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Funny People

Funny People

Review by Mark Lengieza

With a cast consisting of Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, direction from comedy juggernaut Judd Apatow and a title like Funny People, you would expect to find what could be the funniest movie of the year.

However, with Funny People, this is not even close to what we get.  The film seemed to be awfully confused as to what it wanted to be; it almost seemed as if there were two movies going on.  The first half of the film takes a very good look into the lives of comedians, both just starting in the business (Rogen, Hill) and one who got way too famous for his own good (Sandler).  Watching the interactions between Sandler and Rogen was outstanding, entertaining and insightful.  It wasn’t particularly funny, but it worked as a very good story, and I was really enjoying it.

Then the second half kicked in.  The film shifts from its pace and story of a relationship between comedians, to a romantic-comedy-style film that we have seen over and over again, and it is here that the film really starts to drag.  It runs very long (nearly two and half hours) and should have been edited down substantially.  It was really unfortunate to see the film split up like this, because I was really enjoying the movie until then.  You really can tell a dramatic change in the direction the film is going.

Overall, some good performances, a lot of crude humor and celebrity cameos (some that worked, some that didn’t) and a pretty good story… at least for the first 70 minutes.  It had serious potential for greatness, but in the end it really fell flat of what it should have been.   A real disappointment considering how well it started.

3 ½ / 5 stars

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