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Funny People (2009)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 31 July 2009 (USA)
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When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

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George is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend. Written by Anonymous

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George Simmons was prepared to die, but then a funny thing happened.

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Rated R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 July 2009 (USA)  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,657,780 (USA) (31 July 2009)

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$51,814,190 (USA) (11 September 2009)
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Seth Rogen's character makes a joke about Robin Williams Slitting his wrists while on stage. Williams took his own life 6 years after the movie came out. See more »

Goofs

When George (who is driving) and Ira leave Laura's house to head back to Los Angeles, the gear shifter can be briefly seen in the park position. See more »

Quotes

George Simmons: Am I not allowed to be happy or something? I've been living alone and alone and alone. That's my life. This is the only girl I've ever loved and I'm not supposed to do anything about this? When am I supposed to be happy? Why does everyone else get to be happy?
Ira Wright: Look, George, I'm just gonna tell you this, as a friend. From where I'm sitting it seems like your happiness might be coming at the cost of destroying this family.
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References Entertainment Tonight (1981) See more »

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Three Little Birds
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sometimes enjoyable, occasionally cringe-worthy.
16 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ira (Seth Rogen) is a struggling comic working at a sub shop. George (Adam Sandler) is a famous comedian and movie star who finds out that he's got a rare form of leukemia and won't live much longer, he's put on experimental medicine to try to combat the illness. This revelation rocks George's life. He's made tons of money and has plenty of people to suck up to him, but that just isn't enough. His world is falling down around him, all the mistakes he made have come back to haunt him. He tries to reconnect with the only girl he ever loved, Laura (Leslie Mann) and she doesn't want to talk to him until he tells her that he's sick. That plot line took up far too much of the movie.

George and Ira meet when George goes to one of the old comedy clubs he used to do stand up at and stands on stage without any material, talking about how he knows he's bombing when he can hear people in the audience cough. George ends up hiring Ira as his assistant and their odd friendship/work relationship begins. Ira has always been a big fan of George and is spellbound by the limos, private planes, and the women George has gotten so used to.

Their relationship is at sometimes interesting, I'm not sure where Judd Apatow (the director) meant to go with this picture, he seems to get a little bit of everything, not enough of the good and too much time spent on the bad. Ira likes one of his neighbors, Daisy "Aubrey Plaza" and that was a fun relationship that the movie really neglected. By the end, it felt very underdeveloped. Most of the dialog feels improvised and very clunky. Judd Apatow was trying to convey something here that he just couldn't in the end.

For what does work, this movie deserves a 6/10 rating. It's a dramedy, anyone looking for one or the other will likely be disappointed.


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