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Funny People (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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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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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).Read more ›
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.
For a lot of it's length I thought it would be a truly great film, but some clunky, almost sit-com plot turns in the last 1/4, a little too much length, and not-quite-there supporting performances in key roles hold it back and keep it a very good movie, not a great one.
None-the-less, far better than the often cold response in got in most of the mainstream press.
I found the jokes and humor to be at best, lame. The language was crude and sexual. Brief nudity. Perhaps what is best about the movie is that it makes sit-coms look really lame. If you think a guy saying "tweet" over and over again, spinning around in a circle is funny, then this movie is for you.
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Very good movie.I didn't find it funny,it is actually more of a drama in my opinion.Adam Sandler does a great job in this-really shows that he's capable of serious acting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sheila
item was exactly as advertised and was at my door within a couple days! well done! I'll definitely buy from them againPublished on Nov. 26 2010 by Bobby Guzums