George is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend. —IMDb
A talented screenwriter/producer whose television work is often critically praised before being prematurely canceled, Judd Apatow has a dedicated fan base that has nevertheless continued to grow thanks to such winning efforts as The Ben Stiller Show and Freaks and Geeks. Work on a high-school radio show offered the showbiz hopeful his first taste of success, and in the years following his high-school graduation, the quick-witted aspiring standup comedian hit the comedy circuit to generally positive notice. Apatow’s act eventually became a staple of FOX’s Comic Strip Live, and when the series was canceled in 1994, he opted to shift his focus toward writing and producing. Though he had already achieved some amount of notoriety as a result of his involvement with such efforts as The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show, Apatow began to move into feature territory as the writer and executive producer of Heavyweights and Celtic Pride. Though neither film proved a hit at the box office… read more
It lacks a bit the genius of Knocked Up, but I still admire the balls that the guy had to do a 2h30 comedy.
This movie works on just so many levels, but most of them are "how-to"s: how to make a good sketch, how to maintain a friendship, how to fuck up a family and get it all together again. Probably the best movie about the structure of humour, yet it's too personal to accept it like a comedy only.
This marks a major leap forward Apatow's work. I only hope the tepid response doesn't make him take a step backwards. A lot of the movie seems autobiographical, which might explain, along with the actors' performances, why so many of the scenes feel authentic. This movie does the best job of trudging a fine line between darkness and sentimentality. The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up were practice.
All The Critics Love You In [Name Of European City Here]: "It is just a little bit weird that if I appear in Europe, anywhere, and I go
If you haven't seen MerMan and Stolz der Nation yet, where have you been this summer? These films, with their perfectly pastiched posters
Title: Funny People
Director: Judd Apatow
Writers: Judd Apatow
Leslie… read review
Y habiendo tomado conciencia de lo que significa en el marco de la comedia norteamericana contemporánea, Judd Apatow consigue con “Funny People” su opera magna, y no solo eso, sino que además, se trata… read review
sadly underrated and sort of bizarrely hated film….just because it’s called funny people doesn’t mean it has to be a comedy, and a lot of people seem to dismiss this film on the basis that it’s not… read review