Funny People – Review

November 28, 2009 in Comedy, Drama by Ralph


Judd Apatow directing Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, and Adam Sandler. Being a huge Apatow fan, I was actually kind of disappointed with Funny People. From beginning to end, the film has a very dark cloud over it, and not in a funny way. The standup stuff had it’s moments, but really wasn’t that funny, not enough to offset the depressing tone set by the character’s problems. The performances were good all around with Seth Rogan (who’s lost alot of weight) really shining. Seth Rogan is really showing a lot of diversity in his roles, especially after the very impressive Observe and Report (which although completely different movies entirely, kicked Paul Blarts ass). Clocking in at almost 2 and a half hours, Funny People plays out more like a drama with a few laughs than a comedy with a few serious moments. It’s definately not your typical Apatow film, and if that’s what you’re looking for, you might want to pass on it. Despite some of the more accurate reviews I’ve read, I really didn’t feel a strong connection to the characters, and when the emotional moments transpired, I really didn’t “feel it”. Was it a bad movie? No, but it’s not what you’re expecting based on the trailers.

Currently available on DVD and Blu Ray
Rotten Tomatoes – Score: 68%
IGN – Score: 7.0/10

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