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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Untitled Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler Project  »

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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 considered Bill Hader for the role of Mark but decided to give it to Jason Schwartzman instead. See more »

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When George is in the bar after receiving the good news, the woman who he speaks to is holding/not holding a drink between shots. See more »

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Leo: I just came back from the new Harry Potter movie. Harry's getting old. They should start calling him Harold Potter.
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References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »

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Nighttiming
Written by Jason Schwartzman
Performed by Coconut Records
Courtesy of Young Baby Records
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(Not) Funny People
10 December 2009 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Definitely not what I was expecting from Judd Apatow after his previous fantastic movies - and I knew I wasn't getting another "Knocked Up".

Funny people is a rather boring, depressing story with unlikeable and unmotivated characters that give you the feeling that they weren't having any fun making this movie. And that means a lot when I say this, as most of my favorite comedy actors are in this.

The story just drags on and on and keeps changing direction and following random, short plot lines throughout the whole film. And when you think it's finally over, the story changes direction completely one more time - new characters and locations are introduced and it just drags on for almost another hour until it ends in the wreck that is this movie.


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