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Get Him to the Greek Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Empty laughs are still laughs. Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Rock 'n' roll road comedy stretched thin. Read full review

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  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Never achieves the propulsive traction and outrageous/endearing balance that made "The Hangover" such a smash this time last year.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The concept is inspired, and the movie has some very funny moments. But about halfway through this long weekend, the frantic tale grows flimsy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A clever rock-world satire, with some lively take-offs on the TMZ-gossip magazine circus, but it's also too long, and by the time of the inevitable Las Vegas sequence, it starts to grow repetitive.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Original buddy comedy is full of drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a spinoff of Forgetting Sarah Marshall focusing on that comedy's breakout character, musician Aldous Snow. This is yet another hard-R comedy produced by Judd Apatow's comedy machine, including his protege Jason Segel. Like in Sarah Marshall, the Snow character (and everyone around him) curses up a storm and acts like a substance-abusing narcissist who only thinks of partying and having sex. There is lots and lots of strong language (nearly every scene has an F-bomb in it), drinking to excess (vomit included), smoking marijuana, smuggling heroine, and having or talking about sex (including a woman-on-man rape scene played for laughs), threesomes, and venereal diseases. On a positive note, the movie does conclude that a rock star lifestyle is shallow and insignificant, and that it's the creation and performing of music that should be meaningful to an artist -- not the stuff and the partying. Parents should know that this review refers to the R-rated version -- the unrated version pushes all the limits even further.

  • Families can talk about how the filmmakers portray the music industry, celebrity culture, and rock stars in this movie. When celebrities' lifestyles are poked fun at, is it the stars themselves being lampooned or the audiences who are obsessed with them?
  • What's the movie's message about drinking and getting high day after day? Aldous seems to look at life as one giant party, but is he fulfilled? Why not? What's missing from his life?
  • What did you think of the Get Him to the Greek trailer? Did it give you a realistic idea of what the movie was going to be about? Did you watch the red-band trailer or the mainstream one? What's your opinion about red-band trailers being so easily accessible to kids?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Ultimately Aldous' raucous lifestyle is exposed as empty, shallow, and lonely. Aldous needs Aaron to help him see what a gift his talent is, and that he needs to stop his self-destructive tendencies and return to his musical roots. But of course, all these positives are hidden beneath a movie that shows drinking and drug use, as well as random sex in a funny light -- sending some mixed messages to kids.

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    Role models: Aldous and his ex-wife Jackie are pretty terrible role models. They're selfish, narcissistic, and make self-destructive decisions until the very end of the movie. Most of the characters in this comedy are negative role models, in fact, except for Aaron and Daphne, who themselves make questionable choices for their relationship...until the very end. Sean Combs' record exec character plays bad guy by day, but one scene shows him as a devoted family man he really is.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Compound fracture, anyone? A character falls off a roof, into a pool, and has a compound fracture that is bleeding heavily. This fall is a quasi-suicide attempt that is played for laughs, though with a dark edge. A father and son initiate a throw-down fist-to-fist brawl with furniture thrown, instruments smashed, and more. Loud arguments and foot-chase scenes.

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    Sex: Although there is not as much full-blown nudity as in other hard-R movies, there are lots of discussions about sex and scenes that show semi-clothed couples having raucous, exaggerated sex -- on bathroom toilets, couches, and beds. One scene involves a woman using a sex toy (visible) on a male character against his will that results in him wondering if he's been raped. A threesome occurs during which a man is under sheets, obviously performing oral sex on a woman. In another scene, Aldous performs oral sex on Jackie and asks her to return the favor. Aldous is shown making out with random women in a nightclub.

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    Language: A lot of strong language, including the most scandalous of words "c--t" and "motherf--ker." Lots and lots of "f--k," "dick," "bitch," "asshole," "twat," "cock," and more. Two instances of the "N word" said by an African American. 

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    Consumerism: Many product placements and brands mentioned, discussed or shown, including TMZ.com, Rolling Stone magazine, Extra TV, HBO, Facebook, NIke Air Jordans, 8 Mile, Apple, Today Show, Gossip Girl, and more. Celebrities who cameo as themselves or are otherwise featured include Lars Ulrich, Meredith Viera, Pink, Derek Jeter, Billy Bush, Mario Lopez, Zoe Salmon, Kurt Loder, Christina Aguilera, and Tom Felton.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: It's in no way surprising, considering that the protagonist is a notorious drug addict, that there's a tremendous amount of substance use and abuse in the movie. There's a lot of drinking -- everything from champagne to beer to absinthe and all drinks in between --  to excess (vomiting scenes included). Most drug scenes are limited to marijuana use and heroine smuggling, and there's cigarette smoking to boot. Several discussions are about drug addiction, rehab, being sober, etc. Despite some serious drug problems, it's all played for laughs.

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