rock of Ages is a film that has me a tad bit confused. On the one hand, this is pure 80s fun, but on the other hand, the film itself isn’t that great. So, with that in mind, I have to say it is a good thing I decided to wait until it was released on DVD, rather than seeing it in theaters, but I think it is a good watch either way. I give this one a high recommendation, especially for fans of 80s music.

3 3/4 out of 5 stars

Despicable Me

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The film begins with the news revealing that an Egyptian pyramid was stolen. When super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) hears of this, his pride is wounded and he plans to pull the biggest heist of the century by stealing the Moon.

Gru tries to get a loan from the Bank of Evil (which a sign notes tongue-in-cheek was “Formerly Lehman Brothers”) and meets a young super-villain, Vector (Jason Segel), who annoys him. Bank president Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett) refuses to grant Gru the loan until he obtains the shrink ray necessary for the plan. Mr. Perkins tells Gru that he is getting too old and that new super-villains are younger and better, like Vector, who is revealed to be the one who stole the Pyramid of Giza.

Gru and his minions steal the shrink ray from a secret lab in East Asia, but Vector steals it from him and shrinks his ship. Gru attempts to get the shrink ray back from Vector’s lair, but all his attempts to enter the lair prove futile. After seeing three orphaned girls, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) enter the lair to sell cookies to Vector, Gru adopts the girls from Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig), the head of the orphanage, to use them to steal back the shrink ray. Gru has his assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) build robots disguised as cookies. He then has the girls sell the robots to Vector, and the robots help Gru steal the shrink ray.

On the way home the girls ask to go to an amusement park. Gru agrees, intending to leave the girls there. Instead, the attendant says he, as an adult, has to ride the roller coaster with them. Gru ends up having fun with the girls. Back at home, he presents his plan to Mr. Perkins via video. The girls keep interrupting him. Perkins again refuses to give him the loan, claiming that although he doesn’t have a problem with the plan, he just wants a younger villain to do it instead. Gru has a flashback of his childhood, depicting his wanting to go to the moon after seeing the first moon landing. When he tried to impress his mother (Julie Andrews) with models of the rocket (and an actual working one), she just ignored him. Mr. Perkins calls Vector (revealed to be his son, whose real name is Victor) to the Bank of Evil to inform him that Gru has the shrink ray. Vector reassures his father that he will get the Moon. Gru almost abandons his plan due to lack of funds, but the girls and the minions take up a collection to keep it going.

However, Gru has to make a choice, because the moon will be in the optimal position for the heist on the same day as the girls’ ballet recital. Dr. Nefario, seeing the girls as a distraction, contacts Miss Hattie, who arrives to take the girls back. Gru, the Minions, and the girls are heartbroken. Gru goes on with his plan and flies to the moon.

Gru successfully shrinks and pockets the Moon. Gru remembers the ballet recital and rushes to it. However, it has ended by the time he arrives. There, he finds a ransom note from Vector demanding the moon in exchange for the girls. After Gru hands over the moon, Vector reneges on the deal, keeping the girls and the moon. This enrages Gru, who storms Vector’s lair, this time successfully breaching the defenses. Vector flies off in an escape pod with the girls. Gru holds on to the exterior of the ship. He nearly falls to his death, but is rescued by Dr. Nefario piloting the same ship that Vector shrunk before. Nefario reveals that the bigger the object, the quicker the effects of the shrink ray wear off. Very soon, the moon begins to grow and roll around inside Vector’s ship, hurting him and freeing the girls. The girls see Gru outside of the ship, and Gru tells them to jump over to him. Edith and Agnes successfully make it onto the ship, but before Margo can jump, Vector grabs her. The moon rolls again and knocks Vector over, and Margo grabs onto Gru’s grappling hook. Gru rescues her with the help of his minions, while the rapidly-expanding Moon wrecks Vector’s controls, causing his ship to carry it back into orbit.

Gru and the girls settle down to live a happy life as a family and Vector is stranded on the Moon. The girls give a special ballet recital for Gru, his minions, and his mother, who finally tells him she is proud of him and acknowledges him to be the better parent. The music changes from Swan Lake to You Should Be Dancing, and everyone rushes on stage to dance as the film ends.

REVIEW:

It seemed like a year before this film was released there was always a new promo everywhere you looked. With that kind of push behind it, one would expect that Despicable Me would be the best thing since sliced bread, right? Well, I don’t know about all that, but it is pretty close.

Let me get the bad out of the way, first. Those 3 little girls! Sure, they add a “cuteness” factor and give Gru something to care for, but seriously, are they really necessary? I mean they ended up being nothing more than a distraction.

The next thing I had an issue with was the lack of villain, or rather lack of visible villains. This is minor issue, but it is an issue for me, nonetheless. There is this whole giant bank for villains to go to, yet we only see Gru and Vector. Where are the other villains?

My last qualm has to do with how these two seem to blend into normal neighborhoods, but it is quite obvious they don’t fit in. For goodness sakes, Gru freezes the entire line at the coffee shop just to get his coffee and muffin, and yet nothing is done about this. Of course, this can be filed under suspension of disbelief.

Now onto the good. This is some beautiful animation. I don’t know how the 3D worked for it, though. I wold imagine that the roller coaster scene and the minions playing as the credits roll are the only things that really took advantage of the technology, bt I could be wrong.

In contrast to the little girls, I loved the minions. Every villain has to have henchmen, and Gr has these mutated Twinkies in overalls. These little guys mumble in their own way, and yet are the most memorable characters in the film…even moreso than Gru.

Steve Carrell gives a Gru this great undetermined European accent that really works, and I would assume Julie Andrews was told to do the same for her character.

Jason Segel as Vector reminds me of Mandark from Dexter’s Laboratory, both in his look and mannerisms. I was half expecting him to do the nasally laugh.

Mr. Perkins, the bank manager seems to have been based on the boss from Dilbert, only they pumped him up and made him freakishly tall.

Russell Brand as the Dr. Nefario is pretty good, bt subdued for Brand. As the film was going on, I kept thinking to myself, I wonder what it would have been like if he had been the voice of Vector.

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed How to Train Your Dragon, and marveled at the brilliance in animation and the great story. Despicable Me isn’t as good as that particular film, but it is pretty close. This is one of those feel good family films that both kids and adults can enjoy.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

 

Get Him to the Greek

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) releases an album and an accompanying single “African Child”. The song and music video flops, is banned and called “the worst thing to happen to Africa since the apartheid” by NME. His girlfriend, Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), takes custody of their son, Naples, and leaves him; as a result, the formerly straight-edge Aldous hits rock bottom by drinking and doing drugs excessively once again.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is an idealistic young college graduate who works as a low-level talent scout at Pinnacle Records. He lives with his girlfriend, Daphne (Elisabeth Moss), a doctor in her internship. Pinnacle Records has lost a lot of money, so the head of the company, Sergio Roma (Sean “Diddy” Combs), asks for ideas. Green proposes to have Aldous Snow play at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for the tenth anniversary of a particularly famous performance there. One month later, he sends Aaron to London to retrieve Aldous. Before leaving, Aaron visits sleep-deprived Daphne at her hospital to tell her that he’ll be gone for a few days. She informs Aaron that she received a job offer at a hospital in Seattle and that they are moving there, where she will have a less hectic work schedule. Aaron doesn’t appreciate her making this decision without consulting him, which leads to an argument resulting in an implied break-up.

After retrieving Aldous from his apartment, Aaron tries desperately to control Aldous’ rambunctious behavior, which causes them to miss several flights. They bar-hop across the city for several hours, leaving a trail of women and alcohol in their wake. Daphne calls him to apologize for the fight, but Aaron already believes that they had broken up. Throughout this partying, buttons of his jacket(placed in his pocket) accidentally call his girlfriend, and his girlfriend overhears him partying with other women.

Once the two have made it to New York, they proceed to Aldous’ Welcome Back performance on Today. Aaron receives word from Sergio to keep Aldous sober for his performance, and Aaron consumes all of Aldous’ whiskey and marijuana on the way to the program. Minutes before the performance, Aldous realizes that he is unable to remember the lyrics to his favorite song, “African Child”, shortly after Aaron had admitted to “African Child” being his least favorite Infant Sorrow song. Placing resentment and blame on Aaron, he sends him on a frenzy of drunk desperation in search of the lyrics. Aaron is unable to complete this task, and after the first few bars of “African Child”, Aldous stops his band, and plays one of his older hits called “The Clap” to cheers and excitement from the audience. Aaron had also mentioned earlier that “The Clap” is his personal favorite.

While preparing to fly to Los Angeles, Aldous forces Aaron to smuggle heroin in his anus. During their travels and time in London and New York, Aaron learns that Aldous has become miserable and lonely, as he misses his son and has not seen any signs of genuine love from his own father in years. Aaron shares his relationship troubles, and Aldous encourages him to enjoy his time in Los Angeles. Giving advice to Aldous, Aaron suggests he visits Jackie Q and his father and so the two make a stop in Las Vegas the night prior to the show to see Aldous’s father. Sergio also arrives, wanting to help oversee the final proceedings. Sergio hooks up Aaron with a ditzy, sexually rambunctious girl named Destiny (Carla Gallo), who takes him to a hotel room and rapes him. During this, his phone, again, accidentally calls Daphne, and she hears an out-of-context sample of what is going on. After Aaron tells Aldous that he has been raped, the other men laugh it off, and they encourage him to smoke a “Geoffrey”, a joint which is eventually described as “a Neapolitan of drugs”. Upon being told about the extra ingredients in the Geoffrey, Aaron panics and starts believing he is having a heart attack (he is actually just having a bad trip). Aldous’ father repeatedly says that it is a heart attack, making the trip worse, whilst Aldous repeatedly attempts to calm Aaron down by telling him “to stroke the furry wall”. Aldous has a fight with his father; Sergio (who is also high on Geoffrey) jumps in the fight, and their tussle ends up setting the hotel room on fire. Aldous attempts to help Aaron with an adrenaline shot to the heart and they run out of the hotel, chased by Sergio, who is then hit by a car. Sergio somehow manages to escape unharmed.

Aldous and Aaron are driven to Los Angeles, where Aldous visits Jackie Q. She has been sleeping with Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich (playing himself) – and is apparently engaged to him, and confesses to Aldous that Naples is not actually his biological son. This depresses him even further. Meanwhile, Aaron goes to his home to apologize to Daphne. They are interrupted when Aldous comes to their house and becomes involved in the conversation. He proposes that he, Aaron, and Daphne engage in a threesome because Aaron had been with other women while partying with Aldous. During the threesome, Aaron angrily decides to kiss Aldous, breaking it up. Daphne feels horrible about the threesome, and storms out of the room. Aaron angrily tells Aldous to go, and criticizes Aldous’ overall mental state.

Instead of preparing for his show, Aldous goes to the rooftop of the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and calls Aaron, threatening to jump. Aaron rushes to the hotel rooftop pool in an attempt to coax Aldous down from the roof. Aldous attempts to jump down to the pool instead of killing himself, and accidentally shatters his arm against the poolside. Aldous tells Aaron that he is lonely and feels unconnected to people. Aaron tells Aldous that he is trying too hard, and that thousands of fans love him and are waiting just to see his face. Aldous, inspired by Aaron’s words, decides to go and perform at the Greek Theatre. Aaron tries to convince him to go to the hospital, but Aldous insists on making it to his performance at the Greek. Upon his arrival, Sergio attempts to offer Aaron drugs to give to Aldous so he will not cancel the concert due to the injury. Aaron angrily refuses and quits his job on the spot. He walks stage-side with Aldous, trying to convince him one last time to go to the hospital instead. However, Aaron sees how happy Aldous is while performing and allows him to continue while he himself goes home and reconciles with Daphne. Months later in Seattle (where Aaron and Daphne have moved), Aldous, sober once again, has returned to fame with a single produced by Aaron based on events from their night in Las Vegas, performing on the VH1 Storytellers program.

REVIEW:

 Get Him to the Greek is another comedy from the genius of Judd Apatow, and is actually a spinoff of one of his earlier films, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Apatow’s last film, Funny People, was a bit more on the serious side (ironically when you look at the title and consider that it was about comedians), but this was a return to form, as there was nothing but hilarity. Of course, with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, do you really expect less?

The comedy here is a mix of physical and just plain ol’ good writing. The situation that Brand has puts Hill in make for some very uncomfortable situations, such as putting a bag of heroin up his butt, or stroking a furry wall, but that’s the kind of comedy that makes Apatow films so appealing.

This film does get a bit serious when it comes to family and relationships. Don’t worry, though, these don’t last very long, as they something happens very quickly to not bring the mood down.

The music videos are also quite amusing. I think they took notice of how hilarious videos worked in Music & Lyrics, and capitalized on the idea.

Jonah Hill makes his first foray as a lead role here and does a pretty good job here, although he is a bit upstaged by Russell Brand. In some interesting casting, Hill is playing the straight man to Brand. Usually Hill is the one that is crazy and goofy. I was impressed.

Russell Brand reprises his character of Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. If you are familiar with Brand’s career, then you know that he is a bit on the flamboyant side, so this character is right up his alley and he hasn’t lost a step from the last time he played him.

Sean “Diddy” Combs (or whatever he’s calling himself these days) was actually almost a show stealer here. If not for Brand, he would have been. I heard him say in ana interview that he based this character on what people thought he was, and just made it a bit of a caricature. Well, it worked to perfection.

Elisabeth Moss and Rose Byrne make appearances as the significant others. Byrne actually has some funny video moments. After seeing Moss play the serious secretarial type on Mad Men for the past few years, it was interesting to see her in a comedic role, especially the 3-way scene.

Look for a cameo by Sarah Marshall herself, Kristen Bell.

If you’re looking for good comedy, Get Him to the Greek is the film for you. Hilarity ensues from the opening credits and lets up long enough for you to catch your breath, then picks right back up where it left off. True, there are better comedies, but this one does not suck. I highly recommend it!

4 out of 5 stars