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Funny Lady

Funny Lady (1975)

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Funny Lady, the follow-up to the 1968 Funny Girl which made a movie star of Barbra Streisand, picks up the character of Fanny Brice in the 1930s. Although she is a tremendously famous Broadway star, she has suffered from the stock market crash and needs to boost her finances. Even Ziegfeld, who soon will pass away, is having a hard time raising money for a show. Into this scene bursts brash young Billy Rose (James Caan), an egotistical lyricist with unrestrained ambition. He cajoles and charms

Feb 5, 2002

Columbia Pictures

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Vibrant music, some infidelity in Funny Girl sequel.

January 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Not so funny, or ladylike.

August 19, 2005
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Funny Lady is part 2 of the fictional biopic of entertainer extraordinaire, Fanny Brice. Much like the first film, large chunks of fact are missing, characters such as her daughter are forgotten and the passing of time is unclear. It doesn't help that the 1970's, the decade the film was made in, pokes through what is supposed to be a film set in the 30's. One musical number in particular couldn't be more 70's if it tried, there would be uproar if it were on stage in the 30's. All that aside, it's another great musical. Barbra Streisand is just as good as she was in Funny Girl and James Caan adds the kick up the bum the first film was lacking in my opinion. The songs maybe less memorable but they're still of high quality, the synchronized swimming routine being a highlight of the film.
March 19, 2014
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Okay sequel to the wonderful Funny Girl is missing several key ingredients that hold it back from the level of the first film. The most important would seem to be director William Wyler, who kept the first film moving even at an extended length this one plods here and there. The supporting characters here aren't as enjoyable or fleshed out as in the first, where is Kay Medford's wonderful mother? Most of the music is excellent, the problem with most is the staging. We only get snippets of many of them like "More Than You Know" and "Am I Blue" and several of the ones we do get full versions of are muddled, the worst is "It's Gonna Be a Great Day". Barbra gives a great rendition of the song but it's drowned mostly in long shots and the sound of the shuffling feet of the surrounding dancers. "Let's Hear It For Me" is a blantant ripoff of "Don't Rain on My Parade". There is a haunting version of "If I Love Again" though. Caan is alright as Billy Rose but he and Babs share little chemistry and he mostly shouts his part hardly making the most romantic leading man. As for Streisand, who made this under duress from a contract obligation, she is of course loaded with talent but seems brittle and haughty, two things Fanny Brice never was. The production design is excellent and some of the costumes are eye popping, the feathered dress in itself is amazing, but they are dressing up an average affair. Not a waste of time just don't go into it expecting the high quality of the first film.
March 30, 2010
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