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Funny People (2009)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 31 July 2009 (USA)
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When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

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Judd Apatow

Writer:

Judd Apatow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Maude Apatow ... Mable
Iris Apatow ... Ingrid
RZA ... Chuck
Aziz Ansari ... Randy
Torsten Voges Torsten Voges ... Dr. Lars
Allan Wasserman ... Dr. Stevens
Rod Man ... Rod Man
Wayne Federman ... Comedy & Magic Manager
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Storyline

George is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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George Simmons was prepared to die, but then a funny thing happened.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,657,780, 2 August 2009

Gross USA:

$51,855,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,585,235
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Schwartzman based his character on people that he knew, saying "There's a couple of people who I've seen rise to fame too quickly before my own eyes." See more »

Goofs

When Ira is playing George his playlist you can see he clicks on the second song but when it flicks back the song highlighted is way further down. It flicks back again and the highlight is back to the second spot. See more »

Quotes

Mark: When my grandfather died, there was one candle next to his bed. And the candle started flickering. We all thought it was him going to Heaven, you know?
Leo: You don't pass through fire to get to Heaven. I think he went to Hell.
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Crazy Credits

Judd Apatow's daughter's cover of Memory is played during the credits. See more »


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Memory
Written by T.S. Eliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn
Performed by Maude Apatow and Larry Goldings
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Good first half, but then...
14 August 2009 | by Jim-500See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the first half of Funny People. I don't think I've ever seen any other Adam Sandler flicks (I didn't want to), so I was happily surprised by the good mix of comedy and drama here.

As soon as Sandler's ex-girlfriend and her family enter the fray, though, the film comes to a screeching halt. And when we learn new facts about his disease, the film turns itself upside down and inside out trying to figure out what it wants to do with this information. No one knows how to react; not Sandler, not the girlfriend, and not her husband. Judd Apatow thinks they do, but it's so hard to follow the character's ideas and feelings here that the film becomes unreadable. Because we don't know where the characters are coming from, we don't know whether we're watching comedy or drama, so we don't know how to feel or react. The little girls, while enjoyable to watch, are cloying and don't advance the story. And when a lot of screen time is devoted to the people playing games and generally goofing around, you're no longer watching the characters--you're watching the actors simply having a good time, which further slows down and confuses the story.

Seth Rogen's character seems to know what's right, but his voice gets lost amid all the confusion until the end, when we get an all-too-convenient moral finish that doesn't address any of the important issues raised in the film.

I think this could have been a much better film with a lot of the meandering in the second half either tightened up or removed.


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