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Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner

As you would be well aware, this movie is a remake of the 80s flick of the same name, starring Dudley Moore.

Same plot line – rich, alcoholic, playboy, Arthur, will lose his substantial inheritance unless he settles down and marries. But he can’t marry just anyone – he is lined up to marry successful businesswoman, Susan. This all happens at the same time that he meets and falls in love with Naomi – not rich or successful, but fun and a good influence on Arthur.

Arthur has to decide between love and money. It’s a fairy tale ending really – he doesn’t miss out on either, but he made the right decision to get there.

I know people are divided on Russell Brand – those that think him sexy, and those that can’t stand him. I’m in the middle. But regardless of what you think of him, poor Brand, he had to live up to the high standard set by Dudley Moore. He does an okay job, and has the ability to make you laugh – but there wasn’t a lot of laughing to be had and the script wasn’t nearly as good as the original.

I would prefer to see the original flick (where Hobson was a man, played by Mirren in the remake), and even though it’s dated it can still hold its own. Watch this flick if it comes on TV and there is nothing else on, it’s not all that bad.





Get him to the Greek

Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss

Aaron (played by Hill) has been assigned by his music company to collect temperamental UK rocker Aldous Snow from the band Infant Sorrow (played by Brand) and bring him to LA to play the Greek Theatre. It’s been a decade since Infant Sorrow played the Greek, and this gig will earn both Aaron and his company a lot of money.

Aldous wrote an incredibly bad song which sent his last album crashing. He is now a ‘has been’, but still has a lot of die-hard fans, including Aaron. Aaron believes in Aldous and they develop a relationship – a relationship that involves a lot of partying!

Aldous, you’ll remember, is the rock star character in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Jason Segal. Segal has written most of the Infant Sorrow songs in this film, as well as creating the characters.  Songs include “Gang of Lust”, “Going Up”, “Bangers, Beans and Mash”, “The Clap”, and the classic from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, “Inside of You”.

Support roles played by Elisabeth Moss (Aaron’s partner) and Rose Byrne (Aldous’ ex-partner) are excellent, especially Bryne as pop queen Jackie Q. Both guys explore issues with their respective relationships, but for Aldous, the relationship he needs to sort out is the one with himself.

This is a really funny movie, and we laughed out loud on both the viewings we had. Jonah Hill is great, and it’s refreshing to see him play a nice guy this time around. Highly recommend if you like movies like The Hangover.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Segal, Kristen Bell, Jonah Hill, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand

Peter (Segal) is heartbroken over being dumped by his TV star girlfriend, Sarah (Bell). He is openly vulnerable and hurt and becomes self-destructive. They end up at the same hotel in Hawaii for separate holidays – she with new rocker boyfriend (Brand) and he alone to cry in his bedroom. It’s extremely hard for him to forget Sarah Marshall when she’s right there under his nose with a major rock star.

He goes on a journey of heart-break recovery and eventually moves on from Sarah, finding inspiration in his music (he’s writing a Dracula musical). But it’s not that easy, and when Sarah wants him back, he messes things up with his potential new girlfriend, Rachel.

Both Brand and Hill are characteristically brilliant. Everything fits together perfectly and all the ‘bit’ parts make this a great movie. The Dracula musical is quirky as hell and is a great way to end the flick. Watch it more than once and you will laugh at bits you didn’t notice the time before.


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