Why it's fashionable to hate this film I'll never understand. All I know is I greatly enjoyed 'Funny People' (along with 'This Is 40', Apatow's other flop) in spite of its flaws, of which, to my judgement, there are few. Apatow has assumed the formula of James L. Brooks, of smart comedy and real emotion combined with unhurried pacing and a long running time, to expert effect.
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.
I really like comics and stand-up artists. I like their interviews, to hear what they have to say and such. so, I really liked this movie through it's 2/3. and then the last part comes and it gets so... weird. it almost looks like another movie, another movie that is kinda bad.