Funny People

Funny People

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Director: Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann

Cast: Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann

     
 

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Judd Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie's opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This news gives him the impulse to go back out and work on his standup, something he hasn

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Judd Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie's opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This news gives him the impulse to go back out and work on his standup, something he hasn't done in years thanks to the massive success of his movie career. At a club, he meets struggling standup Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), takes a shine to him, and hires the young man both to write jokes and to be his personal assistant. Ira, who's been sleeping on a friend's pull-out couch and working a day job at a deli, enjoys the glimpse into the superstar lifestyle, but soon the protégé discovers how selfish and egocentric his mentor really is. Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill, and a host of famous standup comics make cameo appearances as themselves.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
As a director/writer/producer/guru, Judd Apatow has been the hallowed king of comedy movies for the last few years -- it seems just about the only complaint people have about his work is that it's too long. Funny People, his third directorial effort, won't change anybody's opinion on that matter. However, he's taking his time for all the right reasons, and the result is a raucously funny and poignant love letter to standup comics. Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie's opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This news gives him the impulse to go back out and work on his standup, something he hasn't done in years thanks to the massive success of his movie career. At a club, he meets struggling standup Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), takes a shine to him, and hires the young man both to write jokes and to be his personal assistant. Ira, who's been sleeping on a friend's pull-out couch and working a day job at a deli, enjoys the glimpse into the superstar lifestyle, but soon the protégé discovers how selfish and egocentric his mentor really is. The Terms of Endearment-meets-raunchy standup comedy concoction hums along nicely, but Apatow takes an unexpected detour in the last hour when George and Ira travel to see Laura (Leslie Mann), George's ex-girlfriend. The two spend the day with her and her two daughters (age ten and six, played by Mann and Apatow's real-life daughters), and George and Laura rekindle their old romance. However, her resolve to leave her philandering husband (Eric Bana) starts to crumble when he makes a surprise return home from a business trip and joins everyone for a dinner -- a scene that best exemplifies Apatow's ambitious mixture of drama and comedy, and how he can utilize uncomfortable pauses in conversation to achieve the response he wants from the audience. At their weakest moments, Apatow's 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up felt padded with extended comic digressions -- you got the sense that he indulged his performers a little too much. Funny People, on the other hand, is stuffed to bursting with plot details. As if he were borrowing a page from the James L. Brooks playbook, Apatow wants to wring laughs and tears out of almost every scene -- and, more often than not, he pulls it off. This is a testament to his writing skills, as well as to the performers. And Apatow's actors are across-the-board brilliant. Spanglish, Punch-Drunk Love, and Reign Over Me all showed that part of Adam Sandler wanted to expand beyond the man-child comic persona that made him an A-list movie star -- but by playing a character as famous as he himself is, Sandler achieves his finest work so far. He makes George seem naturally funny, but he also never lets us forget that this über-wealthy Hollywood celebrity is a self-hating, egotistical monster. Those two sides of his personality aren't compartmentalized, but rather they feed each other. He's a remarkably unpleasant guy, and Sandler neither sanitizes nor glorifies his pain. It's an impressive portrait of a man who's gotten everything he ever wanted, and then realized he doesn't want any of it. And he's paired beautifully with Seth Rogen, who cuts way back on the smart-ass vibe and instead plays Ira like a potty-mouthed, wide-eyed kid. He exudes an inherent sweetness, even when he's delivering a hilarious routine about his grandfather's genitals. The film is so loaded with great little details, and so full of big laughs, that it's easy to forgive the faults -- and it does have some. Yes, everything resolves itself rather tidily, and the star cameos might be just a bit too self-congratulatory. And at two hours and twenty minutes it might be overly long. But none of these things detract from how entertaining and moving the whole thing is, in large part because he knows so much about this world. Apatow has created a clear-headed and big-hearted look at what drives the people who do exactly what he does for a living. He knows and understands what makes comedians tick -- and he makes us care about them as much as he does.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
UPC:
0025195053815
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
4:00:00

Special Features

Classic Stand-Up Footage From Sandler & Rogen; Over 35 Minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes!; ; Collector's Edition Bonus Features; ; Deleted Scenes; Extended & Alternate Scenes; Line-O-Rama; More Gag Reel; Funny People Diaries- A Documentary In 4 Parts; "Yo-Teach!" - Episode and Behind-the-Scenes; Raaaaaaaandy! Documentary; The Films of George Simmons; Adam Sandler's Prank Phone Call; ; Feature Commentary with Director Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler & Seth Rogen ; Gag Reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler George Simmons
Seth Rogen Ira Wright
Leslie Mann Laura
Eric Bana Clarke
Jonah Hill Leo Koenig
Jason Schwartzman Mark Taylor Jackson
Aubrey Plaza Daisy Danby
RZA Chuck
Iris Apatow Ingrid
Maude Apatow Mabel
Torsten Voges Dr. Lars
Allan Wasserman Dr. Stevens
Aziz Ansari Randy
James Taylor Himself
Ray Romano Himself
Eminem Himself
Sarah Silverman Herself
Dave Attell Himself
Paul Reiser Himself
Andy Dick Himself

Technical Credits
Judd Apatow Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Alpert Editor
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Andrew Jay Cohen Co-producer
Jack Giarraputo Executive Producer
Evan Goldberg Executive Producer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
Barry Mendel Producer
Brendan O'Brien Co-producer
Seth Rogen Executive Producer
Jefferson Sage Production Designer
Jason Schwartzman Score Composer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Clayton Townsend Producer
James F. Truesdale Art Director
Brent White Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Funny People
1. Main Titles [5:44]
2. Otto's My Lotto [:52]
3. Raaaaaaaandy [:38]
4. Jokes [2:41]
5. Big House Problem [:15]
6. Kill Me [3:00]
7. Playlist [1:14]
8. Dr. Lars [:18]
9. The Palm [1:07]
10. Laura's Visit [:30]
11. Thanksgiving [4:59]
12. Get Back To Your Life [1:07]
13. Talk Me To Sleep [3:57]
14. Laura's Ranch [3:33]
15. Clarke's Return [:01]
16. Oye! [5:17]
17. No Pressure [4:13]
18. Lawn Fight [1:30]
19. Glad You're Back [1:35]
20. End Titles [4:02]

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Funny People 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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bookin-it More than 1 year ago
Firs thing's first: Is the movie as funny as Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin? No. Not even close. In fact, it ends up making the crude dialogue even more uncomfortable than in previous films because there's no laughter to release the tension. Adam Sandler, though great in serious roles, wasn't given the opportunity to really be at his best (dramatically speaking). And Seth Rogan, it seemed like, was just along for the ride of a guarantee success and there were very few ad-libbed scenes where the actors could really strut their comedic stuff. On a possitive note, the movie had a great message (though the characters make many mistakes in the process), and was very tender with the deep issues it deals with just as Apatow has proven himeslf faithful to do. My guess is that if you're not expecting 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up, you'll likely enjoy this movie. Go into it expecting a drama, not a comedy.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
Judd Apatow has made a name for himself in producing and directing amazingly hilarious, raunchy R rated comedies. While he's had a long career which includes the well reviewed and prematurely cancelled TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, his name really came into prominence when he produced the movie that launched the leading man career of Will Ferrell in the 70's newscaster spoof Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. In 2005 he directed his first feature film launching the movie career of Steve Carrell with the movie 40 Year Old Virgin, a movie I count as my favorite comedy, and list in my top 10 favorite movies of all town. After that he launched Seth Rogen's career in the superb Knocked Up, Jonah Hill's career with Superbad, and Jason Segel's career with Forgetting Sarah Marshall my second favorite movie in the bunch. With Funny People, Apatow adds Adam Sandler, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Bana, and even Eminem to the mix. The question is, how did it stand up? It should really be said that Funny People is not as completely a comedy in the way that 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up are comedies. Funny People is a much more naked, emotional affair than either of the previous movies. That's not to say that the film is not funny, it has more than it's fair share of comedy, bringing in many superstar comedians including Dave Attell, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, Andy Dick, etc. There's also some great stand up to be seen from the likes of Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Aubrey Plaza (who steals nearly every scene she's in as Daisy), and of course Adam Sandler. Seeing the inner workings of comics and funny people trying to break their way into the business, and their interactions with each other gives our characters and the writer a lot of comedic material to mine, and they mine it well. Comedy is not at the forefront of the this movie though. In reality, the movie is about finding life in the midst of death, and to that end the writing and the acting is superb. As a dying comedian trying to find his humanity, Adam Sandler finds a funny and serious streak unlike just about anything we've seen him in. While we've seen him do serious before in Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and Spanglish this is arguably the best performance he's given so far, mixing in the old Adam Sandler we've seen in Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison with a much older and mature Sandler. Seth Rogen, also does a much different role than that of the pot smoking slacker schlub than what we're used to from him. Playing a confidant, assistant, and writer for Simmons, Rogen plays Simmons last link to humanity and his conscience. Seeing both of these characters somewhat out of their element and playing the characters amazingly well is a very nice change of pace. For all it's strengths, there is one major weakness: running time. At 146 minutes, Funny People can drag a little bit in the more serious dramatic areas, especially when you really want more of the strong comedic material you've seen throughout the movie. In all honesty though, I couldn't tell you what should have been cut to make it shorter. The arc of George Simmons really needed the running time to help flesh out the characters. All in all, I would say that Funny People is a great movie definitely worth seeing, if not in the theater, definitely on DVD where you can get up and move around when you feel like it.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this movie seriously does stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!