Funny People is a film about stand up comedians. Namely two stand up comedians; George is hugely successful, but has just been diagnosed with a terminal disease, Ira is a struggling comedian who worships George. George of course hires Ira to help him write, then starts to build a relationship with him, only George can never quite let go of his egotistical controlling nature, which hamstrings any real relationships.
Through his illness George re-connects with his ex-wife and to say anymore would be to give too much of the plot away. Lets just say that with George there is only one thing that actually works in his life; his career.
As a film, Funny People is a little weird, it feels more like a series of stand up routines interspersed with a vague story-line. There are of course plenty of laugh out loud moments, more than enough to keep most people entertained, but it just doesn’t gel very well.
Surprisingly though, it has a positive message running alongside the main story, and in the end manages to teach us a few life lessons, if we’re willing to listen to them. Something George wouldn’t do.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: January 20th, 2010
Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, RZA, Aziz Ansari, Torsten Voges, Allan Wasserman, Paul Reiser, Andy Dick, Mark Schiff, Sarah Silverman, Maggie Siff, Eminem, Ray Romano, Tonita Castro, Justin Long
Length (Minutes): 155
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Apatow, Judd
Studio: Universal Pictures