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Funny People
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Directed By
Judd Apatow

Written By:
Judd Apatow

Cast:
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, RZA, Aziz Ansari, Ken Jeong, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, Norm MacDonald, Suzy Nakamura, Maria Bamford, Jason Sandler, Steve Bannos, Nicole Mandich, Brad Grunberg, Davon McDonald, Nick Dash, George Coe, Dave Attell, Samantha Quan, Jane Le, Susan Krebs, Rick Shapiro, Nicol Paone, Calvin Sykes, Aubrey Plaza, Bo Burnham, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Ezra 'Buddha' Masters, Bo Burnham, Torsten Voges, Elaine Kao, Ca'Shawn Sims, Laivan Greene, Nydia McFadden, Sammy Jack, Harris Wittels, Brian Lally, Eleanor Zee, Arshad Aslam

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Funny People (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
November 28th, 2009

I really wanted to like this movie. For the most part, I'm a big fan of Judd Apatow's sense of humour and what he brings to the screen as both a writer and director, but something was seriously off about this movie. The hook was supposed to be what if a funny guy, a man who started off in stand-up and worked his way up to silly but high box office grossing movies (similar to Sandler's real life) became very ill and was lead to believe that he was going to die. Surely there's nothing funny in that.

And there isn't. There was potential to be, but the movie flops somewhere along the way that's hard to pinpoint. While I consider myself to be a bit of a stand-up fetish chick who loves when someone can stand up in front of me on a stage and tell jokes about what they think is funny and get me to believe it's funny as well, it puts a sort of happy in my system which is unparalleled to most comedic movies. And while this movie does contain some shots of the comedians doing their stand-up gigs, they are too few and too far between to be able to resemble any glue for the mess that falls apart around it.

It might have been a better idea to not have Sandler's character get better from the disease he was diagnosed with. If they'd carried through the darker concept of a guy really having to face down death and pondering the mistakes that he'd made along the way, while not a great source of comedy, it could have been a great source for exploring the human condition.

Instead, the movie zigs and zags all over the place between playing him off as a womanizer to a soft hearted soul to a hateful guy who doesn't appreciate the friends that he has, to pining for the chick who got away. It bothered me that in order to carry along his storyline, they have that chick (an always great Leslie Mann) decide to go along with falling back in love with him, even if it doesn't have optimal results.

Probably my favorite part in the flick is when his character sits down to dinner with rapper Eminem and the musician questions him as to why he even bothered trying to get better. That he should have ridden out what life had throw at him and gone ahead and died if he was supposed to. Funny that the greatest words of wisdom that could have made the movie better came from the advice of a guy who is a comedian of sorts in his music. It's a small bit, but it sums up my feelings about the entire thing in a quick little moment meant for a laugh but deeper than anything else that the storyline explores.

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