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However, if you go into this film thinking it will be like 40-yr old Virgin or Hangover, then you will be disappointed (which is where all the low rated reviews come from).
This film does a great job of showing us the life of a Comedian/Actor who is dying from an illness.
The film has a whole lot of levels going on which is over the head of most of the people who rated the film low.
It is a comedic form of the movie Inception. You have actors playing comedians who have dual lives where they alternate from being "on" and "off"....
The problem is most people have a misconception of how comedians live their real lives.
Anyways, great movie. Go in with the mindset that you are watching a drama and this movie will blow you away.
But it's also a very clever blend of comedy and drama, which is very difficult to put together in most contemporary films. I really believe this is Sandler's best role, a mature man filled with loneliness and regret. It's an honest examination of how far a man will go to correct all of the mistakes he's made in his life.
Sandler is the star of the show, and anyone expecting the caricature that Dennis Dugan has created of Sandler should walk away. Sandler isn't doing Billy Madison, or Little Nicky here. This is Sandler playing a comedian with more depth.
The relationship between Sandler and Rogen is explored really well. Of course, I would rather see Apatow focus the whole movie on their relationship, rather than his relationship with Leslie Mann, but at least you can't fault Apatow for his ambitious vision.
The film bites off more than it can chew, but I really do believe it's one of the best comedies of the decade, and the highlight of Sandler's career.
The meandering plot begins with George receiving bad news. He finds out he's dying of a rare blood disease and recognizes a need to reassess his priorities. George spots a struggling young comic, Ira Wright, at a local comedy club and hires him to write material and become his gopher. They bond quickly, and Ira becomes George's confidant, the only one who knows of his fatal diagnosis. Ira also has two roommates, another stand-up comic and an actor who has already caught his break starring as a teacher in a high school-set sitcom.Read more ›
The first hour of this movie is actually pretty great. It establishes the two main characters well, Seth Rogen's trying to find a way through the door comedian Ira, and Sandler's character of George Simmons which is mostly meant to mock his real life success as a movie star. Rogen is essentially playing the same character he has played in most of his starring comedic roles up to this date (minus Observe and Report) so its mostly Sandler's show in this one. They do a great job at lampooning his career with him but also let him be an interesting character in his own right with the look into his hollow existence and self realization of it. Its quite entertaining as they develop a working relationship and go on the stand up circuit.
The Movie kind of falls apart after the first hour after a plot device from that hour is dropped and so the film goes off a completely different tangent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a comedy, though the funny is still there. A drama that makes one think, feel, and appreciatePublished 2 days ago by Cyndi Parker
Really cool, different premise that I liked a lot. Lots of great stuff, but the movie felt a little long and kind of like two or three different movies in one the way they do it.Published 1 month ago by Gabe Lehner
Okay, seriously...this is my favorite Adam Sandler movie! I remember spending an entire summer watching it because I loved it so much. Made me laugh and cry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lilli Pad
"Funny People" is one of Judd Apatow's more serious outings and should not be viewed as a comedy, but rather a drama with funny undertones. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sheepdog
Said "hey, its Sandler, it has to be good." Groaned in agony when I realized it was 8:30 at night and the movie was 2hrs 32mins. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kristin
By far the worst as most disgusting movie Adam Sandler has done. Very disappointing.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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