“Funny People” film review

September 28, 2009

Looking for a good movie to catch this long weekend? Check out what SheSaid reader Julia Teen thought of “Funny People”.

“Funny People” lives up to its name. The people are indeed, very funny. Both leads, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan along with support cast Leslie Mann, Eric Bana and Jonah Hill pull off a comedy that is both original and highly entertaining.

The story is centred around Sandler’s character, George Simmons, a very successful but lonely actor and comedian, and aspiring stand up comic, Ira Wright, played by Rogan. After meeting at a stand up gig one night, George takes a liking to Ira and offers him a chance to write up some jokes for an upcoming gig. George, being somewhat of a co-dependant, begins to rely on Ira for matters beyond his assistant duties whilst Ira gets more of mentorship than he anticipated.

Fans of the genre will find this comedy rather strange at first. Adam Sandler is best known for comedies such as “Happy Gilmore”, “Billy Madison” and “Big Daddy”. Seth Rogan, on the other hand more recently known for his parts in “Knocked Up”, “Pineapple Express” and the “40 Year-Old Virgin”. It took a little while to get used to seeing them on the big screen together.

True fans will know that Adam Sandler used to be the film’s writer and director, Judd Apatow’s roommate back when they used to be aspiring stand-up comedians. Apatow co-wrote and consulted on many of Sandler’s scripts including The Wedding Singer and Don’t mess with the Kohan and Sandler has since consulted on a lot of Apatow and Rogan’s films.

There are some really great cameos in this movie including Ray Romano, Eminem, Sarah Silverman and as mentioned earlier Eric Bana, who’s character is hilarious. Leslie Mann, who plays George’s lost love in the movie, is actually Judd Apatow’s wife, and her two daughters are the real life couple’s children (Apatow cast his wife and daughters in Knocked up as well!)

In addition, throughout the movie reels are played of some of the characters previous stand up gigs and home movies, and these are actually real tapes of Adam Sandler and Leslie Mann that Judd Apatow has successfully welded into the storyline.

Overall, “Funny People” is a great comedy that for once is a great dramatic story as well as the typical immature jokes that previous Apatow comedies have centred on. “Funny People” is out now.

SheSaid says: 4.5 out of 5

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