Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann star in this seriously funny film from writer-director Judd Apatow, (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up). When famous comedian George Simmons (Sandler) is given a second chance at a new beginning, he and his assistant, a struggling comedian, Ira (Rogen), return to the places and people that matter most… including the stand-up spots that gave him his start and the girl that got away (Mann). Co-starring Jonah Hill, Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman, it’s the film critics cheer is “uproariously funny”(Sonny Bunch, The Washington Times).
Funny People is not what you expect. One might assume that the movie is a comedy of Judd Apatow’s usual calibar. Though the film may be about people who are supposed to be funny in their careers, the film itself is actually pretty dark. The humor that the movie does house is considerably funny, but it easily gets lost among the film’s more serious issues.
The film revolves around George Simmons (Adam Sandler) – a famous comedian who gets a second chance at life. Along with his assistant, struggling comedian Ira (Seth Rogen), the two make a point of reconnecting with the people at that matter most. This includes the girl that got away from George – Laura (Leslie Mann).
The general premise for the film doesn’t sound that funny. In fact, it sounds more like a drama, and that’s exactly what it feels like. However, thoughout the film there are a number of improv shows that George and Ira attend which provides for some much needed comedic relief. Even so, most of the jokes revolve around sex and farting. So needless to say, the girls won’t be as amused as the boys.
Jason Schwartzman role as Ira’s roommate Mark is also worth mentioning as is Johan Hill’s role as the other roommate Leo. The supporting cast really is the breath of fresh air, but at the end of it all – it’s mostly boy humor. Girls won’t find a lot to appreciate here.
The special features are loaded with extra goodies for any fan of the film. There are gag reels, deleted and extended scenes, commentary, documentaries, and a ton more.
Review by Emma Loggins