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Writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) has shown that nothing—not even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirth—is sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, “I’m trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!”
Well, lightning strikes three times with this surprisingly moving tale about a comedy superstar by the name of George Simmons (Adam Sandler, Click) who finds out that, unfortunately, his comic timing will last longer than he will. Diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, George learns his days are numbered. With the knowledge that he has nothing to lose, he decides ignore his movie stardom to take risks once again, hitting the road to work on his stand-up career.
Along the way, he mentors a struggling young comic, Ira Wright (Seth Rogan, Observe and Report), and in the process teaches him, however inadvertently, the serious, and cruel side of fame. Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) provides love and laughs along the way, in a comedy that manages to draw both tears of laughter and sadness. Grab a tissue and take the risk.
Reviews Counted: 225
Fresh:-Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, November 17, 2011
Fresh: Funny People is funny, moving, dramatic, and alternately hilarious. It's a bit like a stand-up dramedy.-Laremy Legel, Film.com, May 06, 2011
Fresh: Funny People may be deeply flawed, but at least it has an accurate title.-Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, October 27, 2010
Rotten: It's interesting stuff, I feel myself wanting to like it more than I did. Judd Apatow has a lot to say, he just hasn't mastered the tools to say it well.-Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National, September 11, 2009