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Funny People
Category Comedy , Drama
Year: 2009
Time: 146 minutes
Production: Universal Pictures
Director: Judd Apatow
Cast:
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill
MPAA R / UK15
Our Rating 3/10 - what a depressing movie!
Watchability 1/10 - once was enough
Contributed by Jordan Taylor
 
Plot:

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a successful comedian and movie-star who finds out he has a terminal blood-disorder and finds himself lost in life - that although it might seem he has everything to somebody on the outside, he is very lonely. After a breakdown at a local comedy club, George hires a stand-up comic just starting out in the business, Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), to be his PA and general handyman. That's pretty much it - I wish they put that on the DVD cover and not "A critically acclaimed hilarious film", which is just a lie.

 
So, how does it end?

So George discovers that he now wants to chase after 'the one that got away' - his old sweetheart Laura, even though she is married with a family. Ira continues to work for him for some unknown reason, even though he is treat with no respect and has basically a terrible and depressing job.
  George's body responds well to the experimental medicine, and it seems he might make a full recovery. He still wants to get together with Laura - and it turns out she is married to Aussie-rules footie loving Clarke (Eric Bana).

After another fight, Laura decides a divorce is best - at the airport both Laura and Clarke admit their mistakes, and Clarke wants to fight for their marriage. Ira is in the background, and when Clarke sees him he guesses that George has ulterior motives so races back home and beats him senseless.

On the ride home, George sacks Ira and is generally a bad guy.  Ira returns to his old job at the meat counter and continues his stand-up routines. After a little while George appears back on the scene, having had time to reflect, and apologises to Ira. He also tells him that he made some notes after watching his routine, and wants to help out with a few jokes of his own. To be honest I've heard them all before (and they weren't that funny the first time), but apparently it's a big deal in the stand-up world.

 
Comments

Seth Rogen does get a few good one-liners in the movie (it must help being the producer) and gives it his best, but Sandler jumps bombs. Do you reckon he is this miserable in real life? Every movie of his in the last 10 years (or 20?!) seems to have the same theme - miserable guy with slight anger management issue wants to completely change his life for the better. Dude, try sci-fi or something, it's getting boring!

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