Judd Apatow is the man who has brought us many great comedies over the last few years. In fact his line up of films is mighty impressive as both writer, director and producer. As producer he’s brought us films such as The Cable Guy, Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Superbad, and as a writer he’s brought us Fun With Dick and Jane, Walk Hard and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, to name just a few. When he’s taken on all three roles as writer, producer and director he’s only made three films, but three great ones, those being The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and today’s reviewed film, Funny People.
“George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is an extremely successful comedian and actor, having starred in a number of successful lowbrow comedy films. But he is also very self-absorbed, lonely and estranged from his family by choice. When he finds out that he suffers from a rare form of leukemia and his treatment has only an 8% chance of success, he falls into a depression, where he finds solace watching old videos of his early stand-up and other work. It is then, he decides to go back to his roots and start performing standup comedy again. At this time he takes under his wing the young comedian Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) and helps him in his career while also using him to help him in his messed up world.”
Going into this I knew I already loved his movies so I was expecting great things, and I had heard that though it kept the same vibe as his other films, this was a step up in the more grown up aspects of life. Which is exactly what it was. It dealt with death, divorce, dysfunctional friendships and life-changing moments that define everyone’s lives.
That’s not to say it wasn’t brilliantly funny, because it was, but it really felt like a ‘coming of middle age’ movie, if there is such a thing. I loved this film and recommend it to any fans of Apatow and his great group of film making collaborators.
9 out of 10 from me!!!