When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
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
The film features Warren Zevon songs "Keep Me in Your Heart" and "Numb as a Statue" from the 2003 Album "The Wind". Zevon began recording the album shortly after he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and it was released just two weeks before his death. See more »
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 »
Fuck George Simmons. He has a medium-sized penis. He fucked so many girls and yet no one remembers. When he's done fucking them, the girl just lays there and says "I should have fucked Jean-Claude Van Damme instead of you."
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Written by Takefumi 'Hammer' Hamada, Tomoko 'Katooka' Okada
Performed by Arthur Carbonel, Iphignie Carbonel, Hana Jacobsen, Jay Jacobsen, Anna Kotecki, Kiori Tanaka
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George Simmons (Adam Sandler), a seasoned actor with a long history of crappy movies in his portfolio, gets diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which means that his days are coming to an end. After an on-stage stand-up comedy breakdown he views a young up-and-comer Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) successfully heat up the crowd by making jokes about his terrible display. George, who has no family or friends, decides to hire him to write his jokes as well as be his helper. From then on in a weird relationship evolves, where both attempt to find absolution.
The whole plot is constantly intertwined by stand-up comedy, which is almost unanimously unfunny, uninventive and revolving almost entirely around sex and cussing. But it isn't only these awkward comedy sets that break the movie, but the fact that it remains thoroughly uninvolving and uninspiring. The humour is drastically amiss, while the drama does tend to be good, but can be so heavy-handed it backfires. One sequence, where George plays piano and sings a stupendously stupid song, while dramatic scenes interlope with this musical background is just terrifyingly bad.
It's hard to really feel for any of the characters. It's interesting to see that a lot of jokes seem to concern how unfunny the characters are. Basically it feels like the writer (a normally very decent Judd Apatow) decided that his jokes were pathetic and wrote in some lines to make fun of his own incompetence.
You can feel that somewhere underneath the roughness are some terrific comedians and great drama to be written, directed, but all in all this is one overlong attempt at cinema. Adam Sandler has some very good acting stints in the flick, but what actually brings the movie to a halt is the comedic crap that he is forced to fling at people. Seth Rogen is as always naturally awkwardly brilliant, but seems to have almost nothing decent to work with. Supporting cast is mostly decent, but the script does them no favours in making you warm up to anyone.
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