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Funny People (2009)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 154 | Rotten: 73

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


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 23

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



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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


Drama, Comedy

Judd Apatow

Nov 24, 2009


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All Critics (228) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (154) | Rotten (73) | DVD (9)

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

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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This is a generous, goodhearted, enjoyable movie, loaded with memorable characters and genuine wit. But there's such a thing as giving a little too much.

August 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The good parts of this movie are often wonderful, but Apatow never finds the rhythm to keep it going. It lurches from inspiration to inspiration, but always manages to muddy its feet in mediocrity in between, as it drags on toward the two-and-a-half-hour

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) takes some interesting chances in this messy but engaging comedy, which suggests he may yet mature (no, seriously) into a filmmaker of substance.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It walks a perfectly fine line between being funny and tragic.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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Apatow has always found a balance of heart and humor in his best films, and Funny People is no exception.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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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.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Funny People may be deeply flawed, but at least it has an accurate title.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Es al mismo tiempo la película más interesante de Apatow y también la más irregular. Ambiciosa, agridulce, por momentos brillante, demasiado larga.

February 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

... a character drama in the guise of a show-biz comedy.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

If this movie were to be believed, I would conclude that the last people I'd ever want to hang out with are comedians.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comment (1)
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October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's interesting stuff, I feel myself wanting to like it more than I did. Judd Apatow has a lot to say, he just hasn't mastered the tools to say it well.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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The film is also an admiring portrait of the artist as Californian solipsist -- unburdened by personal ties or even the need to seem intelligent, free to follow his own random, petty, moment-by-moment train of thought.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comments (3)
The Age (Australia)

Funny People has some very funny moments but don't expect a joke fest. And don't expect a tight film either. At two and a half hours, it is not one but two films... and at least one of them shouldn't have been made.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (4)
Sydney Morning Herald

It's a good deal more interesting than your average mainstream comedy.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

While you believe a lot of what happens in the first part of the film, credibility lessens in the second.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Despite its flaws, this film has a beguiling candour and reflectiveness which is new for Apatow and Sandler.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comment (1)
Sydney Morning Herald

Funny People would have been funnier and more meaningful with fewer offensive jokes and more self-control from the undeniably talented Apatow.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Comments (2)
Courier Mail (Australia)

Comedy king Judd Apatow delivers another hit with this hilarious personal story that also deals with the big issues in a touching way.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comments (3)
FILMINK (Australia)

While not Judd Apatow's finest hour, Funny People still strikes the same rich vein of well-produced drama-comedy as previous efforts.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: IGN Movies AU
IGN Movies AU

A boisterous first hour builds good will. Strong performances sustain us through the next uneven 90 minutes.

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
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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.
July 13, 2013
Chris Weber

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I'm not sure Funny People is the comedy epic that Judd Apatow wanted it to be. It's run time is pretty epic though, as is the list of American funnymen in the cast. I liked the idea of the dying comedian, who has success and riches but is ultimately alone. I also like seeing the three young aspiring comedians, doing what they have to to get recognised. Apatow is obviously using his past experience as the centre of his story (Movie trivia: Adam Sandler used to be his room-mate). This is probably the films best strength and biggest weakness, it's starts well but then gets over indulgent, even our protagonist played by Seth Rogen gets tired and pissed off and wants to leave by the end. There is great film making here, the scene with Eminem is quite powerful and also very funny but then Apatow gets totally swept away with his ideas forgetting that the audience a) want laughs b) Don't know his friends and their in jokes c) have lives outside this film that they will want to go back to at some point. An opportunity missed by pure self indulgence with an abundance of great characters who still couldn't make up for it. Plus, Adam Sandler is making the sort of crap films he mocked in this movie, which makes it harder to take seriously in my opinion.
February 18, 2013

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.
February 7, 2013
Clintus M.
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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!
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Clarke: Underneath anger is hurt,. but underneath hurt is love.
    – Submitted by Cathy D (2 years ago)
    1. George Simmons: I don't really have any friends. You're my best friend, and I don't even like you!
    – Submitted by Tamsin P (3 years ago)
    1. George Simmons: So I'm guessing your friend is the fat version of you.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. George Simmons: Are you mad that you died at the end of Die Hard?
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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