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Funny People (2009)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 31 July 2009 (USA)
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When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

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Judd Apatow

Writer:

Judd Apatow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... George Simmons
Seth Rogen ... Ira Wright
Leslie Mann ... Laura
Eric Bana ... Clarke
Jonah Hill ... Leo Koenig
Jason Schwartzman ... Mark Taylor Jackson
Aubrey Plaza ... Daisy Danby
Maude Apatow ... Mable
Iris Apatow ... Ingrid
RZA ... Chuck
Aziz Ansari ... Randy
Torsten Voges ... Dr. Lars
Allan Wasserman ... Dr. Stevens
Rod Man ... Rod Man
Wayne Federman ... Comedy & Magic Manager
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Storyline

George is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

George Simmons was prepared to die, but then a funny thing happened.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,657,780, 2 August 2009

Gross USA:

$51,855,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,585,235
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As he doesn't consider himself as a very visual director, Judd Apatow hired Janusz Kaminski to bring some visual panache to the film. See more »

Goofs

In the latter half of the movie when Leo (Jonah Hill) hangs up on Ira (Seth Rogan), the call wouldn't be cut off because Mark (Jason Schwartzman) was still on the line. See more »

Quotes

George Simmons: So, which room is yours?
Ira Wright: Prepare to take a hike, because you're standing in it.
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Crazy Credits

Judd Apatow's daughter's cover of Memory is played during the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Numb as a Statue
Written by Warren Zevon, Jorge Calderón
Performed by Warren Zevon
Courtesy of Sheridan Square Entertainment
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Apatow's attempt at drama
20 January 2010 | by JesusTwinFishSee all my reviews

Make no mistake about it people. This is HARDLY a comedy. This is merely a drama wrapped in a comedic package. And the reason I stress the 'hardly' part is because it borderlines on both. It has some really great comedic scenes in it like the crying scene in the restaurant between George and Ira or the the fighting scene between Clarke and George which I think really captured the comedy of reality (which Apatow is really good at). However, that being said, what Apatow is NOT that great at is - for obvious reasons - drama. You can really tell that he had to try to capture the drama of this movie but also out-stepped his abilities in trying to make it funny as well as dramatic which at a lot of points didn't seem to pan out.

The good news is that this movie is worth watching. For many reasons I think you will find along the way (Apatow is never bad on capturing REAL human emotion). But whether or not this is a movie you will want to buy and own should all be based on what your thoughts of it were the first time you saw it.

All in all this is a movie worth spending your time with. I mean hey, you get to see Adam Sandler really trying to sing in this movie. That right there is worth the ticket.


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