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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.

Director:

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.

Genres:

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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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film features Warren Zevon songs "Keep Me in Your Heart" and "Numb as a Statue" from the 2003 Album "The Wind". Zevon began recording the album shortly after he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, and it was released just two weeks before his death. 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: I can give you my fax number and my e-mail. What's your e-mail?
Ira Wright: My e-mail? It's... uh... irasexira@yahoo.com.
George Simmons: Uh, Wow. I'm just... I'm starting to reconsider asking you.
Ira Wright: Don't do that. It's from high school. It was funny then.
George Simmons: Yeah, you should change it.
Ira Wright: It's, like, 13 years old. Okay, I will.
George Simmons: I mean change it now.
Ira Wright: Okay, I'll change it, I'll change it ASAP.
George Simmons: Okay, don't say "ASAP," either. And don't say "I'm chilling" or "It's all good" or any of that stuff.
Ira Wright: Okay, I don't. I don't chill anyway, ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Guitar Hero (2005) See more »

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Wires
Written by Jason Schwartzman
Performed by Coconut Records
Courtesy of Young Baby Records
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(Not) Funny People
10 December 2009 | by thephoreSee all my reviews

Definitely not what I was expecting from Judd Apatow after his previous fantastic movies - and I knew I wasn't getting another "Knocked Up".

Funny people is a rather boring, depressing story with unlikeable and unmotivated characters that give you the feeling that they weren't having any fun making this movie. And that means a lot when I say this, as most of my favorite comedy actors are in this.

The story just drags on and on and keeps changing direction and following random, short plot lines throughout the whole film. And when you think it's finally over, the story changes direction completely one more time - new characters and locations are introduced and it just drags on for almost another hour until it ends in the wreck that is this movie.


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