Laughter is the best medicine in Funny People, whose "funny" comes largely by way of the macabre. Adam Sandler stars as George, a big-time comedian who finds himself isolated (and spoiled) by his fame, even more so when he's diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease. Sandler brings a perfect balance to George, who may be entrapped by both fame and his illness in the weird and impersonal world of megastardom, but he's still...well, really funny. The film's many cameos are also great.
Can you believe we're crossing over into August this weekend? Where did the summer movie season go, and where are all the good films hidden? I kid, of course, this summer has given us some prime entertainment in the form of Star Trek, Harry Potter, Up and, um, yeah – but we still have some ways to go with three new films this week (five if you count the smaller releases), so let's take a...
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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