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Judd Apatow is back with a new flick appropriately named Funny People. And it's packed with them. Ephman's followed Judd's career since The Ben Stiller Show days. Fell in love with Freaks and Geeks, and followed every bong hit and fart joke he's told. The film is a little different then his usual. Funny People might be filled with tons of dick and fart jokes, but this time they seem a bit more mature.
Adam Sandler (Judd's old roomate), plays terminally ill funny man and superstar George Simmons who tries to gain back the love he screwed up 10 years before. In the process he brings on Ira Wright (Seth Rogan), to be his assistant and joke writer as George performs his last hurah shows. Ira lives with his buddies, tv actor Mark Taylor Jackson (Jason Schwartzman), and fellow standup comic Leo Koenig (Jonah Hill). But the great part of the casting goes to Judd's family. His wife, and children all are in the film as Clarke's (Eric Bana) family.
This is really the story of a lonely man dying. The film is depressing. And who'd guess but Sandler plays a pretty decent straight man to level headed but funny Seth. Maybe Adam's growing up as well? There are some light spots, come on this is an Apatow movie right? The whole interplay with Ira's roomates is classic. And how bad Ira is at standup at the beginning is pretty funny too. Especially the shirt he's wearing. The scene's with the tall blonde German doctor... also. But it's not all lovely when you see how families get torn apart, and frienships get broken.
This is a long movie. Runs for 146 minutes. It's one of those movies that feel like it drags on but it's a nice dragging on. It's a deep story with a lot to tell. Hopefully it'll make you think of your own life, both the physical and the mental (you'll know what Ephman means if you see it).
As promised some good lines from the film.
Leo: "She's mousy. She's like a mouse I want to stick my di** in."
James Taylor: "Fuck Facebook."
George: "I've got some advice for the ladies. Don't ever say, 'You're the first guy I ever got the whole thing in my mouth. Normally, I only get half way down, but with you I've got a ball in my mouth and I'm speaking perfectly clear.'"
This is like totally the lamest review Ephman has made. Why? Probably because if you knew Ephman in real life you'd be like "Ephman is like the funniest person I know". And in the company of all the comic funniest up there in that list Ephman just can't compete. See there's two kinds of funny. Funny people that are just funny in regular life, and funny people that can write the stuff down. Ephman is the former. Laughter is good. Laugh hard laugh always.