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Funny people - Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Judd Apatow

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When seasoned comedian George Simmons (Adam Sandler) learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy comedian mentor student stand-up comedian humor humour terminal illness

Persons of interest

  • Adam Sandler .... George Simmons
  • Seth Rogen .... Ira
  • Leslie Mann .... Laura
  • Eric Bana .... Clarke
  • Jonah Hill .... Leo
  • Jason Schwartzman .... Mark
  • RZA .... Chuck
  • Aubrey Plaza .... Daisy
  • Maude Apatow .... Mable
  • Iris Apatow .... Ingrid
  • Aziz Ansari .... Randy
  • Sarah Silverman .... Herself
  • Andy Dick .... Himself
  • Norm MacDonald .... Himself
  • Dave Attell .... Himself
  • Jane Le .... Jane
  • George Coe .... George's Dad
  • Torsten Voges .... Dr Lars
  • Ca'Shawn Sims .... Herself
  • Nydia McFadden .... Mandy
  • Calvin Sykes .... Calvin
  • Nicol Paone .... Lisa
  • Judd Apatow .... Screenwriter
  • Judd Apatow .... Director

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Theatrical report

I did enjoy Funny people, it's hard not to enjoy a film with Adam Sandler as the leading man, although I didn't enjoy it as much as some of his classics. I struggled to digest the cliché of him acting out both the funny man and a dying man, I came away feeling it left an unsure taste in my mouth similar to that of Click. I hate to stereotype Sandler as only a funny man as it must frustrate his acting career no-end but I think he perhaps takes on too much by playing extreme roles (ie both serious and funny) within the same narrative.

It is important to not go in to the movie with too many expectations, especially if Sandler is your motivation for going. However if you can get through the first hour which I felt wasn't overly funny or stimulating, then the film does get increasingly better and overall I did think it was a good comedy, with some interesting and complex ideas intertwined into the storyline. It is a good film for your DVD collection but it isn't worthy of a visit to the cinema, unless it is cheap-arse Tuesday or you want a "no-brainer" for entertainment.

Funny people had a great cast and many celebrity guest appearances which made room for some great jokes and mockery of the high life. The Australian character played by Eric Bana went down well with the Aussie audience despite its exaggerated depiction of our culture, true to Hollywood style. Everyone loves a good piss take.

This isn't a film for those opposed to vulgar language or crude humour - there are plenty of references to genitalia - but if you don't mind that then it does deliver many laughs and the story does deliver a fine comedy with a dramatic overtone; it manages to subtly question modern morality and critique fame, friendship and some of the bigger questions of life and responsibility.

I gave the film a low rating as I made the mistake of having expectations and also because I am biased when it comes to Adam Sandler playing a more serious character role.

The comedy movie Funny people is directed by Judd Apatow and stars Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sexual references and coarse language)

Surveillance time

145 minutes (2:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 10 September 2009

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