Funny People – Movie Review


Hey folks, this is the Cinematic Seth and today, I have a video for you guys. Now I just got a girlfriend recently, that’s why I have a ring on, so in case you’re wondering, I’m not married. I’m wearing this Jewish star of David Superman shirt and it got me thinking, “Why not review Funny People?”. I’ve already reviewed “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”. Why not review Judd Apatow’s next movie? So… here it is guys, enjoy! “Funny People” was one of the most disappointing comedies I’ve ever seen. If you call it a “comedy”. Of course, the movie is about Adam Sandler who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is going to die in a short period of time. He’s a comedian and then he hires Seth Rogen, who is a struggling comedian. He [Rogen] helps him write jokes and they talk to one another, but the movie is way too long. It’s a 2 ½ hour and I don’t mind movies that are long, like I’ve said in my previous videos, but this one is dragged out a little bit too much. There’s this romance plot with Leslie Mann and I swear to God, we’ve seen this story done a bajillion times. Someone likes a girl, but she’s with another guy. In this movie, Adam Sandler tries to get back in contact with an ex-girlfriend of his, played by Judd Apatow’s real life wife, Leslie Mann. The only thing is she’s married and has two kids. The two kids are played by Judd Apatow’s actual daughters. This plot has been done so many times and it’s so clichéd and so pathetic. Really? You’re gonna visit the girl you once loved and you expect her to drop everything single thing in her life (her husband, leave her kids behind) just to get with you? Are you out of your mind? Very few people in this story are actually sane and haven’t we heard this plot before?! This sounds exactly identical to “The Wedding Singer”. Think about it. A guy likes a girl but she’s with someone else. Judd, were you watching a bunch of Adam Sandler movies and you just tried to mix up a plot, somehow thinking it would be original? The problem with this movie is when it tries to be dramatic, it fails and when it tries to be funny, it fails even more. John Campea from AMC Movie News once quoted, “I don’t mind a movie being marketed however it wants to be…. as long as you don’t market it as something that it’s not”. I’ll be posting a link for that quote in the video description, but that is a good point. Don’t advertise something that it’s not. I wanna give two examples of superior movies. Judd Apatow’s previous movie (“Knocked Up”) and “Shallow Hal”. Both were comedies but they leaned more towards drama. The case with “Knocked Up” is that was actually funny when it needed to be and it worked. “Shallow Hal” had a lot of laughs but when it got serious, the drama did work and it had a lot of heart to it. This movie, however, there’s so many problems with it. I was pretty bummed out when watching this movie. I remember the first time I saw this movie was when it came out in theaters and I remember my mom got me the shirt, because I really wanted Seth Rogen’s star of David superman shirt. I’m also Jewish, like Seth Rogen (and Adam Sandler). I was like really stoked and I was very disappointed by what I got. I was expecting a comedy and the only really funny parts were —- some of them were in the trailer. There weren’t that many laugh-out-loud moments and the way it was marketed was that way. The second half of the movie went incredibly downhill. I know I keep stumbling… with my words, but it’s kind of hard to describe how bad this movie is. This is coming from a director who I respect, who I admire, who was one of the biggest names as far comedy writers and film directors in Hollywood. So….. it’s a disappointing result, because he’s made “The 40-Year-Old” and “Knocked Up”, two movies which I really, really like and this movie “Funny People”… well, it’s not that funny. Also, a lot of it was boring and dragged on for a really long time. Around the 90 to 100 minute point, it should have just ended there, but no, Judd Apatow wanted to stretch out the movie for as long as possible. It’s a 2.5 hour movie…… yeah. I remember watching it in theaters and I was kind of bored by it. I didn’t laugh that much. I didn’t care for any of the characters in the movie. Maybe for Seth Rogen in one scene but like… or another, but very minimal. I can’t give it a 1, because that means it was like the worst movie ever and it’s not in that category of “The Room” or “Jack and Jill”, but it’s not a ten. There’s not really much else to say. It’s just…it was just a bad movie and I didn’t really like it. I was extremely disappointed. So I’m going to have to give “Funny People” a 3 out of 10. I’m sorry, I think it’s that bad but that’s all for today. I’m going to be reviewing more movies in the future, so stay tuned and I will see you in my next video. Alright. Thanks for watching!

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