Funny People (2009) -- 3/10.
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Funny People was created by these two dare-I-say, comedy legends, so how come when Apatow and Sandler team up, the result is sub-par? The reason is simple, and it's also the main reason I was disappointed by this film: The trailers lied to us! Growing up watching films, I used joked to my friends, "wouldn't it be funny if a movie's trailer had nothing to do with the actual film?" Well surprise - that's exactly what happened with Funny People. You've got Sandler, Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Leslie Mann. This movie should have been hilarious! And in certain scenes, notably those you've already seen in the trailers, the movie is quite funny. Unfortunately, the laughs are few-and-far between in this film, which tells the story of an over-the-hill comedian George Simmons, played by Sandler, who is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia - and is given an 8% chance to live. Simmons befriends a local upstart comedian, Ira Wright, played by Rogen - to help him deal with his life now that he's slowly dieing. Watching Simmons deal with the realization of his death, and the character-play between him and Wright is the real heart of this film. It's surprisingly, a very emotional and enjoyable film for this half of the movie. That's right... "HALF." This movie is 2 and a half hours long... and spoiler-alert, Simmons finds out he's not really going to die about 90 minutes in. The movie should have ended right there! The remaining hour of the movie is this ridiculous situational and confusing romance plot that rears its head awfully late in the run-time. What was once a celebrity's struggle with a life-ending disease has now become a bad episode of Three's Company - the movie completely lost me here, with many of the character's motivations coming seemingly out of nowhere. Funny People ending up becoming sad and confused people for me.
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