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“Get Him To The Greek”: Stealth Conservatism for Those Who Can Stomach Vulgarity Part 2

Posted on June 5 2010 3:00 pm
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As Aldous continuously makes things worse for Aaron, we see the negative effect that drugs have on everyone around him (even those not taking drugs). Aldous’ family life is a mess  — his relationships with his  son and father are falling apart. Aaron’s girlfriend threatens to leave him because of his destructive behavior on the road. Unfortunately, Aaron is only trying to keep Aldous on track even if it means doing drugs (or hiding them in not so happy places).

It isn’t until Aldous decides to take another shot at sobriety when his priorities begin to come back into focus. As a drug addict, he only had to worry about drugs which gave him a false sense of stability. He wanted to avoid reality, but once he saw his careless lifestyle not only hurting the lives of him, his child and wife (now ex) but also Aaron, he slowly began to change.

Filmmaker Judd Apatow was on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday and they discussed Get Him To The Greek (which Apatow produced):

Maher: I always love a movie about drugs because drugs are funny in real life, they make people funnier…but you are not a drug user.

Apatow: I’m basically anti-drug. I mean the point of most of my movies is you don’t want to behave like this…

Maher: That doesn’t come through, it really doesn’t. I want to behave…you can’t get more charismatic than Aldous Snow, the Russell Brand character.

Apatow: But things don’t go well for him as a result of his drug use….he smokes angel dust in the movie and then tries to kill himself.

Maher: I don’t care, he’s cool.

Apatow: Really???

Maher: Yes, of course.

While Maher acknowledged that Apatow is the John Hughes of today, he still can’t figure out why anti-drug films resonate with people (not to mention the positive family values seen in Apatow’s films). Of course, if Maher is actually on drugs while watching these films, that may explain why he doesn’t understand them.

Look at films such as Superbad and Funny People where the focus in the beginning is on either having sex or breaking up a family for selfish purposes. However, in the end the characters realize that what they set out to do originally is not the answer to their happiness. The focus shifts from destructive behavior to the importance of friends, family and constructive stability. While the raunchy humor is fun, it all leads to something bigger and better. Get Him to the Greek takes a similar path.

What started as an endorsement of drug use actually turns into a story of redemption. Only by meeting Aaron did Aldous see what he was missing in his own life. Their relationship allowed for the realization that drugs don’t manifest into happiness. In the end, the importance of family and sobriety remain above all. Aaron and his girlfriend continue their life together and Aldous reignites his career sober with the help of his new friends.

Hollywood has long been mocking the moral values that most Americans stand by. If you look closely, you can see that it isn’t always the case anymore. Positive messages are actually instilled in some of today’s most disgusting comedies. It’s time to start calling this trend by its true name: stealth conservatism.

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