My Movie Review – Funny People

Last night Liz and I checked out FUNNY PEOPLE, the third movie written and directed by Judd Apatow (following 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP).

For sure, FUNNY PEOPLE is his most "mature" movie, in that he tackles more mature themes. The gist is that Adam Sandler (in a great performance) is basically a jerk version of his real self, who is diagnosed with a very rare blood disease.

So he starts doing stand up again, and finds a very raw (and not so funny) Seth Rogen strugglLast night Liz and I checked out FUNNY PEOPLE, the third movie written and directed by Judd Apatow (following 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP).

For sure, FUNNY PEOPLE is his most "mature" movie, in that he tackles more mature themes. The gist is that Adam Sandler (in a great performance) is basically a jerk version of his real self, who is diagnosed with a very rare blood disease.

So he starts doing stand up again, and finds a very raw (and not so funny) Seth Rogen struggling at a comedy club, and hires him to write some jokes and be his personal assistant.

And off we go.

The first hour is excellent. I was really invested and wanted to see how it played out. Apatow wrote and directed a truly compelling movie.

And then … the second hour sort of devolved into a "relationship" movie, and went a little flat (although Eric Bana was hilarious in his native Australian accent), and then things picked up again at the end.

Overall, FUNNY PEOPLE is a good movie, with both series and laugh-out-loud funny moments, but it’s a bit uneven. Apatow was aiming very high. Sometimes he hit, sometimes not. I wouldn’t classify this as a ‘must see,’ but it was a quality movie with a career-defining performance by Adam Sandler, who, despite what most of his earlier work would indicate, has turned into a very, very good actor.

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