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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$51,814,190 (USA) (11 September 2009)
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Trivia

The reoccurring mention of Ira Wright's weight loss is a reference to Seth Rogen's own weight loss for the film, The Green Hornet (2011). See more »

Goofs

When George enters Ira's house for Thanksgiving dinner, he points out to Leo that they have the poster for his movie "Re-Do" (the baby movie) hanging on the wall. During the scene while George and Leo are discussing the movie, the poster behind Leo switches from "Re-Do" to another film. See more »

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George Simmons: Daniel Day-Lewis would have torn that scene apart.
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Connections

Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (2013) See more »

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Joanna
Written by George Funky Brown (as George Brown), Ronald Bell, Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Jim Bonnefond (as James L. Bonnefond), Clifford Alonzo Adams, Curtis Williams, Claydes Smith, J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor)
Performed by Kool & The Gang
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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