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.
A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Jada Pinkett Smith
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
Ira makes a joke about Robin Williams slitting his wrists while on stage. Williams took his own life five years after the movie came out. See more »
When George (who is driving) and Ira leave Laura's house to head back to Los Angeles, the gear shifter can be briefly seen in the park position. See more »
Have you worked with Cameron Diaz? That girl is hot, isn't she? Fuck!
[laughs, then looks at Laura]
What? She's on my free pass list. Who's on yours?
[points at George]
Oh, well, I'll just have Cameron then. On her surfboard.
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How about "Amusing but Sometimes Sad People" as an alternate title?
Not your typical Judd Apatow movie. But with snippets of a typical Judd
So different was this film from some of his others (40-Year-Old Virgin,
Knocked Up), we actually paused the movie at about the midpoint. I
found myself so confused--I was enjoying the movie--laughing
frequently, in fact baw-hawing frequently, feeling connected with the
characters and even feeling emotional. But then there seemed to be a
sudden screeching halt to my enjoyment and a u-turn into "Awkward Hug
Land." "Awkward Hug Land" = you met someone for the first time and were
having a great time with them, laughing, listening, etc. The end of the
night comes and you feel so close to them that you go in to give them a
hug goodbye, which takes them by surprise, so you end up
half-embracing, which of course leads to a pat or two on the back.
About an hour or so in, that movie goes there. Instead of seeing Adam
Sandler's character as a flawed, damaged person due to his fame and
wealth, I see him as so overly selfish he wouldn't hesitate to destroy
the lives of children. Instead of enjoying Seth Rogan as the also-ran
sidekick who should get the girl, I want to punch him in the nose for
being so meddlesome, when clearly his involvement cannot reap any
But then, strangely over the next 45 minutes as the movie winds its way
to a close, I find myself enjoying the characters again. I start to
laugh again. Strangely, I'm left really feeling like I enjoyed the
movie, while in retrospect I know that at the point in which I paused
it, I was seriously considering shutting it off. Strange.
Highlight--Anziz Answari. He's brilliant.
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