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Live in Chicago? Wanna see an early screening of GET HIM TO THE GREEK? Capone has the details!!!

Published at: May 27, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. In many ways, Russell Brand was a rock star before he ever recorded a note of music. Look at the guy: the hair, the clothes, the accessories, the makeup, the strut. He seemed destined to play Aldous Snow before Jason Segel wrote a word of the FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL screenplay and songs that Brand brings to life. With GET HIM TO THE GREEK, Brand brings Aldous back into our lives in a glorious package of perfect, vulgar entertainment. I was skeptical that Brand (teamed again with his SARAH MARSHALL co-star Jonah Hill--playing a different character--and director Nicholas Stoller) could carry this off, and I'm a fool for doubting. GET HIM TO THE GREEK is a funny fucking movie. I'll have my full review next week, but in the mean time… I've got about 40 seats for Chicago-area Ain't It Cool News readers to an early screening of GET HIM TO THE GREEK on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00pm, at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). Here's how to secure a pass good for you and one guest. Send me an email at greekchicago@aintitcoolmail.com (please note the new email address) with the subject line "SNOW JOB". In the body of the email, I need 1). Your Name, 2). the Name of your confirmed Guest, and 3).the answer to the following question (read carefully): "What rock star would you like to spend three days with and why?" Keep your responses BRIEF--limit your answers to 75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). If you don't provide all three things I'm asking for, your entry goes in the trash unread. Winners will receive an email from me this weekend. These tickets are going to fly, so I'm only keeping the contest open for 24 hours. Midnight tomorrow, the contest will vanish. And a word to those who consistently tell me they're bringing a guest and show up solo, don't ask for a guest if your guest isn't 100 percent confirmed. If you show up without a guest, I'll make you put a bag of heroin in your ass (in the spirit of the movie). Please keep in mind that this is not an exclusive AICN event, and it is slightly overbooked to make sure there is a full house. If you cannot arrive at this screening early, please do not enter. If there's even the slightest chance you or your guest will have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. If you have a job with an unpredictable schedule that might make you late or unable to attend, or have an ill/pregnant relative, or a temperamental significant other, or a scratchy throat, do not enter. Anyone not showing up without informing me ahead of time so I can fill their seats is no longer eligible for future screening contests. No exceptions. Good luck, everyone!
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  • May 27, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    OH YEAH !!!!!!!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    THIS IS FUCKING GREAT

  • May 27, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    How is Russel Brand a star?

    by RPLocke

  • May 27, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Your sideshowtoy.com ads are...

    by Jaka

    ...causing the site to hang. It's rather annoying, really.

  • May 27, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Get him to the Greek...Barber.

    by MajorFrontbum

    Long hair went out of style in the fucking 90's Russell Brand = Emo wanker

  • May 27, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hill is a different character???

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    A spin-off is fine, but why use the same actor if it's a different character?? Or is it like some "twin brother" thing?

  • May 27, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    This movie looks like balls dipped in shit.

    by Obnoxious_Username

    And honestly, who finds Brand funny? His whole routine is just to describe things in an elongated fashion while mixing in lame sexual references. Everything about him seems so fake and forced.

  • May 27, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    I want this movie to bomb so badly...

    by UnApatowzing

    I wake up in the morning thinking "I want Get Him To The Greek" to bomb...

  • May 27, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    No. I don't want to see this.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Is this what passes for comedy these days. Fuck. And it's the second MIDNIGHT RUN rip-off this year.

  • May 27, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Brand on the Monty Python Documentary

    by Aquatarkusman

    Nearly ruined it. What a complete twat.

  • May 27, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    The support of this movie here

    by m_prevette

    Kinda is a symbol of all that's wrong on AICN. Brand has zero talent or charm, Hill, the less said about him the better. But it'll be the next big thing that gets praised daily here -

  • May 27, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I sent in a review for this

    by DrClarke

    Having seen it nearly a month ago. It was negative, and it was never posted. I guess I was suppressed in favor of these two screenings. AICN's loving up on this thing, and I don't know why. It's kind of a mess.

  • May 27, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    There are people predicting a $25 million weekend

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • May 27, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    DrClarke post it RIGHT HERE

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    people are interested

  • May 27, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Saw a screening last week and it was very funny

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I was skeptical whether Russell Brand could carry an entire film. I'm no longer skeptical. He can.

  • May 27, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Really? 90 minutes of Brand?

    by BizarroJerry

    Honestly, he seems like such a one-joke character. And yes, I'm calling him a character, cuz his entire persona is a character he created. And what about that MTV award show appearance? Admittedly those shows all suck, anyway, but he got no laughs.<p>Hill's alright, but he's been coasting on Superbad fumes all this time.

  • May 27, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Sure! my review:

    by DrClarke

    I was fortunate enough to be able to attend an advance screening of GET HIM TO THE GREEK at my college. All I knew about this film going in was that it was set in an alternate version of the universe created in Nicholas Stoller’s previous comedy effort, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. This alone interested me, as I have always liked that film for the feeling of warmth it conveys, its strong ensemble cast and its sincere portrayal of human relationships. That being said…GET HIM TO THE GREEK lacks all these things. I will say that this seemed to be an unfinished version of the film; some scenes were too quick, even jarring, and rough edges were present everywhere. However, none of the real problems of the film were caused by this. The premise is very simple: Aaron Green (Jonah Hill), a record company intern and a huge fan of rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), turns his boss Sergio (Sean “P. Diddy” Combs) on to an idea of putting together a ten year-anniversary event of Aldous’ most famous show ever at L.A.’s Greek Theater with a repeat performance. This move is projected to save the record company, which has fallen on hard times, and the career of Aldous Snow, who has fallen off the wagon after the abysmal failure of his last album, the content of which is too funny to spoil. The tough part is, Aaron has to transport the completely unstable rockstar overseas to L.A. from London while keeping him sober until after the show goes on. As expected, insanity follows. This movie is not without some entertainment, and it is more vulgar and high-strung than its predecessor by far. The flashier, quicker editing and the increasingly low-brow humor gives the film a much different feel. There are a few sequences in the film in which the comedy between Jonah Hill and Russell Brand feels a bit flat, but most of the time, the situations they are put into help to induce the laughter. A pleasant surprise in the cast was P. Diddy as the highly determined record label exec; he plays the part as if he is in on the joke, and it works charms. In fact, his presence accounts for most of the best scenes in the film. For me, he was the best thing about this movie. Though it has its bright spots, there is one large problem with this film as it stands; by the end, nothing is really resolved. Throughout the movie, many subplots are brought up and hurriedly tied up or simply negated by the end, just to draw things to a close. Sometimes it seemed that entire scenes must have been missing, that the film was not possibly meant to be as confusing as it was, making me wonder if I wasn’t seeing a rushed edit after all. For just one example, the subplot of Aldous’ attempts to rekindle his relationship with longtime girlfriend and collaborator Jackie Q (Rose Byrne), marketed as an important point in the film, is completely fumbled. And there is one scene that is so uncomfortable, illogical and random that you will wince at least once; you’ll know it when you see it. GET HIM TO THE GREEK is still basically a fun film, but it is messy throughout and the ending is a bit of a let-down. It is far from being another FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, and if it didn’t aim to forego closure and coherence for nonsensical comedy, a quick, sloppy narrative and another large heaping of Aldous Snow to please the fans, it could have left me with a better feeling. It left me with a free keychain, if anyone wants it.

  • May 27, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Worth it...

    by Heckles

    Saw this flick a week or two ago. Didn't like Hill or Brand going into it. This movie worked. Big laughs. Worth your time.

  • May 27, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    What does AICN have invested in this movie.

    by Bungion Boy

    They're sponsoring screenings. I saw this movie back in February, submitted a review (that wasn't wholly negative but certainly had a lot of constructive criticism) and it was never posted. Isn't this site for news and reviews? Not just promotion. Aren't opinions allowed anymore?

  • May 27, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by DrClarke

    That is the exact same thing that happened to me. I was excited to have seen my first advanced screening and thought I'd gotten the chance at an AICN review...

  • May 27, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Anybody got a Jeffery????

    by I_shot_Cyrus

  • May 27, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    DrClarke

    by Bungion Boy

    I've submitted many reviews in the past and have had this problem only once before, for Youth in Revolt. I resubmitted both that review and my Greek review just in case there had been an email issue. They never showed up. I guess you've learned a valuable lesson. If you want your review up on the site, give extremely positive reviews even if you don't mean what you say. I don't think the site used to be like this. Unfortunate.