Magazine July 5, 2010, Issue

Crying on The Inside

Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek (Universal)

Every week, New York magazine runs an “approval matrix” on its back page, dividing the week in pop culture along two axes: highbrow and lowbrow, and brilliant and despicable. Way out in the lowbrow/despicable quadrant last issue was the new comedy Get Him to the Greek, which depicts a music-industry ingenue’s hapless attempt to escort a hard-living rock star from London to Los Angeles — and which New York’s matrixers described, disapprovingly, as a movie “about a character who’s always getting into wacky shenanigans because he’s addicted to heroin. Ha! Ha?”

This surprisingly judgmental dismissal of what seems, at first blush,

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