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
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.
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
The film's soundtrack features songs from each of The Beatles' solo careers. Adam Sandler performs a cover of John Lennon's song "Real Love" at about the halfway point of the movie during his paid jam session. See more »
When George and Ira are at George's house and Laura shows up, behind them you can see pool cleaners cleaning the pool. However, when it switches to the security camera, there is no one cleaning the pool. See more »
[at the end of song to comedy club audience]
George Simmons soon will be gone, and he's not going to miss any of you people at all. We've always had a strained relationship. You always wanted too much from me, and I'm very mad at you.
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Judd Apatow's daughter's cover of Memory is played during the credits. See more »
Make no mistake about it people. This is HARDLY a comedy. This is merely a drama wrapped in a comedic package. And the reason I stress the 'hardly' part is because it borderlines on both. It has some really great comedic scenes in it like the crying scene in the restaurant between George and Ira or the the fighting scene between Clarke and George which I think really captured the comedy of reality (which Apatow is really good at). However, that being said, what Apatow is NOT that great at is - for obvious reasons - drama. You can really tell that he had to try to capture the drama of this movie but also out-stepped his abilities in trying to make it funny as well as dramatic which at a lot of points didn't seem to pan out.
The good news is that this movie is worth watching. For many reasons I think you will find along the way (Apatow is never bad on capturing REAL human emotion). But whether or not this is a movie you will want to buy and own should all be based on what your thoughts of it were the first time you saw it.
All in all this is a movie worth spending your time with. I mean hey, you get to see Adam Sandler really trying to sing in this movie. That right there is worth the ticket.
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