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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 Joe
July 19th, 2011

Judd Apatow's next drawn out; lengthy picture is raunchy, crude, cute, and kind of a disappointment. I was very hyped, being I have loved and mostly adored everything Apatow has worked with/on. This doesn't come close to such directed treats as his predecessors The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Still with a smile on my face at the end, Judd usually can't go wrong.
Funny People is about a triumphant comedian named George Simmons (Adam Sandler) who becomes very sick and has received the news that he has caught a rare type of cancer and the only thing to do is risk a certain type of medication in which only 8% of people who undertake it survive. George meets a stressed and struggling comedian named Ira Wright at a comedy club who just can't find his talent. Soon, the two get to know each other, Ira becomes George's joke writer, Ira's getting funnier, and soon we get to the love life of George and the one who got away, who's married with kids (the same two kids from Knocked Up) and wants to have an affair with George. There is a great supporting cast including Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, and a lot of cameos with Ray Romano, Andy Dick, and Eminem.
The movie is basically a collection of a superstar comedian's life. His ups, his downs, his relationships with other people. The movie can be generally funny, but it's not as touching or close to as hilarious as Apatow's earlier directions. For one, Adam Sandler just doesn't fit the role for me. I don't think he's that funny in the movie, and really looks like he doesn't want to be there when it's a good time for him. Also, the movie has maybe TOO many dirty/sex jokes, and you don't always need to count on those. The movie can feel very stretched in time length, and you don't walk out of the theatre feeling like you did with The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Still an admirable, wild adventure, Funny People succeeds. B

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