Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons doesn't give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira.
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I see reviews on this film and I have to say that I was a little different when it came to it. I actually really enjoyed this movie a lot. The only real criticisms I had was that it ran a bit too long and some of the focus was lost at parts. Other than that, I thought it was pretty nice. Recently Adam Sandler has been pretty bad in some of his movies. But in this movie he was combining his comedy and some more serious acting. I really enjoyed him in this role. Seth Rogen was pretty funny in his role also. And again, he added some seriousness to his acting and it really fit well. Rogen's roommates were Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill. They were in the film more towards the comic relief part and they added a bit of fun to the film. Especially Schwartzman. The two main girls were played by Leslie Mann and Aubrey Plaza. Plaza was not bad, but she was just ok. Leslie Mann was ok to watch also. Last you had Eric Bana who in my opinion is not a decent actor. But in this film he got to use his natural Australian accent and he was really funny. I think what threw viewers off was the raunchy humor mixed with serious drama. The movie had a teen comedy feel mixed with a deep independent film. I can see how that would turn some people off. But I loved the combination and I thought it fit. But hey, maybe I just like weird things. Like I said in the beginning, I really wish it was a bit shorter, because I thought the film would never end. But for some reason, it needed that extra 30 minutes to get its point across.
Well this movie wasent really that funny it was kind of like adventureland not funny like it was suppose to be i dident really like it at all. Little bits here and there were funny but all in all not good. Now for a life type lesson watch this movie for that reason it was good. I give it a 4.
You know how you go to the bar and meet this really cool girl (could be a guy, but, yeahÃ¢â‚¬Â¦) and start talking to her and sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kinda funny and kinda interesting and you catch yourself having a really nice time? SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more than you expected, a little deeper than you thought and her storyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intriguing so you slowly settle into her like khalua in coffee? Until after a couple drinks and she starts talking about her ex and how sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still hooked on him and do you think he still loves her and should she call him and what should she say when she does? She keeps talking and keeps talking and keeps talking and keeps talking and you realize sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not so different than any other girl in the place and you start looking at your watch and try to think up a good excuse to bail without hurting her feelings? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way it is with Funny People.
Funny People is, in fact, two movies. The first one is decent (three shots) but the second one is as flat as warm English beer (one shot). iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m guessing that Judd Apatow got power drunk on the successes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up and started wielding this power with all the deftness of a drunken German sloshing his stein at Oktoberfest. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like Stephen King: once he got famous, his publishers stopped editing his books and we got shafted with things like the uncut version of It (which is a huge thing to get shafted by).
The sad thing is, most of the actors turn in decent performances, especially Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen who get the chance to shrug off their clown costumes, but you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really notice this because your eyes are closed praying for the end of the film to put you out of your misery. Maybe what upsets me the most about Funny People is that Apatow should have shown a little restraint, and i hate the word Ã¢â‚¬ËœrestraintÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ even more than i hate Ã¢â‚¬â„¢sobrietyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
George Simmons is a very successful comedian. He also is a rich, lonely man. When he learns that he has a disease that could be life threatening, he decides to get someone to write his jokes for him. That someone is Ira Wright. Ira and George develop a strong friendship. Since George doesn't know if and when he'll die he also decides to track down the girl of his dreams, Laura.
Every cast member has their moment to be hilarious. The writing is very sharply written by Apatow. But what really stands out in the film is the chemistry between George and Ira. Not only are they funny together but their friendship seems real and engaging. Sandler plays George in a way that makes us feel for his character while still being funny and Rogen plays Ira in such a way that makes the audience able to relate to him. Jonah Hill's humor works once again as he plays his characters with that relaxed, monotone voice. Also, Leslie Mann has become one of my favorite actresses. Not because she is funny but because she simply can act very well in every one of her films.
The film tries to set a dramatic tone onto itself which doesn't work. The second half drags on as it tries to focus too much on the emotion of Sandler's character and forgets about the humorous writing that holds the film in place. "Funny People" ends up being two and a half hours which is ridiculous because there are definitely some scenes that were not needed, especially the ones that were trying too hard to throw the drama in your face.
So, the first half is supremely better than the second half. In fact, the first scene is one of the best scenes in the whole movie. You'll understand why if you see it. The film is worth seeing due to the great cast and the hilarious acting. "Funny People" is funny but not nearly as funny as "Billy Madison" or "Happy Gilmore."
There is a scene in this movie where Adam Sandler's character is about to go onstage to do a stand up comedy act. His ex girlfriend ask him to "Please don't do any dirty jokes". Replies Sandler,"If I do that,it will eliminate most of my act". Thats about what describes this film perfectly. About 25% sweet stuff, and 75% body part jokes. Don't get me wrong. Its funny enough. But at a massive 2 1/2 hour length, it runs out of steam. The result is a disappointing last half that will leave most people checking their watches to see if this film will ever end. The cast is perfect. This might have been Sandlers best film had it been about 45 minutes shorter. Nice try,though.
note to editors of "Funny People"........take out about a half hour of stuff so this movie doesn't drag on as much as it did. thank you. sincerly, everybody.
don't get me wrong, this movie is pretty damn funny. what do you expect from judd apatow and the cast of this movie. plenty of friggin hilarious moments from Sandler and Rogen and that fat kid from super bad(haha mr.hill), plus all the cameos really help to make this movie watchable. for me it just seemed to draaaag, and draaaaaaag and then finally end.
starts out, sandler finds out that he might not have that much longer to live and gets hella depressed(duh)and starts going back doing stand up at little places. he comes across rogen one night and eventually thinks that rogen can help him with some jokes when really he just doesn't want to be alone while he slowly dies since sandler has pushed away all this real friends and family. sad really.
apatow's movies seem to be really funny and then have that moral undertone and theme to them. this has all that for sure, but it seems to lose it's luster after the first hour and a half and then just putters out to the end. really disappointed me when it ended, i looked at my watch and just shook my head.
i gave this movie 3 outta 5 stars really just for what the theme of my review here is.....this movie was to long. believe me though, this movie IS FUNNY, but i think you can wait to rent this one. you are not going to be behind the rest of us if you wait.
George (Adam Sandler) is a successful comedian that finds out he has a blood disease and isn't given long to live. He becomes depressed and lonely and latches on to a struggling stand up comedian named Ira (Seth Rogen). He makes him his assistant and has him write jokes for him, as well as sit by his bed until he falls asleep lol. George starts to think of what his life could have been like if he didn't cheat on the love of his life (Leslie Mann) 12 years ago and tries to reconnect with her.
The movie is touching and very funny but it didn't have to be so long. There's a lot that could have been cut out. The movie has an edge because of George dieing but it loses that edge long before the movie is almost over. Funny People is still an entertaining and fun movie about dieing, friendship and love. It is occasionally depressing but it's a lot more funny than it is depressing.
Despite Sandler and Rogen showing more ability than we're used to from them, the movie has it's flaws. I mean there's no good reason for Ira to even go with George when he's visiting his ex. He's only there so they can share more scenes together. Plus there's like a million penis jokes that could have been cut out too. Judd Apatow is one of the best comedy directors, but he could be even better if he left out scenes that weren't needed. Despite that, I can't say he has made a movie I haven't liked. Plus he managed to make an Adam Sandler movie that I enjoyed. Sandler for once was actually excellent. While Rogen showed he can do more than just play a stoner.