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Funny People
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann
Written and directed by Judd Apatow
Universal 2009
146 minutes

Funny People is not about people. It is also not funny but it isn’t supposed to be.  Director Judd Apatow claims writing credits for a movie where most scenes feel improvised. Funny People is also much, much too long. The first half and the last five minutes of this Adam Sandler DVD could have made a decent movie. This is not even a decent second rental on movie night.

Funny People is about famous comic George Simons (Adam Sandler) who learns he has an incurable disease. He befriends a struggling stand-up comic named Ira (the dreadful Seth Rogen) in an attempt to get a friend and perhaps give something back. The problem is Ira is not a likeable character even if he is set up to be. The other problem is too much of Funny People focuses on Ira, his two buddies (Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman, who together do not have enough talent to upstage Rogen), and the girl Ira has a thing for.

The first half of this movie works when it is about George Simmons coming to grips with the fact he has success but nothing else. It also works when it concentrates on Ira’s growth as a comic through George’s help.

Halfway through, Apatow pulls the plug on this story, gives it an unbelievable Hollywood twist, and makes a whole new movie about George and his ex-girlfriend. This story is not credible and sucks what life there was in this movie.

Aside from Sandler, the acting here is too wooden for a remedial undergrad acting class. The writing proves together words stringing sentence make do not a.

The Funny People 2 DVD set features gag reels, Deleted & Extended / Alternate Scenes, Line-O-Rama:  Re-watch some of the movie’s funniest scenes, but this time with alternate punch lines, Commentary with director Judd Apatow and stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen  Documentaries: Funny People Diaries: A documentary in four parts which takes audiences inside all aspects of the filmmaking process from early cast table reads and joke brainstorming sessions, to the various filmmaking techniques employed throughout the production, Judd’s High School Radio Show, Raaaaaaaandy!:  This mockumentary takes fans on the road with Aziz Ansari’s Randy character from the film, Music from Funny People: Listen to music from and inspired by the film from James Taylor, Adam Sandler, Jon Brion and RZA. From the Archives:  Watch Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow on a 1990 episode of The Midnight Hour with Bill Maher; Sandler’s first appearance on David Letterman; and Seth Rogen doing stand up at 13! The Films of George Simmons: Watch footage from George Simmons’ greatest films including Sayonara Davey and Merman, Prank Call 1990:  Watch Sandler as he performs an actual prank phone call, in this archival footage from Judd Apatow’s personal video library, “Yo Teach…!”: Go “behind-the-scenes” of “Yo Teach…!”, the television show featured in the film Funny People

Funny People on Blu-ra Hi-Def includes everything on the two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD, plus more exclusive content and interactive features, including: Enjoy more hilarious laughs with two more Line-O-Rama’s. Watch additional Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes. Additional music and an extensive look at James Taylor on the set. Over an hour of stand up performances by the film’s cast. Additional archival material including Sandler’s second Letterman appearance, Sandler at Los Angeles’ famed Comedy & Magic Club and Judd Apatow performing on The Dennis Miller Show. Hilarious prank calls from Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow. Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow’s appearance on “Charlie Rose”

U-Contro: Funny People music: Universal’s exclusive signature feature puts the viewer just a click away from additional insights into the music in the film without ever leaving the movie, and BD-Live,

The Funny People single disc DVD includes a gag reel and feature commentary with director Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

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