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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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Trivia

In Knocked Up (2007), there is a scene where the guys are sitting around talking about that, if they "got laid", it was because of Eric Bana in Munich (2005). Bana also appears in this film, and coincidentally (or perhaps not), the Director of Photography on Munich (2005) and this film, is Janusz Kaminski. Barry Mendel, one of the Producers of Munich (2005), is also a Producer on this film as well. See more »

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When James Taylor is finishing his last song at the MySpace function, you can see he is sitting on a stool, alone, on stage. When he finishes and stands up, his back-up singers from earlier have suddenly returned. See more »

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Watching the Wheels (Acoustic)
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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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