Funny People not funny

DON'T let the title fool you. Director Judd Apatow's latest film may be called Funny People, but it's by no means your typical comedy.

When obnoxious movie star George Simmons (Adam Sandler) learns that he has a potentially fatal blood disorder, he decides to return to his roots as a stand-up comedian.

After a lacklustre performance at his old comedy club, George meets Ira Wright (Seth Rogan), a struggling up-and-coming comedian, and hires the young man to write some jokes for him.

Ira becomes Georges's personal assistant, and encourages the dying actor to reconnect with his loved ones, including his family and ex-girlfriend Laura (Leslie Mann).

But then some surprising news from George's doctor changes everything.

Funny People is probably more of a drama than a comedy, but there are definitely some very humorous moments, particularly once Laura's Aussie husband (Eric Bana) is introduced.

The newly slimmed down Seth Rogan is also very good as nice guy Ira and the scenes with him and his two room-mates are some of the best in the film.

Unfortunately, Funny People suffers from being far too long and self-indulgent.

Just look at the cast list. Judd Apatow has managed to give roles to his ex-room-mate (Sandler), his favourite actor (Seth Rogan), his wife (Leslie Mann) and his kids (Maude and Iris Apatow).

The film even features archival footage of Adam Sandler's early career, clips from Leslie Mann's TV work, and even a couple of songs sung by Sandler.

It's all a bit of a love fest.

But Funny People is still a film worth seeing - especially if you're a fan of one of the many “funny people” in its cast.

FUNNY PEOPLE
Rating : MA
Starring : Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana
Rating : ** 1/2


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