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Funny People (2009)



Critic Consensus: Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow's most mature film to date.

Movie Info

George Simmons is a famous stand-up comedian, who learns that he has a terminal illness and less than a year to live. When, he meets Ira, a struggling comedian at a comedy club where both the comedians are performing, George hires Ira to be his personal assistant and opening act at his performances. The two forge a close friendship as George helps Ira with his career and Ira helps George find closure in his legacy. However, when George learns that his disease has gone into remission and an ex-girlfriend re-enters his life, he's inspired to reevaluate what is important to him and what truly gives meaning to his life.more
Rating: R (for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Judd Apatow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2009
Box Office: $51.8M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Adam Sandler
as George Simmons
Seth Rogen
as Ira Wright
Eric Bana
as Clarke
Jonah Hill
as Leo Koenig
Jason Schwartzman
as Mark Taylor Jackson
Aubrey Plaza
as Daisy Danby
Allan Wasserman
as Dr. Stevens
Torsten Voges
as Dr. Lars
James Taylor
as Himself
as Himself
Dave Attell
as Himself
Paul Reiser
as Himself
Ray Romano
as Himself
as Chuck
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News & Interviews for Funny People

Critic Reviews for Funny People

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (51)

Funny People is funny, moving, dramatic, and alternately hilarious. It's a bit like a stand-up dramedy.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

At over two hours, it moves at the dignified pace of a Bergman film rather than, well, a Happy Gilmore or a Waterboy, but the director can rest easy, it's another hit.

Full Review… | August 16, 2015
GQ Magazine [UK]

The unique hatred of yourself, and your audience, required of being a comedian is something that Apatow (and Sandler) understand profoundly: That's what this movie is about.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Why does Funny People often feel like a joke without a punchline?

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

For all its qualities Funny People never quite comes together. It can't quite decide who it wants to be about, whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama and in trying to be all things at once it never quite hits its full potential.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Apatow draws on his own experience to explore behavioral nuances of people that make us laugh, and it's no secret that being funny is not the same as being happy.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011

Audience Reviews for Funny People


This movie shows a more restrained and, dare I say, mature Judd Apatow. That's not a bad thing actually, but I think he needs to work at it some more. Because as good as this movie is, and as much as I liked it, it's got some flaws. For one thing, it's a tad too long and parts of it really, really drag. I didn't mind that this movie wasn't really a balls out comedy, but I think it's gonna alienate the audiences who haven't seen it yet. Parts of it are pretty funny, but most of the humor is quite dark, and rather awkward and uncomfortable. Maybe this film is more realistic as a result. Not that real life isn't funny, but seeing as how this movie is more dramatic, it carries that weight of reality that most people try to get rid of through comedy. I enjoyed this aspect for the most part. Having enjoyed Sandler's previous dramatic performances, I found a lot to like here. I'm just afraid that others make get turned off by the fact that much of this movie carries a lot of pain with it. The performances from the others are also good, be they the Apatow regulars, or the others such as Jason Schwartzman and Eric Bana.

So yeah, I liked this, and think it is worth seeing, but don't expect it to be like Apatow's previous works, otherwise you'll probably be really disappointed, unless you don't care for his other films, which means you may like it, unless of course you don't like comedy done in the style of The Office.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


This dark comedy (dramedy?) contains my favorite acting roles for both Sandler and Rogen. Its a story of struggle and regret, and oh by the way, stars comedians. I like this side of Sandler and Judd Apatow. Its more emotional than you expect from Apatow, and definitely not an Adam Sandler comedy.This is a side of Sandler you don't often see;I compare it to Jerry Lewis' role in King of Comedy. It isn't "hilarious" or "uproariously funny" like some may expect. Like Jim Carrey's earlier The Cable Guy, it may have been misrepresented. Oddly, both films star Leslie Mann.

Funny People is flawed but a good drama considering the cast. This is an excellent Apatow film, closer to Freaks and Geeks than Knocked Up and much of his later work.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer


As always for all Judd Apatow movies, the screenplay is hilariously funny and witty. Many will say that this is Apatow's darker movie and is low on the amount of laughs, but within it is a non-Hollywood approach to portray and thoughtful and important message. I enjoyed this movie and some jokes hit the spot. I recommend watching this movie!

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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