Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons (Adam Sandler) doesn’t give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor (Torsten Voges) delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira (Seth Rogen). Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) writes and directs this moving comedy that also stars Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza. Directed by Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up).
Rating: 7 out of 10
As we mentioned briefly in our second episode of the podcast, there are good Apatow films and bad ones. The only trend that I notice is that the bad ones are usually the film he produces and not writes and/or directs. Luckily, we at The Movie Brothers categorize “Funny People” as a good Apatow film.
I really enjoyed this movie in that it included a very perfect blend of comedy and drama. Many people were disappointed in that this wasn’t a constant laugh-out-loud experience, which it isn’t but all of Apatow films aren’t going be like “The 40 Year Old Virgin” in that respect. Just because it isn’t 100% comedy doesn’t make it a bad film. I really liked the issues tackled in this film mainly because I haven’t seen them in other films; like the consequences of stardom, struggling with a career, relationship issues, the girl that got away, etc. Perhaps some of these issues are used in other films but this film just blends them together differently and in realistic manner.
Additionally, I was very pleased with Adam Sandler’s performance. I was briefly worried that this would be another unfunny Adam Sandler character of the last decade but as soon as I saw the trailer I knew he was going to be playing a different character. The only thing that that could have been changed would be the story and editing. Some of the subplots could have been removed or at least trimmed.