Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Sean Combs, Colm Meaney
Sergio: Do you like his music?
Aaron: I LOVE his music. Except for African Child. That album sucked.
Sergio: No, you love Africa Child! Your mother loves African Child. It’s your girlfriend’s favorite album. You love African Child. You bought 10 copies on the first day.
Aaron: Oh…okay, yeah, I love African Child. So, lie to him.
Sergio: No, we don’t lie to people. We don’t do that. We just believe invalid truths.
Aaron (Hill) is a lower level worker at a record company who suggests getting washed up rock star Aldous Snow (Brand) to perform a big concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The idea is approved, which means Aaron must go to England and get the depressed, constantly partying Snow to Los Angeles in time for the concert.
I guess some characters are just funnier in small doses. Not that this movie isn’t funny at times, because it is. It’s just that it started to really wear me down after a while. Russel Brand was funny as Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but I just don’t think the character is quite interesting enough to carry a movie. Close, but not quite.
It’s a typical setup, with a more straight laced character having to deal with a wild, troublesome character who introduces him to a lot of new experiences, most of which our hero can’t handle. Jonah Hill is not bad in this role, but he’s not exactly my favorite actor, so I wasn’t too thrilled about watching him for an hour and 45 minutes.
Still, the first half of the movie had me laughing at a fairly steady rate. The problem is, it just degenerates into a lot of yelling, drug use, and awkward sex humor. It got really obnoxious to watch at times, even though there were still a few laughs sprinkled in there.
I’d place this one somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as recent comedies go. There’s just not enough material here to work with, thus it becomes repetitive and tiresome after a while. Hopefully the Aldous Snow character’s story has been told and there won’t be a sequel. Though, I wouldn’t mind seeing Rose Byrne get her own movie as Aldous’ girlfriend, Jackie Q. I could watch Rose in just about anything.
Drugs are bad, mkay?
10 – 3 for the second half filled with yelling and attempts at zaniness that just don’t work – 1.1 for the two lead characters just not being able to really carry a film = 5.9