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The story

Wildly successful comedian/film star George Simmons (Adam Sandler) learns he has leukemia. ‚??A rough road ahead of you,‚?Ě says Dr. Lars (Torsten Voges). There‚??s an outside chance an experimental drug can help. George has no confidantes, no friends, no family except an estranged sister who‚??s no help. ‚??You‚??re so selfish,‚?Ě she says. On an impulse, he hires joke writer/stand-up wannabe Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) to be writer-companion-friend. George confides only in him. ‚??I don‚??t want to be treated like the guy who‚??s gonna die,‚?Ě he says. Ira quits his day job at Otto‚??s Deli to travel with George on a journey of self-discovery, retracing George‚??s comedy club beginnings and visiting now-married girl friend Laura (Leslie Mann). Ira and George have a rocky relationship. ‚??You‚??re my only friend,‚?Ě George says, ‚??and I don‚??t even like you.‚?Ě

Can Ira help George get his life together? Does Ira have a chance with stand-up comic Daisy (Aubrey Plaza)? Will George ever be happy?        

The actors

Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen are George and Ira, an odd couple at the center of this comedy-drama. In his straight scenes, Sandler convinces. George is full of himself, domineering, a womanizer, but angry, depressed and scared. As Ira, Seth Rogen is George‚??s opposite ‚?? well meaning, malleable and sexually inexperienced. Their scenes together are among the film‚??s best. But we see both men doing their stand-up comedy ‚?? annoying, crude, unfunny sexual humor ‚?? that undercuts sympathy we might feel for their characters. Leslie Mann is Laura, George‚??s one true love, now married to Clarke (Eric Bana), a loud Australian self-promoter ‚?? unlikable, but a funny character.

Other comments

‚??Funny People‚?Ě is an unfocused, over-long, crude, not very funny comedy drama about the inner life of people who earn their living making the rest of us laugh. Written and directed by Judd Apatow (‚??The 40-Year Old Virgin,‚?Ě ‚??Knocked Up‚?Ě), it‚??s an ambitious departure from his previous raunchy-sweet buddy comedies. Here comedy is competition, lies, insecurities, humiliation. At the center of the meandering plot is George‚??s terminal illness. Can he deal with it? ‚??I hope you find a way to be happy,‚?Ě says Laura, but Apatow is not optimistic. Most of the characters are not appealing, so I didn‚??t much care. R-rated for pervasive language, crude sexual humor and sexuality. Way too long at 2 ¬Ĺ hours. Definitely not for kids.

Final words

Adam, Jonah, Leslie, Seth ‚??

‚??Funny People‚?Ě they‚??re not ‚??

Self-absorbed, annoying,

Unfocused, endless plot.

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