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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler Project  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£3,427,741 (UK) (18 September 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ira is on stage, he makes a joke about Robin Williams slitting his wrist on stage attempting suicide. Just five years later, Williams would be found dead five years later of suicide. See more »


When Ira is playing George his playlist you can see he clicks on the second song but when it flicks back the song highlighted is way further down. It flicks back again and the highlight is back to the second spot. See more »


Ira Wright: [while watching Yo, Teach with Laura's kids] Do you guys even like this show?
MableIngrid: No.
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References Guitar Hero (2005) See more »


Numb as a Statue
Written by Warren Zevon, Jorge Calderón
Performed by Warren Zevon
Courtesy of Sheridan Square Entertainment
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Good first half, but then...
14 August 2009 | by (Sunderland, MA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the first half of Funny People. I don't think I've ever seen any other Adam Sandler flicks (I didn't want to), so I was happily surprised by the good mix of comedy and drama here.

As soon as Sandler's ex-girlfriend and her family enter the fray, though, the film comes to a screeching halt. And when we learn new facts about his disease, the film turns itself upside down and inside out trying to figure out what it wants to do with this information. No one knows how to react; not Sandler, not the girlfriend, and not her husband. Judd Apatow thinks they do, but it's so hard to follow the character's ideas and feelings here that the film becomes unreadable. Because we don't know where the characters are coming from, we don't know whether we're watching comedy or drama, so we don't know how to feel or react. The little girls, while enjoyable to watch, are cloying and don't advance the story. And when a lot of screen time is devoted to the people playing games and generally goofing around, you're no longer watching the characters--you're watching the actors simply having a good time, which further slows down and confuses the story.

Seth Rogen's character seems to know what's right, but his voice gets lost amid all the confusion until the end, when we get an all-too-convenient moral finish that doesn't address any of the important issues raised in the film.

I think this could have been a much better film with a lot of the meandering in the second half either tightened up or removed.

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