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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 USA:

$22,657,780, 2 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,855,045, 17 September 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,585,235, 17 September 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leo Koenig (Jonah Hill) wore a De La Soul t-shirt. Their producer, Prince Paul, was in another group Gravediggaz, with RZA, who appeared in this movie. See more »


In the scene where George is playing with the hired musicians he is holding an electric guitar, when the camera changes he is holding an acoustic. See more »


George Simmons: [In Re-Do] I took care of you when you were a baby, now have to do the same for me.
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Crazy Credits

Judd Apatow's daughter's cover of Memory is played during the credits. See more »


Referenced in Apartment Complex (2011) See more »


In Private
Written by Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney
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Under exclusive licence from StarCon, LLC
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(Not) Funny People
10 December 2009 | by 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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