Tell us what you thought of ‘Funny People’

Posted by · 1:03 pm · July 31st, 2009

(from left) Eminem and Adam Sandler in Funny People

I’m briefly on the record with some thoughts on Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” but I’m really looking forward to hearing what everyone else thinks of this film.  Viewers ought to be trickling out of matinees by now, so cut loose with your reactions in the comments section below.

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23 responses so far

  • 1 7-31-2009 at 1:37 pm

    James D. said...

    Aren’t you ruining the cameo?

  • 2 7-31-2009 at 2:00 pm

    P-Dawg said...

    Perhaps Eminem is ruining the movie, the shit-poke.

  • 3 7-31-2009 at 2:14 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Actually Eminem was awesome. And no, James, I don’t think I’m ruining the cameo when there is an official studio still of it floating around after having debuted at MTV weeks ago.

  • 4 7-31-2009 at 2:19 pm

    James D. said...

    Oh, I didn’t know that.

    Regarding the film, I am a bit undecided. I liked it better than Knocked Up, but it is hard to say just what was wrong with it other than the length.

  • 5 7-31-2009 at 2:32 pm

    Martin Unger said...

    I really loved the film, though I agree that certain cuts could have been made to make a masterpiece, but overall the film is fantastic and is one of Sandler’s best roles…Rogen surprised me as well, as he’s pretty much a straight dramatic character outside of his stand up routines.

  • 6 7-31-2009 at 2:46 pm

    Loyal said...

    The first 4 hours were really really good, great even. The next 3 and half hours were okay, but the remaining 6 and half hours were really confusing. The critics are right, it is a James L Brooks film with lots of dick jokes.

    But its Spanglish James L Brooks, not As Good As It Gets James L Brooks. The downfall of the film was introducing the Marin County storyline. Bad idea.

    I love Leslie Mann but the entire plot with her character pretty much ruined what could have been an amazing film. How they managed to rush that plotline in an 11 hour long film is beyond me.

  • 7 7-31-2009 at 3:32 pm

    Bill said...

    Loyal, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but from the script I agree with you 100%. The focus was pretty tight from the start and then takes a huge tangent. Evenlyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust anyone?

  • 8 7-31-2009 at 3:52 pm

    Marshall said...

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  • 9 7-31-2009 at 4:04 pm

    Loyal said...

    I actually like long films. And the audience laughed a lot. Some people however did leave early because it was nearly midnight.

  • 10 7-31-2009 at 4:33 pm

    Davidraider88 said...

    i agree with kris, apatow was close to making a classic but this is essentially a film made up of two different parts.

  • 11 7-31-2009 at 4:37 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    After I first saw it I felt it was one of the best comedies of the decade and a superbly brilliant and funny film. After contemplating a bit more it is still one of the best films I’ve seen this year and my favorite comedy in a long long time. I hate comedy and I hate Adam Sandler. Both of which I loved here.
    I felt the pacing was really good and never really too long for my liking. The jokes were brilliant at times and George Simmons was a truly heartfelt character, as were a lot of the others. Amazing film, loved it.

  • 12 7-31-2009 at 4:52 pm

    JDextemper said...

    Not a bad movie by any means (though the length was definitely noticeable–the crowd got less and less into it as it wore on). I do agree that Apatow should’ve focused on only one of those storylines; I would’ve dropped the “Laura” story and just fleshed out the first one.
    The acting was uniformly good, though I wasn’t as impressed with Rogen as I thought I’d be.

  • 13 7-31-2009 at 5:31 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “I hate comedy”

    You really mean that, Jonathan?

  • 14 7-31-2009 at 6:21 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    As one of the only few people on the planet who found The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up to be poor films, I’m skipping out on this one.

  • 15 7-31-2009 at 8:40 pm

    dan said...

    I thought the first 2/3 of the film was pretty good with alot of funny parts. The last 1/3 was a mess and didn’t fit with the rest of the film. Was overlong and the last 1/3 almost ruined the whole film.

  • 16 7-31-2009 at 11:18 pm

    McGuff said...

    just got back from this, and wow, what a mess, in my opinion. i suppose my thoughts on the film come closest to echoing dan, although i didn’t find quite enough redeeming stuff in the first half to win me over in the second half.

    people weren’t bothered by the fact that the movie lacks a single redeeming character? i mean, maybe ira was likable and my seth rogen anti-bias is shining through, but certainly no one comes off particularly well in the storyline.

    i guess i, on the whole, liked the insights regarding comedy — amidst personal pain — but the george personal pain stuff was brutal. i thought sandler was good on the whole, too.

    i don’t know, i guess overly ambitious is the easiest way to label my disappointment.

  • 17 7-31-2009 at 11:32 pm

    Georgie said...

    I finally saw The Hurt Locker, and it’s easily the best of the year so far [other than Up for me] … my heart was pounding the entire time. Really hoping for Picture, Director, and Actor noms for this movie… just phenomenal.

  • 18 8-01-2009 at 12:06 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Guy, well perhaps I was a little harsh there in my wording. I don’t like 99% of the comedies out there, I think it’s a genre that delivers the weakest films, perhaps they are the most knee jerk crowd pleasers around. The only genre I hate more is Horror, particularly those new remakes and stuff.
    Also “hating” comedy means perhaps a bit more that I don’t like the big comedies as much as most critics do. Very rarely do I believe it is really funny let alone an engaging film.

  • 19 8-01-2009 at 11:34 am

    Gar said...

    I don’t think penis and fart jokes blend well with Janusz Kaminski’s beautiful photography, and this is from someone who really enjoys “Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin”. Broadly speaking, Apatow is ineffective at mixing comedy with drama and pathos. Very disappointing film.

  • 20 8-01-2009 at 10:49 pm

    Aaron said...

    Overall, a really, really enjoyable film. And I do agree about the 1/3 half of the film. It didn’t jive completely well with the other half of the film. But at the same time, when viewing the film as a whole, it seems like George’s relationship with Laura is a pretty pertinent part of what makes him the way he is. So I’m pretty torn about that part. I do believe they could’ve edited that segment more.

    But Adam Sandler was really brilliant. I am not the hugest fan of him (and I am one who really didn’t understand all the Punch Drunk Love hype), but I thought he totally nailed his character. Leslie Mann was good too, and had some really great moments, but I kind of found her character strangely written. I can’t really put my finger on it.

    Regardless of the length, go see this movie. It’s one of the best of the summer.

  • 21 8-02-2009 at 10:44 am

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    I really really liked the first 2/3rds but I must admit I was really surprised with the very mediocre road Apatow took the film in during the last act. The whole Eric Bana Character came from a different film and the screen time Apatow gave to his real life kids was pure nepotism.
    He had a 9 out of 10 film and made it into a 6 out of 10. I would have cut the whole last hr and refilmed a totally new direction for the Sandler character to go in. I sat there and kept saying to myself this is not what I would have done with that character.
    While there is alot of Seth Rogen backlash out there I felt he gave a real good performance and he certainly can act and play a character that is very believable.
    My gut feeling after seeing the disappointing boxoffice results is that Universal (he just signed a 3 pic deal) might put pressure on Apatow to cast all new actors in his next few films and stay away from Rogen, Hill and even his wife Leslie Mann for a while.


  • 22 8-02-2009 at 3:07 pm

    tony rock said...

    Jonathan…not to be rude, but in all honesty I think that means you just lack a sense of humor. You hate 99% of comedies? That’s insane.

  • 23 8-06-2009 at 6:30 pm

    RichardA said...

    One of the better movies of the yr so far. The movie just seemed so biographical fr Sandler’s POV. There ‘s Golden Globe nod for him on this one. One of these days, Sandler will get an Oscar…