'Get Him To The Greek' Is Crass Comedy With A Message-Driven Heart

As advertised, "Get Him To The Greek" proved to be a two-hour-long ride of inebriated chaos and drug-induced hilarity (if Diddy ever offers to introduce you to "Jeffrey," turn him down). Despite its frat-boy appearance, the "sort-of-spin-off of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" ended up raising some interesting and unexpected moral dilemmas.

Jonah Hill's character, a more serious incarnation of his Infant Sorrow-obsessed waiter in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," is a record label intern who gets his first big break bringing Russell Brand's Aldous Snow to perform his 10th anniversary concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The job ends up not being what he signed up for, and his realization that his dream job isn't what he expected it to be leads to some surprising conclusions about the music industry and life.

Needless to say, spoilers ahead...

Lesson: Don't lie to your client

One of the first pieces of advice Hill's character Aaron is given is to only tell Aldous what he wants to hear, even if it means lying about how he actually feels. This specifically revolves around the Infant Sorrow song "African Child," which is referred to in the movie as the worst thing for Africa since Apartheid. While Aaron almost immediately breaks the rule and callously tells Aldous how terrible the song was -- in contrast to the rock star's mother and manager, who both go out of their way to pad his ego -- it becomes clear by the end of the film that Aldous would have been much better off if those around him had been honest with him from the beginning.

Lesson: Stay true to your ideals

Aaron is introduced as an idealistic young intern living in a money-driven industry, and he doesn't truly realize how manipulative the music business is until the end of the film. He ends up leaving his internship at Pinnacle Records and opening up his own production gig with Aldous in Seattle because he doesn't agree with the money-centric attitude at a major label like Pinnacle.

Lesson: Don't do drugs

It's hard to believe that a film featuring such an extensive amount of drug and alcohol consumption could possibly have an anti-drug message, but "Get Him To The Greek" somehow manages to pull it off. Leading man Russell Brand has been sober for the past seven years and is a patron of the drug treatment charity Focus 12, so the message is something that must hit close to home for him. In the end, Snow goes sober once again and regains his fame in the process.

Lesson: Relationships are compromise

Over the course of the film, Aaron and his girlfriend Daphne (Elisabeth Moss) go through almost every relationship issue imaginable. Both are very focused on their careers -- hers in medicine and his in music -- but it is clear from the beginning that there is an imbalance of power between them. It comes to the breaking point when she announces they are going to up and move to Seattle so she can pursue a residency there; it is not a discussion of the possibilities but rather a matter-of-fact "this is how it is." It ends up taking a threesome with Aldous (couples: we do not recommend you try this at home) to work through their issues, and their relationship ends up happy and healthy in the end.

Lesson: There's more to life than having 'The Life'

In our celebrity-driven culture, it's hard to imagine that anything could be better than claiming fame and fortune. The onslaught of reality television over the past decade has made it seem that anyone can claim their 15 minutes. But as Aldous emotionally states at the end of the film, he is unhappy and lonely, and has lost everything that meant everything to him except for his career. Both he and Aaron willingly sacrifice the high-stakes Los Angeles lifestyle in the end to live a healthier, more satisfactory existence in Seattle, fulfilling their dreams more successfully in the process.

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