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Funny People (2009)

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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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Judd Apatow

Writer:

Judd Apatow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... George Simmons
Seth Rogen ... Ira Wright
Leslie Mann ... Laura
Eric Bana ... Clarke
Jonah Hill ... Leo Koenig
Jason Schwartzman ... Mark Taylor Jackson
Aubrey Plaza ... Daisy Danby
Maude Apatow ... Mable
Iris Apatow ... Ingrid
RZA ... Chuck
Aziz Ansari ... Randy
Torsten Voges ... Dr. Lars
Allan Wasserman ... Dr. Stevens
Rod Man ... Rod Man
Wayne Federman ... Comedy & Magic Manager
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

George Simmons was prepared to die, but then a funny thing happened.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler Project See more »

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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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George (Adam Sandler) and Ira (Seth Rogen) are named after the Composer and Lyricist brothers George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen/medicine scene, in the last part of the scene, someone can be seen moving outside the window. George mentions his workers and later in the movie we see more evidence that he has lots of servants and people working for him, so the person outside the window was probably a servant. See more »

Quotes

Ira Wright: I masturbate so much with hand cream, I forget people use it for shit other than masturbating. Literally, when I'm in public and I see someone pull out hand cream, I'm like "This guy's about to jerk off!"
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Seinfeld (1989) 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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Why Are People Not Enjoying This Film?
31 July 2009 | by ryanburt8See all my reviews

This film is certainly not Apatow's best. It seems people are giving it a bad rep because its (truth be told) a little too long, but the length doesn't take away from the content. I think this film is an explanation about many comedians, not all, but many. It shows how comedy is often drawn from depression, inadequacies, a persons internal pains expressed through comedy. This film is fantastic in my mind, it contains the humor, along with the drama, and while it may not top "40 year old.." or "Knocked Up' it was wonderful. Expect some great cameos. great acting, enjoyable story-line, and the same Apatow crew that we now know and love. I give this film a 9/10 because it kept me interested, kept me laughing, and is a welcomed addition to Judd's resume.


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