Funny People

  • 15
  • Judd Apatow (2009)
  • US
  • 139 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Adam Sandler built his career on dumb comedies but he's at his best when he lets the goofy mask slip to reveal a more human face. Writer/director Judd Apatow (the man behind Knocked Up and Sandler's real-life ex-roommate) gives him the ideal platform in this comedy drama, with the role of George Simmons, a self-absorbed A-list Hollywood funnyman confronting serious illness. Simmons struggles to laugh in the face of death until failing comic Ira Wright, played by Seth Rogen (doing his amiable wally routine), provides him with fresh insight. Ostensibly Wright has been hired to write jokes, but in reality Simmons fears dying alone. It may sound morbid, but the film is actually more funny than sad. By putting the spotlight on comedians offstage, Apatow milks their social awkwardness for humour while also inspiring sympathy for the childish star. A romantic subplot tips the film way off balance in the second half of the film, but otherwise it's a pleasure to be in the company of these funny people.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. Comedian George Simmons has a string of hit movies and a glamorous lifestyle, but when he is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease he realises how truly alone he is. He hires aspiring stand-up Ira Wright to provide him with new material, but then begins to turn to him for friendship, too.

Cast and crew

Cast

George Simmons
Adam Sandler
Ira Wright
Seth Rogen
Laura
Leslie Mann
Clarke
Eric Bana
Leo Koenig
Jonah Hill
Mark Taylor Jackson
Jason Schwartzman
Chuck
RZA
Daisy Danby
Aubrey Plaza
Mabel
Maude Apatow
Ingrid
Iris Apatow

Crew

Director
Judd Apatow

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Contains swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Aug 2009
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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