Written August 21, 2009
I nearly didn't go see this film after having read some of the critical reviews on this site. Luckily my confidence in Apatow, Sandler and Rogen was not misplaced.
I found Funny People to be a very humorous, on-the-mark, yet subtle story of a narcissistic entertainer who is forced to come to terms with himself and the decisions he made en route to becoming a success.
I enjoyed Sandler more in this film than in any of his others to date, and I thought he delivered a fully-believeable performance. Rogen was typcally likeable, if not more annoyingly bumbling than usual. Mann was thoroughly loveable as usual, as were her/Apatow's beautiful daughters. Some truly endearing cameo performances sprinkled throughout as well (kudos to Marshall Mather for a humorously self-deprecating restaurant scene).
I agree with others that the length became obvious, but I'm at a loss to suggest where it could have been cut b/c I enjoyed the time spent with the characters and side-stories.
Written August 01, 2009
I liked the movie in that it wasn't a slapstick kid of movie. At times there were lulls, and I think there was a little too much "sexual" jokes/inferences for my taste. I didn't realize that it was rated R. But overall Adam Sandler, along with the other actors did a good job. One thing that threw the movie off was havng Ada's love interest's husband come hom. I didn't like his lines at all. I do love him as an actor, but is lines. Ugh!
Written August 18, 2009
Not really. You have Adam Sandler, one of the top comedians of his generation, playing off of Seth Rogen, a popular up-and-coming almost there comedian, with Jonah Hill, Leslie Man, and (of all people) Eric Bana supporting. The trailers presented it as a "drama-dey" which Adam Sandler has proved he can pull off quite well.
Okay, good things first. The first 2/3 were great. Adam clearly out-plays everyone in this film. Seth is passable, though I've never really been a fan of his. I actually enjoyed Eric Bana for a change. The story is actually fairly compelling. It's slightly confusing (this coming from someone who was able to keep up with The Fountain), but interesting...until the girl comes in the picture.
Alright, I love romantic comedies. This wasn't one of those. they tried to play it as such, but Judd Apatow missed the mark. This film is about 2 men with their own issues helping the each other without realizing it. The romance was unnecessary.
P.S. No kids!
Written July 31, 2009
These guys aren't funny.
Written August 15, 2009
It's unfortunate that this movie sucked because there were so many great comedians in cameos. It was really bad. The swearing was overdone and all the sex and sex talk ... really, Adam? Did you feel that was necessary? I realize this must be "boy humor" but is that all there is to "boy humor?" Sex, talk about your ***** size and a bunch of swearing? Really? Glad I'm a girl then, because our comedic repertoire is much more extensive. It has to be a No.