Funny People -Movie Review

Just got back from watching Apatow’s latest film, Funny People.  Man, this is sort of a difficult movie to review, because I haven’t quite sorted out my feelings regarding the film yet.  First off, the movie isn’t really funny.  Fortunately, the movie isn’t really supposed to be funny, so no problem there. 

If you haven’t heard the details of this film, its about Adam Sandler’s character (George-something, who appears to be loosely based on the real Adam, however with different personal issues) who finds out that he’s dying.   And that is pretty much, as is not surprising, the main focus of the film.

Now, I had no preconceived notions as to what the film would be like, which is always a nice luxury.  In this case, I think it worked out quite well for me not knowing what to expect, so if you haven’t seen it, well I’m blowing that luxury for you.  You’re welcome.  Anyways, I found the movie to be pretty unique.  It was really long (over 2 hours) but it was pieced together in a way that felt like real life.  As opposed to another type of dramatic comedy where the timing is all impeccable and whatnot.  This one dragged on and on at times, but at the same time, it felt appropriate.  The angst and discomfort almost needed to be a shared experience.  I thought Adam Sandler did an excellent job, as did Seth Rogan.  A few of the other familiar Apatow characters made their appearances like Jonah Hill, but again it felt more real life than their regular known characters. 

I don’t know.  I could go on and on here as I sort through my own feelings regarding the film, but at the very least I can say that I appreciated what Apatow did here.  I think he was very successful with it and I think his take on character development and the shit he simply sees with his eye, is off the charts.  I don’t know how many will actually like the film, but I am glad I saw it.  Definitely no need to see it again if that says or means anything. 

….Shit.  I liked it, I think.  I know I liked it, but not sure if I really liked it.  I think my confusion alone lets me know that I was affected by it and that certainly counts for something. 

Adam Sandler by the way.  I appreciate this guy more and more as his career goes on.  Clearly he is entertaining in his Happy Gilmore shtick, but his dramatic roles are really impressive to me.  He was awesome in Reign Over Me.  And again in this one.   He certainly has talent. 

Grade:  To be determined (but good)

BN


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