Funny People.2009.Judd Apatow


Funny Peeps

I am just missing the times when Adam Sandler would come as an immature individual in Billy Madison; a washed-up eighties singer in The Wedding Singer; a Hallmark card writer in Mr. Deeds; or a person who is really angry in Anger Management. Those were the days when you’re expecting a Sandler who will give our brains numbness in a good way.

Moving to 2009 he gives us his latest film Funny People wherein he is a stand-up comic / movie actor who is dying of a rare disease. Just as any other individual who knows that he / she is dying, forgets his “ugly” present and tries to fix his life to the right direction. He does the right thing by apologizing to people he knows and loves. He treats people right. Then, our plot twist gives us another 180 degree turn wherein the treatment for his disease actually heals him, which then gives us his decisions after he finds out that he is okay.

I actually hated / loved the film. I know Sandler’s career has reached its peak years ago and it was downhill from I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry to You Don’t Mess With The Zohan. Reign Over Me wasn’t really fascinating and Bedtime Stories is quite amusing, a kiddie Sandler story that I actually liked.

Now, Funny People gives us an overabundance of cameo roles. There’s Andy Dick, Dave Attell, Sarah Silverman, and other celebrities who are connected with the comedy business. Perhaps one of the most memorable scenes in this film is when Eminem is shouting expletives at Ray Romano.

I think Sandler has to go back to those un-realistic films. Something as real as this is giving my heart a hard time to actually finish the film. And also, there was a profusion of those wordy funny dialogues where a lot of actors in the film are trying to outshine each other. That may just be me but I think this is how the director, Judd Apatow, wants it to happen, remember the 40-year Old Virgin?

And I’m getting tired of the non-stop crude sexual humor. At least there was a light at the middle of the film where the doctor was being played by Sandler and Seth Rogen. It would be really nice when Apatow would give us a PG-13 film for a change.

Finally, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Jason Schwartzman would have been effective if they and Sandler are the only comedians in the film. I guess, come 2010, Sandler would give back the funnies with Grown Ups.

Oh yeah, no Rob Schneider cameo. =(


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