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Funny People [Blu-ray]

Adam Sandler , Seth Rogen , Judd Apatow    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann star in this seriously funny film from writer-director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up). When famous comedian George Simmons (Sandler) is given a second chance at a new beginning, he and his assistant, a struggling comedian, Ira (Rogen), return to the places and people that matter most...including the stand-up spots that gave him his start and the girl that got away (Mann). Co-starring Jonah Hill, Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman, it's the film critics cheer is "uproariously funny!" (Sonny Bunch, The Washington Times)


Funny People pulls off quite a feat: it examines the sources of comedy and manages to be knockout funny. Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a successful comedian of Adam Sandler proportions who is diagnosed with a fatal blood disease. Faced with impending death, he recognizes that he has no friends and decides to make a best friend out of an aspiring young comedian named Ira (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up). This lopsided relationship gradually takes on aspects of true friendship as Ira forces George to try to reconnect with the people in his life, including his ex-girlfriend Laura (Leslie Mann, 17 Again). But forging real relationships conflicts with all the impulses that feed George's comedy: can he truly re-create his life? Funny People has enough raw, no-inhibitions comedy to satisfy Sandler fans, but the core of the movie is far more complex and compelling--and significantly, Sandler rises to it. He, Rogen, and Mann all deliver superb performances, as does the supporting cast (including Jonah Hill, Superbad; Jason Schwartzman, Rushmore; and Eric Bana, Munich). Funny People fits into the ranks of such classics as Hannah and Her Sisters and Terms of Endearment: movies that blend sadness and joy into a vibrant picture of life. --Bret Fetzer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious People Dec 3 2009
Are you a fan of Adam Sandler? How about Seth Rogen? Judd Apatow?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, check your assumptions at the door before watching Funny People.

Guys like Sandler and Apatow seem to have painted themselves into a corner in certain ways. People expect certain things from each: Lots of toilet humour, fart jokes, ridiculous situations, and so on. Most importantly people go to those movies expecting to forget their problems and just laugh. Funny People, despite its title, is not one of those movies. Remember when Sandler did Punch-Drunk Love, and people didn't get it? This isn't "out there" like Punch-Drunk was, but it's no feel-good comedy either.

Sandler is George Simmons, a successful comic and movie actor who is famous around the same level as Sandler himself. He's just been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. Not knowing what to do with what time he may have left, and not having any real true friends or relationships, Ira (Seth Rogen) suddenly appears in his life.

Ira is a struggling stand-up comedian who lives with two roommates played by Jonah Hill (once again playing his "mean fat guy" character) and Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman is a semi-successful actor who has the lead role on a terrible kiddie sitcom called "Yo Teach!" He uses this success to belittle Ira whenever he can, who is still living on a pull-out bed.

Simmons takes Ira under his wing, hiring him as a writer and assistant, and eventually and reluctantly befriending him. Things begin to go awry when a lonely Simmons finally contacts the only woman he ever loved, and cheated on (Leslie Mann), who is now married (to Clarke, played by an unusually hilarious Eric Bana) with two kids (Mann's actual kids).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Apatow's worse entry by far... Jan. 14 2014
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Adam Sandler... this guy makes the character quite likeable at first, but a plot point has him going back to what Adam Sandler usually does: retro-evolve his characters. Here, where the movie almost promises a different Sandler, we get the same annoying acting chops the guy can muster to try and keep his career alive and goes about as far as possible as Apatow's style of filmmaking, making it the longest, most boring and dull entry.

Sandler isn't the only problem here: Apatow's style allows for actors to improvise, and this means many moments could have been very different had Apatow stuck to his guns instead of letting the camera roll.

Special features are VERY satisfying, for some reason. Two disc set includes hours upon hours upon hours of featurettes, interviews, behind the scenes spots, trailers, music videos, etc.

At least, Apatow made "This is 40", which was a much better, smarter and more touching piece of filmmaking. As for "Funny People", the only funny thing is the title and a few moments, the rest is pretty screwed up, thanks to Sandler. If you're asking yourself if I liked anything Sandler ever did, my answer is YES: Punch Drunk Love. That one was perfectly cast to where Sandler's talent seemed to go.

If, like me, you do not like Sandler and still think about giving this movie a shot, do so, but you've been warned.. maybe you'll like it, I wish you do... but I didn't and henceforth, Sandler is written in red on my black list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dramalarious July 11 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Extremely funny with a somewhat serious main topic, but let's face it, when you pit the writing and direction of Judd Apatow with the comic genious of Seth Rogan and Adam Sandler and comedic timing of Leslie Mann. No chance of disappointment.
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