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Funny People (2009)
Hey Apatow! You just lost a loyal fan...(SPOILER ALERT!)
This film is one of the worst, most uninteresting, pointless, worthless, un-engaging, product-placement conforming, unfunny, anti-dramatic comedy-dramas I have seen in a long, long, long time. I was soooo excited for this film though as it was being obnoxiously and arrogantly advertised as "the third film by Judd Apatow", thus deriving the notion that Apatow finally realized what a golden god he is to the comedy genre after the release of "Knocked Up" which resulted him to become one of the most seemingly arrogant, care-free, and undisicplined filmmakers in Hollywood since M. Night Shyamalan made "Lady in the Water". It's a shame because with "The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" I could see the modesty yet boldness and fresh originality Apatow had with his material and direction. But with "Funny People" the modesty was gone and it showed in the awfulness of its final cut.
In Apatow's failure with "Funny People", the comedy is so unfunny, inappropriate, out of place, dull, and most of all, contrived. (SPOILER!) Even the jokes that Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen told during the scenes involving their stand-up routines were just awful and painful to watch when they are supposed to be funny.
Concerning the dramatic aspects in "Funny People", the drama is so uninteresting, boring, pointless, worthless, disconnecting, and unrelatable. Beyond that, it wasn't even good drama. Let's face it: it was terrible drama. Not only was it terribly written drama it was also terribly directed drama. Then again, every single aspect of this film, both dramatic and comedic, was terribly written and directed! It was the most boring piece of garbage from start to finish of all of its 140-some-odd minute runtime.
I have never seen a filmmaker have such disregard for his audience while becoming so obsessed with himself and his desire to make his "personal film" by trying to copy (and failing miserably) the narrative and aesthetic style and substance of James L. Brooks.
Now, I know that some to a lot of you reading this will want to attack me for hating on Apatow's "personal project". No matter what, every film, no matter how personal or non-personal, must have extremely ultra-hard work and tough discipline combined with acute sharpness and awareness of its audience in tact. This film had none of that. It seemed as if Apatow relied too much on a general idea but he never fleshed that general idea out to engaging three-dimensionality. What resulted is the most flatlined, one-dimensional film I have seen in a while.
In closing, I am not trying to be spiteful or anything but I was just angry after seeing this film in the theatres! If I hadn't paid money, I might be a little more forgiving towards Apatow. But you will see that I have given this film a "1 (awful)" rating out of "10". In truth, I give this film a zero rating out of 10 because to earn at least a "1" out of "10" you have to give a care about your film and your audience and stop being so full of yourself as a filmmaker. It's one thing to be full of yourself as a filmmaker and still know how to make an engaging film, but it's another thing when you're full of yourself and are blinded by how full of yourself you really are. As I said before, with "The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" I could see the modesty yet boldness and fresh originality Apatow had with his material and direction. But with "Funny People" the modesty was gone and it showed in the awfulness of its final cut.
It is a terrible shame because this film could have been fantastic! It could have been Apatow's masterpiece! But it seems to me that he just didn't care and was blinded by his own success and the admiration critics and audiences have for him.