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Funny People

Director:Judd Apatow
Cast:Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hil, Jason Schwartzman
Release Date:2009
Genre:Comedy, Drama

By Joe MacLeod | Posted 8/5/2009

OK, Seth Rogen is all over the place right now, but technically this is an Adam Sandler Movie, more a Punch Drunk Love/ Reign Over Me flavor of Adam Sandler movie, not a You Don't Mess with the Zohan/I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Adam Sandler-type movie, so you might think you already know whether or not you're gonna be lining up for this one, but no matter what side of the IQ divide you shabba-dabba-dee-doo your Adam Sandler movie on--and hey, even if you no-likee the Adam Sandler--this might be the most solid Adam Sandler movie yet, Adam Sandler-wise, as Adam Sandler (50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, Click) climbs into the bitter, successful persona of super-successful, super-sellout, super-depressed (but with good reason) comedian and movie star George Simmons (you'll start to forget he's being played by Adam Sandler, promise), who, while he's busy being a desperate and morose movie star, hires super-nobody wannabee stand-up comic Ira Wright (Seth Rogen from Pineapple Express and Observe and Report, the other mall cop movie) to help punch up his gags. Bad News-informed hilarity ensues, and writer/director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) lets us in on lots of celebrity affluence-porn as we follow George through his isolated, basically friendless life, now converging with the struggling Ira and his roommate comedy/show-biz pals who have yet to be distanced from each other by the extreme success for which they're all mad whoring themselves out.

Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Shopgirl) and Jonah Hill (Superbad, Knocked Up) are, uh, funny people who flesh out a strong lineup including Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, The 40 Year-Old Virgin) and the delightfully deadpan Aubrey Plaza from television's Parks and Recreation. This flick gets into some dark places, but not too dark, but still: dark, and could easily be a half hour shorter as it unfortunately veers into wristwatch-checking Romantic-Comedy territory (although with a nice turn by Eric Bana [Munich, Star Trek]), but it's still worth the ticket, with lots of inside-the-comedy-mind stand-up and ball-busting laughs and fun real-comedy-people cameos as George and Ira figure some shit out in spite of themselves. And seriously, the props in this movie are funny; pay attention to the stuff on the walls. We got money up right now that says Sandler gets an Oscar nomination for this, and we will take all action. Also: dick jokes. Also-also, wow, no offense, but Dave Attell is a terrible actor.

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