Russell Brand has the perfect last name.
"Get Him To The Greek" is a perfect movie star vehicle in terms of conception and timing and opportunity, and there's a good chance it's going to do exactly what it's been designed to do and kick Russell into a different level of movie stardom.
There is a major difference between a movie star and an actor. Sometimes, movie stars are great actors. Sometimes they are not. Doesn't really matter. Movie stars are personalities that audiences will go see on the flimsiest possible excuse just to spend time with the personality. Good movie star movies are built to give a movie star an excuse to do something, preferably with another movie star, that is fun to watch for a while and that fulfills whatever promise its premise makes. "Get Him To The Greek" is the story of Aldous Snow (the same rock star character that Brand played in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") and the American junior record executive Aaron Green (Jonah Hill not playing the same character he played in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") who is assigned to bring Snow to America for a heavily-promoted concert appearance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
The joke is simple: Aldous Snow is decadence incarnate, Pete Doherty-by-way-of-"Arthur. And this isn't a guy who likes a few too many cocktails, either. In "Marshall," the character was portrayed as sober, reformed, all of his energy chanelled into chasing girls instead of drugs and alcohol. It's part of the public face he wears. In "Greek," Snow is off the wagon, back on the prowl, abusing himself with abandon. And that's what makes Aaron's just so difficult, and it's also what looks to be a major source of humor in this gleefully R-rated comedy, one of several that Universal is making right now.