Funny People  Contains strong language, sex and sex references
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Judd Apatow writes and directs this comedy drama starring Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a famous comedian who finds out that he has an incurable blood disorder and less than a year to live. His subsequent desire to form a genuine bond with another human being causes George to proffer a hand up the career ladder to struggling newcomer Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), whom he takes under his wing as his assistant and opening act. Meanwhile, George also seeks reconciliation and closure in the central relationships of his life, in particular with his ex-wife Laura (Leslie Mann).
Funny People pulls off quite a feat: it examines the sources of comedy and manages to be knockout funny. Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a successful comedian of Adam Sandler proportions who is diagnosed with a fatal blood disease. Faced with impending death, he recognizes that he has no friends and decides to make a best friend out of an aspiring young comedian named Ira (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up). This lopsided relationship gradually takes on aspects of true friendship as Ira forces George to try to reconnect with the people in his life, including his ex-girlfriend Laura (Leslie Mann, 17 Again). But forging real relationships conflicts with all the impulses that feed George’s comedy: can he truly re-create his life? Funny People has enough raw, no-inhibitions comedy to satisfy Sandler fans, but the core of the movie is far more complex and compelling--and significantly, Sandler rises to it. He, Rogen, and Mann all deliver superb performances, as does the supporting cast (including Jonah Hill, Superbad; Jason Schwartzman, Rushmore; and Eric Bana, Munich). Funny People fits into the ranks of such classics as Hannah and Her Sisters and Terms of Endearment: movies that blend sadness and joy into a vibrant picture of life. --Bret FetzerSee all Product description
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With plenty of soul-searching and wondering where his life went wrong Simmons and Wright's exploits may not seem like the ideal source for a comedy movie. As with other Judd Apatow movies, it's quite long (over two hours). The first half manages to be pretty funny - helped along with various scenes of stand-up comedy and allowing the performers to be funny.
However, the second half takes a more darker tone (cue the inclusion of Eric Bana). There's nothing wrong with this change, but, if you're expecting a straight happy-go-lucky comedy (ala 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up) this may surprise you.
I'm not much of a fan of Adam Sadler. Normally he annoys me, but I found him actually quite good at playing a more unlikeable character. His and Rogen's parts were written especially for them and it shows in their interaction, which does elevate the movie and carry it all the way through.
All in all, not your average comedy, but certainly funny enough to get a fair few laughs in. Then, once you've stopped laughing, there's enough human emotion to finish it off with to make it so you actually care about the characters.
The film is entertaining and there are some funny moments. My problem with the film was its length. With a bit of editing this could have been a satisfying experience. As it is it outstays it's welcome and by the end some of the jokes about bodily parts were getting a little tiresome. I am not an Adam Sandler fan, but I thought he was very good as a man coming to terms with his mortality and reflecting on his fame.
If you want a laugh you could do worse.
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