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Funny People
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Directed By
Judd Apatow

Written By:
Judd Apatow

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 Jessica Film Junkie
March 29th, 2010

Two Movies in One

Favorite Movie Quote: "I am sick of these guys' rap songs. They say 'Girl, drop it like it's hot', 'Shake it'. I want to make a rap song that says 'Boy, brush your teeth, give me your jacket, I'm f**king freezing.'"

Okay, yes, it is too long. Let's just get that out of the way: it is a very long movie. However that being said I did enjoy it.

As with the other two Apatow life-defining comedy, 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up', he finds a way to mix the saltiness of his humour with the sweetness of his characters.

Here we follow Adam Sandler playing somewhat close to the world's perception of him as a huge comedy star coping with his impending death. He befriends Seth Rogen's struggling stand-up and hires him as an assistant/joke writer and naturally their bond takes flight.

The problem with the film is that it is really two movies. One is about this comedian coming to terms with his choices, this is a drama that I would like to see. The other is a comedy about Rogen and his roommates, Jason Schwartzmann and Jonah Hill, all comedians at different points in their career. I would also like to see this movie.

So in the end, I wish they had made two separate movies that would have been great, instead they made one meandering flick that never quite works.

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Aug 30, 2010 4:24 PM
Sandler is not what I consider a "funny" actor. He's on my list of current players who appear in movies that lean more towards the silly than comic. Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and others don't fit my criteria for what's funny on-screen. Enjoyed your review nonetheless.

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