Wednesday, August 12, 2009

(Not So) Funny People

I don't know what to make of Judd Apatow's Funny People. Is this his Punchline? He is continuing his streak of real life people with real problems. There are no heroes in this film. There really are no villians either. But if you ask me, there really aren't any likeable people either. That might be okay for a movie like Observe & Report, but its not the same thing when you're supposed to be painting a picture of relatable people and situations.

There's the two roommates. Ugh city. They all backstab each other, even one of our main characters, Ira, get some shady stuff to do. The loving mother is a whore. Our dying hero is a douche. Sandler does an okay job. I was really believing that this was going to be the perfect role for him. Getting involved with his buddy Apatow. I figured he'd be given the same stuff that Rogen and Carell got from his last two films. But sadly, he doesn't get the same stuff to work with as his previous two efforts. And it really is a shame.

There are some funny things. The comedians try out jokes on each other. There are good amounts of stand up scenes in the movie. If you've seen all the RAAAAAANDY bits that they have used as part of viral portion of the movie campaign, you've seen 10 times the amount of screen time that Aziz gets in the actual film.

What this film is more than anything is an interesting failure. It was entertaining. I laughed. I definitely enjoyed it more than Rex Reed did.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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