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Funny People, Movie

Funny People 2009

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Despite producing several of the best comedies of the last few years (including Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Superbad) this is only Judd Apatow's third film behind the camera (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up). The all-star cast includes Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman. More

Funny People is the story of a famous comedian (Sandler) who has a near-death experience. Says Apatow: "I'm trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck." Hide

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Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer

Writer-director-producer Judd Apatow’s third film as a director aims for something a bit more substantial than your average comedy but can’t decide what exactly that should be. The film’s too juvenile to be an affecting drama but too melancholic to be a genuine rib-tickler.

It’s also half an hour too long and could have done with a good trim. At times it feels like Apatow is hijacking all the goodwill earned with his terrific previous films (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) to make us sit through a self-indulgent vanity project (the casting of his wife and kids in main roles does nothing to convince us otherwise).

Luckily, Apatow has retained his knack for creating loveable characters. Eric Bana steals every scene he’s in, while Seth Rogen is the geek we all are inside. Adam Sandler earns himself further appreciation as a mega-successful comedian who regrets his life choices.

The film’s relaxed, shambolic pace and well-chosen soundtrack hints at the director’s assured ambitions but when the credits eventually roll Funny People has long outstayed its welcome.

The People's Reviews


17 ratings and 17 reviews


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Boooooring blablabla

Gerd Flicks Superstar (?)

Tries to express intellectual sense of humour out comes only boring and meaningless blabla.


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Aced Nobody (?)

Worst film by Adam... DAMN u fail me Adam... LONG BORING film................. FAIL... F.A.I.L....


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Best Movie Of The Year

Brenda Nobody (?)

This movie actually makes me want to go and buy it. I am for sure buying it.


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I liked it

Matthew-Bluck Wannabe (?)

It was a long movie and it did become a different movie near the end but it was ok, I liked what it did and it went beyond the normal catharsis that one would expect from this kind of narrative into something different. Watchable with amusement


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Maybe you need to have death in your face to get this?

John2 Flicks Superstar (?)

I saw this movie a couple of months ago and enjoyed it immensely. I've been surrounded by dying people for three years now and the black humour used by Adam Sandler and team is massively enjoyable. But no, it's not a traditional Adam Sandler project and I think we need to go for dark humour or drama rather than hilarity.


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Walked out

A Nobody (?)

Sorry I wasted good money, for bad language, and not funny


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Nick Nobody (?)

You know I loved it that it was long.
I like getting more bang for my buck, especially if its a good bang.
Its like how radio refuses to play songs longer than three and a half minutes, but sometimes you need a bit longer to do something great.
If everyone stuck to the mold of radio pop, it would be a bland world indeed.
Here is a movie with plenty of comedy, and a real story underneath.
This is not radio pop.
The writers have had a ball with little skits and cameos, and then with layers of meaning done without the cheese of most comedies. You could even learn something here.
Take the time to enjoy it all.


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too long ...

Bernie Nobody (?)

not actually a bad movie - has it's moments but too few and too far between, it just didn't seem to work.
Seinfeld - is/was a comedy that made of nothing happening - this move seems to try the same thing.


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Long, Boring, Directionless

Simon Nobody (?)

I've seen some bad movies but this takes the cake. I recon the guy or gal that put the trailer together should have re-cut the whole movie. The trailer is actually quite good. The movie is just rubbish.

My girl and I came out in a state of disbelief. It was long, it had no direction, no plot to speak of, bad acting and even the stand-up was average. There are a couple of good one-liners but that's about it.

Don't waste your money!!


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lolz Nobody (?)

There is a lot you can do in two and a half hours. Have a nice chat to your folks for the first time in a while. Do some baking. Read a book. Relax to some Debussy playing sweetly in the background. Take a wander amongst the springtime bloom in the Gardens. Anything other than wasting your time and money on this bullshit. This 'thing' tries to play the thoughtful, dark, moving character piece while at the same time remains filled with penis jokes and crappy clichéd banter. I like Judd Apatow, and I like a lot of his films, but this one left me feeling ANGRY. Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish.


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too long and not funny enough

Skipperlee B-Grader (?)

This film is like two films. The young up and coming comedian meets 'dying' older one, and then olders ones trying to redeem life with a lost love. The two don't gel. The second bit could have been done without all together other than the fact that the funniest bit comes in with Eric Bana's character. Way way too long, and way too many penis jokes. Once is funny, twice is ok, but keep going...not so funny.


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Comedy? I Don't think so!

mike Nobody (?)

Crap film. Not a comedy at all, more a dark comedy. If your idea of a comedy is, a lot of good actors telling bad sexual jokes, with a depressing storyline, then this is the movie for you. Some of the other reviews must be from the promoters.


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One of the Best "Drama's" of the Year so Far

S.M Nobody (?)

This Was a Well Done Movie, It had a good Story Line and a good Cast Line Up, It was Probably One of the Best Drama's of the Year So far. It Didnt really bring any "Comedy" as People would of Expected, it bought more of a real life sort of vibe to it,A bit dramatic and sad but still a Good Movie.


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Hah hah, well... not very.

Chris Fetto Nobody (?)

The last laugh in this film is on you if you bother to see it. The idea behind the film doesn't have enough in it to sustain it for over 2 hours. What's there could've been compressed into an hour without losing much. Don't think you're going to be in fits with this flick. The jokes add disappointingly little to the flick - occasionally amusing but not good enough to really shake your ribs.


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Best cast this year

Chris Nobody (?)

I cannot wait for this film... sounds like a hoot!

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Press Reviews

68% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow's most mature film to date."

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Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

The thing about Funny People is that it's a real movie. That means carefully written dialogue and carefully placed supporting performances -- and it's ABOUT SOMETHING. Full review.

Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

Apatow's gags can still make me laugh out loud, but Funny People's flirtation with serious drama is forced and uncomfortable. Full review.

Empire (UK)

An absolute treat. In spite of its disappointing climax, this is Apatow’s smartest, rudest and -- yes -- funniest film yet. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Apatow is on the right track. In moving his adolescent male comedies into more adult realms, the humor sharpens and characters deepen. Full review.

Los Angeles Times

Any sort of new insight into comedy's darker themes, to say nothing of life's, eludes Funny People. Instead Sandler and Rogen and the rest are left to wander aimlessly, with tedious comedy gigs, an even more tedious faux sitcom and relatively vapid relationships masquerading as a plot. Full review.

New York Times

There’s something irritatingly self-satisfied about Funny People, which explains why, though it glances on the perils of fame, it mostly affirms its pleasures. Full review.

Total Film (UK)

A comedy-drama full of beauty and ugliness, profundity and profanity. Eventually loses its way but, for at least 100 minutes, it’s some sort of masterpiece. Full review.

Variety (USA)

Amusing and engaging yet lacking in snap and cohesion, this insider's look at the world of standup comics in contempo Los Angeles rings true in its view of the variously warped, stunted and narrow lives of its mostly male denizens. Full review.