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      Funny People

      R Released Jul 31, 2009 2h 26m Comedy Drama TRAILER for Funny People: Trailer 1 List Funny People: Trailer 1 Funny People: Trailer 1 3:33 View more videos
      69% Tomatometer 236 Reviews 48% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings Recently learning that he has a fatal disease, comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler) spots a struggling performer named Ira (Seth Rogen) and decides to become his mentor. The men become close friends as George teaches Ira the art of stand-up comedy, and Ira helps George define his legacy. When an old flame (Leslie Mann) reappears and the disease goes into remission, George gets a chance to re-evaluate his life and figure out what is truly important to him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow's most mature film to date.

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      Candice Frederick Reel Talk Online This is a smart movie, one that's very unexpected. Rated: A- Sep 12, 2017 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 5/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Laremy Legel Film.com Funny People is funny, moving, dramatic, and alternately hilarious. It's a bit like a stand-up dramedy. Rated: B May 6, 2011 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The humor is merely the setting for an affecting drama about comedians. Their material is endlessly amusing, and their chummy and sarcastic behavior toward one another riotous. Yet underneath that, Apatow emphasizes how the humor presents a façade. Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 4, 2023 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault What the movie ends up saying is that some funny people will always be alone; their artistic strengths and their personal flaws are two sides of the same coin. Rated: B Sep 22, 2022 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com Feels like it is both a love song and a tribute to Apatow's life journey and the people in it through their joys, sorrows, quirks and idiosyncracies. Rated: 3.0/4.0 Sep 8, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      M B It's the oddest thing when a really good movie is made, and then, they just forget to end it, so the actors stay on the screen and keep going. Really, this is what happened with this movie. A really good, interesting plot, with Adam Sandler basically playing himself, and a supporting cast of everyone who was funny at the time. A touching story, and you really care about everyone, and then, the plot is resolved and then... The movie just keeps going. So weird. If you just stop watching it at the 90 minute mark, you're good. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/06/24 Full Review Larry K A different take on the usual Adam Sandler movie. Still kicks ass Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/09/23 Full Review Sanad A When Sympathy Turns to Confusion It's hard to fathom Judd Apatow's intentions. Is this meant to be a serious comedy? Adam Sandler takes center stage in this bewildering endeavor. He delivers his best performance yet, but the character he portrays is, to be honest, quite unpleasant. This individual has achieved fame and fortune, yet lacks any depth of character. He is a lazy, ignorant, foolish, self-pitying, spoiled, uneducated, and dim-witted individual, and the list goes on. What's strange is that the story is structured in a way that suggests we should sympathize with him, even relate to his situation. At the start of the film, he is told he has a fatal disease, but miraculously he recovers, and then we are subjected to another hour of the movie where new characters are introduced. I wanted to flee the theater and scream. There are a few humorous moments, and Jason Schwartzman and Eric Bana deliver strong performances. However, could someone please explain to me, what on earth was this? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/29/23 Full Review Steve O Star Spangled - "seriously funny" look at what comedy is - thought provoking about what relationships mean - values, priorities, life, and avoided cliches. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/17/23 Full Review Jeff N I avoided this when it came out. The word of mouth reaction was bad, so I didn't give it a chance. After seeing it, I think they botched the marketing. Another Judd Apatow comedy... but that isn't this. This is more of an Apatow attempt at doing a take on the Steel Magnolias or Terms of Endearment.... only this time focusing on a flawed and lonely male protagonist instead of a lovable dying beauty. It has some of the same element of comedy setting up tragedy... but the highs are not as high and the lows are not as low. It is a midlife crisis of a movie, about regret, the difficulty of personal growth, loyalty... there is a lot going on here. It is way better than I expected. It isn't going to be for everyone. It isn't really an Adam Sandler movie, or a Seth Rogan movie, even though they play characters that are close to their past roles and even autobiographical enough in Sandler's case to seem like that is where we are headed. No, this is a movie of an older man who is dealing with regret. Sandler regrets his choices... but so does his ex, and so does her husband. They are all dealing with regret over bad choices, and they are given a moment to make new choices. And this is where the movie elevated for me. It got a bit slow in the middle, but that was showing us that Sandler's character was not ready for the family life he thought he wanted. But he doesn't figure that out. And that leads to the denuomont. This moment reminded me of Castaway. It is the one thing I really hated in that movie. Tom Hanks comes back to find that he has lost everything. The love of his life that got him through everything has moved on, is married and has kids. That is all we know about her. She has a wonderful family. And she runs out to leave it all to go back to her old flame. After a few minutes, she figures it out and goes back inside... but the unstated damage to her marriage is done. Funny people handles the same scenario much differently and much better. We understand Sandler. He has a hollow life, moving from empty one night stand to empty one night stand. He has a terrible back story that explains his difficulty with relationships.. he has none at all with his family. And he gets almost certainly fatal cancer. This propels him to look back and reach out to the one person he connected with and almost made a commitment before his flaws kicked in and he ruined it. At the same time, we meet the love of his life. We see her pain that his actions caused. But we also see that she is in a flawed marriage, and trust has been broken. Time apart is not helping them. She already has doubts before Sandler shows up. It is his terminal disease that softens her heart towards him. This depth of development makes her betrayal of her mariage believable. And it isn't resolved quickly or easily. She doesn't ride off with her old love. Sandler doesn't get the girl. The husband doesn't get off Scott free. But the couple learns what is important through the experience. And our hero does not. At least, not right away. He lashes out, focused only on himself.... it is a real and believable response. And it takes him a good amount of time to think about his mistakes and what kind of person he wants to be. And we finish with baby steps, reaching out to a paid friend and for the first time showing growth... and it is through helping him with his comedy. A complete twist of the romantic tragedy, where the true love story is a buddy movie where our hero learns from his mistakes and begins to work on being an actual friend. Is it perfect? No. But it is a very different story, with very believable psychological situations where people make very bad choices in very real ways. It was way better than I had been led to believe, and way less of a comedy than I think people thought it was going to be. I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/18/23 Full Review Jeffrey K This film deserves a rewatch! Similar to Jennifer's Body, the marketing leading up to the release of this film had audiences going in expecting something different from what they got. What they walked away out of the theater from was a drama which borderlines on tragedy, focused on comedians (played by actual comedians) with themes of loneliness, regret, misguided attempts at happiness, fidelity, trust, family, friendship, marriage. It's got a lot going for it, and it conveys these high-risk themes in a way that, perhaps, only a 'funny person' could truly find relatable. But if that's you, oh man, does it hit home hard. If you haven't watched it since it first came out, pay it another visit. You may find it much more accomplished than you originally thought. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Recently learning that he has a fatal disease, comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler) spots a struggling performer named Ira (Seth Rogen) and decides to become his mentor. The men become close friends as George teaches Ira the art of stand-up comedy, and Ira helps George define his legacy. When an old flame (Leslie Mann) reappears and the disease goes into remission, George gets a chance to re-evaluate his life and figure out what is truly important to him.
      Director
      Judd Apatow
      Producer
      Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
      Screenwriter
      Judd Apatow
      Distributor
      Universal
      Production Co
      Apatow Company, Madison 23
      Rating
      R (Language|Crude Sexual Humor|Some Sexuality)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 31, 2009, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 23, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $51.8M
      Runtime
      2h 26m
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