Movie Review- Funny People
I had the opportunity to view the new Judd Apatow movie “Funny People”. I spent the last few years around up and coming comedians, as well as well established ones; so when I heard that the direct/writer of “40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” was taking on stand up comedy and had Adam Sandler in it, I was truly excited to see what was in store. Continue reading to view my thoughts.
Funny People – Trailer
Over the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) has shown that nothingnot even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirthis sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, Im trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck! Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience. Adam Sandler, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, RZA and newcomer Aubrey Plaza join a cast that reunites Judd Apatow with Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Jonah Hill in their third comedy together. [Official Universal / Columbia Synopsis]
Before I even start this review, I will get this off my chest, RZA cannot act and is only in this film for a total of 10 mins. (Sorry if that quickly crushes your curiosity).
Now, back to business.
Adam Sandler plays George, a stand up comedian who’s career when from successful to slightly embarrassing due to his decision to try family movies; like most real life stand up comedians decide to do. George finds out he is on the verge of dying during a routine check up and decides he wants to get back to his stand up roots. If you have ever seen a comedian going through a life crisis, you know they are either REALLY funny, or can make you want to slit your wrist. George was the latter of the two. After bombing on stage, he sticks around to watch the beginning of the comedian that followed him’s set. The comedian that went up after him was a fledgling comic by the name of Ira. After the show Ira and George have an awkward exchange that eventually leads to the two comedians working together and learning from each other.
The real story begins when George beats the disease that almost claimed his life. George’s “one that got away” becomes his life line to bring him back to reality; and almost shatters the lives of everyone involved.
This film is about being selfish, selfless, a teacher, a student, and being honest with yourself.
This is not the typical “Judd Apatow” film, but I did enjoy it. The movie may be a tad long for the average movie goer.
It was refreshing to see clips that reminded me of the old Adam Sadler. I also loved how Apatow held no punches when it came to pointing out the ugliness of human nature. I highly recommend this film, espcially if you love comedy. Here is some old school Sandler to make your ears burn. NSFW
I give the movie 4/6
PS- watch for the oddly acted, yet hilarious Eminem scene.