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GET HIM TO THE GREEK

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GET HIM TO THE GREEK

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 108m 58s

Release date 25/06/2010

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex and drug references, sex and very strong language

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Nicholas Stoller

Cast includes Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Tom Felton, Kali Hawk, Elisabeth Moss, Katy Perry, Colm Meaney, Aziz Ansari, Christina Aguilera, Sean Combs, Pink, Lars Ulrich

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/06/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GET HIM TO THE GREEK is a comedy featuring Russell Brand's anarchic rock star Aldous Snow, previously seen in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Snow is accompanied by a record company executive who must get him to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a concert. The film has been passed '15' for very strong language, sex and drug use.

The film contains one use of very strong language, where Snow rants at his father during a drunken night out. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state that 'the strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context'. The use in question is wearied rather than aggressive and mitigated by the comedy in the scene. There are also over a hundred uses of strong language.

There are frequent references to sex as Snow, something of a Lothario, talks about his conquests. For example, he has a conversation with an ex-girlfriend on the telephone when she compares her genitals to "Brazil," and tells him that "it's quite wet down there". The Guidelines at '15' allow for 'strong verbal references to sexual behaviour' and these references, although frequent, do not constitute the 'strongest references' that are unlikely to be acceptable at that classification. There are also several sex scenes, including one where Aaron is seen in a toilet with a clothed girl grinding on top of his lap. In another scene, Aaron has his trousers removed by another girl who then reaches behind him and shoves a dildo between his legs. Actual insertion is not seen but the implication is clear. At '15' the Guidelines state that 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail'.

Finally, Aldous is a drug addict and there are scenes involving drug use and references to drug use. For example, in a debauched party in a Las Vegas club we see a cigarette passed around amongst the group. It is a "Jeffrey" and contains all manner of substances - a long list is read out, including cocaine, weed, heroin, speed, etc. The Guidelines state that 'drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'. Aldous is seen as an unhappy person and, by the end of the film, he has renounced his lifestyle as unhealthy. Although comically portrayed, his lifestyle is not aspirational in this context and the work as a whole does not promote or encourage drug misuse.

Details

Title
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
Year
2010
Distributor(s)
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Classified date(s)
19/04/2010
Main language
English
Submitted run time
108m 58s
Approved footage
9807+1
BBFC reference
BFF266425
Registration number
CFJ21069

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