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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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Comedy | Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Clarke: Have you worked with Cameron Diaz? That girl is hot, isn't she? Fuck!
[laughs, then looks at Laura]
Clarke: What? She's on my free pass list. Who's on yours?
Laura: George.
Clarke: [points at George] This George?
George Simmons: Look out.
Laura: Yeah.
Clarke: Oh, well, I'll just have Cameron then. On her surfboard.
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Connections

Featured in Funny People: HBO Behind the Comedy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Memory
Written by T.S. Eliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn
Performed by Maude Apatow and Christopher Wong
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How about "Amusing but Sometimes Sad People" as an alternate title?
14 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Not your typical Judd Apatow movie. But with snippets of a typical Judd Apatow movie.

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. Gross.

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 positive gain.

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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