The title “Get Him to the Greek” seems to imply that Russell Brand’s character is important. The “Him” is the part of the title that refers to Brand’s character directly, while “the Greek” is a place that Jonah Hill’s character has to get “Him” to. That’s how Get Him to the Greek sets-up, but it ends up straying very far from that initial premise.

Aldous Snow (Brand) is a rock star. He was sober, but at the film’s opening, decides that he’d rather go back to the hard-partying lifestyle that his comrades are into. This decision, of course, is one that makes life difficult for his escort, Aaron (Hill). Dealing with someone who is constantly abusing some sort of substance can make them difficult to deal with, as they’ll often be uncooperative, unresponsive and in a delusion as to how people actually perceive them. Or at least, that’s what I learned from watching this movie.

There’s an inherent flaw with having one of your lead characters being an addict: Addiction is a serious problem. Sure, in the movies it can lead to some funny situations, but when you get right down to it, the character needs some serious help. When he does something childish in order to make sure he gets his fix, sure, it might be funny for a moment, but then you think about how serious the problem is that they’d have to act that way just to feed the addiction. It becomes sad when you think about it this way — not funny in the least. This, more than anything, is the problem with this movie.

It’s not like the film doesn’t take addiction seriously for some of the time, because it does. Near the end, as you’d expect from a comedy, characters come to specific realizations about the way they’ve lived their lives, and at this point, there is an attempt to either redeem themselves by atoning for their past sins, or by pledging to become a new person just to spite their former self. I’m sorry if I just spoiled part of the film, but you should have seen that part coming anyway. It’s not like I ruined the ending or anything, which also has a problem, albeit a minor one.

It’s clear while watching Get Him to the Greek that a lot of effort has been put into the soundtrack. They had a couple of the actors record a large number of songs, and they’re played throughout. Near the end, there’s a concert that takes place. It has some of the worst lip-synching that I can remember seeing. It becomes so clear that the actor isn’t actually singing that it takes you out of what could be a powerful moment. Apart from that minor nitpick, I liked the ending.

The rest of the film, I wasn’t so high on. Not just because of the lack of respect that real addiction is given, but also because of the way that almost every scene attempts to work. These scenes are long, and a lot of the time, incredibly pointless. The story is largely forgotten about part-way through so that the two leads can go from place to place, partying their way through the night. Each scene takes far too long, and when the jokes don’t work, they still have minutes left in which the same joke will be attempted again and again. If it fails to work the first time, it won’t work in subsequent attempts.

There is a large portion of the film that I didn’t find funny. I paused the film the first time I laughed, and noted the time in which this laugh took place. 46 minutes in was when that first laugh occurred. The next laugh was many minutes later, but by that point, I didn’t care enough to check the exact time when it happened. The point is, seeing people go out of their way to party and, in some parts, make fun of addiction, isn’t something that I found funny. If you can bring yourself to laugh at that though, have at it, because you’ll have a riot.

You know your film is in trouble when two actors, Brand and Hill, get completely robbed of attention by hip-hop artist Diddy, (formerly known as “P. Diddy”). While being the most profane character in the film, his insane antics and over-the-top performance as a record company executive came as a nice surprise. He stole almost every scene he was in, and it helped to hammer home the film’s other big idea that the music industry is corrupt and that it isn’t all fun and games like people might think.

Get Him to the Greek wasn’t funny. It treated addiction in a poor way, and because of that, you end up feeling sorry for one of the main characters, unable to laugh at all of the antics that he causes just because you know that he needs to get help. Yes, some of the situations can be funny, but for the most part, the jokes fail to click, which is a shame, because regardless of whether or not a joke works or not, the film will use the same joke at least a couple of more times. When hip-hop artist Diddy is the most entertaining part of the film, you know you’re not in for a great time.