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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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$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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Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler were old roommates. The footage seen in the opening sequence was recorded back then. Sandler would regularly make prank phone calls and one day Apatow decided to start filming them. See more »

Goofs

When George is talking to Laura and she's crying at his sad news, tears roll down her cheeks and nose. In the very next scene, she is still crying, but her face is completely dry and fresh tears form. See more »

Quotes

George Simmons: You're my best friend, and I don't even like you.
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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

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Written by Jason Schwartzman
Performed by Coconut Records
Courtesy of Young Baby Records
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25 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Judd Apatow dramedy Funny People is indeed a difficult film to review. I praise it's originality, but overall there's just too much going on.

1. Adam Sandler is terrific in the first half of the film. I love when he takes on these darker characters. This film really is an ode to how talented we sometimes forget he is. Grown Ups and Jack & Jill will do that. His performance here is among his best though.

2. I'm not huge into stand-up comedy. I enjoy it moderately. Guys like Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams consistently make me laugh. I realize those guys are legends, but I must say I found the stand-up in this to be AWFUL. Is this really what stand-up has become? Unfunny penis, fart & sex jokes? Pretty cheap laughs if you ask me. Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler are FAR funnier in character than stand-up. I found myself laughing much more at them during their conversations. Aubrey Plaza (female rapper) & Aziz Ansari's (Cold Stone) stand-up scenes were cringe worthy bad for me. And the reception from the audience in the film seemed the total opposite. I just don't get how people find that crap funny.

3. Not sure what Judd Apatow was thinking while writing the second half of Funny People. Was he desperate to give his wife and daughters some screen time? Why go from an intriguing, humorous, deep, dark script (made up for the stand-up) to a boring, drawn out drama? I felt a lot like Adam Sandler felt while watching Appatow's daughters "Cats" performance in the second half, looking at my phone & being bored. Rogen & Sandler both seemed wiped out the second half. And Eric Bana & Leslie Mann's story was just very uninteresting and I really didn't care what happened to the characters.

4. The ending doesn't really tie anything together at all. Mann chooses to stay with her husband (aw, that's sweet). Sandler makes amends to Rogen, even though Rogen was nothing but helpful to him. Really dull ending, but would've been more effective had the Mann/Bana scenes been cut down and they would've focused more on the LA story in the last half hour or so.

5/10 and I'm being nice. The first half is enjoyable and some of Sandler's best work.


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