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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.
Even on "The View" the day before the film opens, the ladies wondered whether men really talk about their own junk (and their friend's package) as much as they do in the movie, and whether women actually find that funny.
It's no pleasure to report that 'Funny People' self-destructs on the screen. In the end, Apatow might have been wise to heed his own words: Comedy is for funny people, not the mean-spirited, self-obsessed dopes we're left with here.
There is not a single character in the entire movie worth caring about. The most genuine laughs come when the cast plays the peanut butter game. A person lies on the kitchen floor, spreads peanut butter on his or her face and has a dog lick it off.
Has a few laughs and a terrific ensemble cast, but suffers from an uninspired, unfocused screenplay, boring characters and too many contrived moments, it often drags and utlimately falls flat as a drama, comedy and romance
Apatow has taken blisteringly personal material and filtered it through tropes and cliches borrowed from trite, mainstream factory-line cinema of another era. Judd Apatow the writer deserves a better director.