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Get Him to the Greek

When your parents saw this movie, it was called My Favorite Year (1982) and concerned a young TV writer in the 1950s who's ordered to chaperone a drunken, washed-up matinee idol (Peter O'Toole) through the rehearsal and live broadcast of a prime-time variety show. Now it's the latest comedy from the Judd Apatow factory, and the comic premise still works like a charm. Jonah Hill is a record-company intern sent to London to collect dissolute rock god Russell Brand (reprising his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and deliver him to a comeback concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. As in My Favorite Year, the laughs all come from seeing a nervous innocent pulled into the star's debauchery, the heart from our growing realization that debauchery is just emptiness with the volume cranked. Nicholas Stoller directed.

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Director:

  • Nicholas Stoller

Cast:

  • Jonah Hill
  • Russell Brand
  • Elisabeth Moss
  • Rose Byrne
  • Colm Meaney
  • Sean Combs
  • Aziz Ansari
  • Kali Hawk
  • Nick Kroll
  • Dinah Stabb
  • Kristen Bell
  • T.J. Miller

Producers:

  • Judd Apatow
  • David Bushell
  • Nicholas Stoller
  • Rodney Rothman
  • Richard Vane

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