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August 04, 2009
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Funny People

 

The only thing funny about Judd Apatow’s third film, Funny People, is everything. Well, when I say everything, I actually mean the jokes that are in the movie. There are certain parts of this movie that are funny and certain parts that are not funny. The parts that are supposed to be funny are hilarious. The parts that are supposed to be serious are not funny, but actually serious.

 

Funny People is about funny people. These funny people are just living life doing funny things. Like in one part Adam Sandler’s character George Simmons accidentally punches Seth Rogan’s character (I forgot his name and I am unwilling to use the internet to help me remember it at this time) in the face. It is even funnier than it sounds because Seth Rogan is trying to help George Simmons fight a much stronger, and much more Australian Eric Bana. You may remember him from the first Hulk movie. Anyone who plays the Hulk is probably pretty strong. That is why that part of the movie is so funny. A part that is not funny is when George Simmons gets mad at Seth Rogan’s character just because he is trying to help him by giving him honest advice. Another part that is not funny is when the fat guy (I can’t even remember his name in real life) finds out something that Seth Rogan hid from him. Oh yeah, his name is Jonah Hill. He is pretty funny too. So is Aziz Ansari who plays Raaaaaaaandy with 8 A’s. If you haven’t seen the Raaaaaaaandy documentaries on funnyordie.com you are not enjoying life as much as you should be. You can also watch them at laughyourdickoff.com. Please watch them, because they are so good. There is a girl comedian in the movie that Seth Rogan has a crush on. She is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute.

 

If I had a formal education I would conclude that Funny People is Judd Apatow’s best film. I loved The Forty Year Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, but Funny People is a sincere and in depth movie about the human ego. I have heard some people complain that the movie is too long. I think that can be attributed to a generation that suffers from A.D.D. Much like the way Michael Douglas suffers from Greed in the movie Wall Street. I think Apatow does an excellent job taking the time to develop his characters. This is true for all of his movies, but is exemplified in Funny People. The title Funny People is a reference to all people. Sure the movie is about comedians and touches on the art of comedic writing and creativity in comedy, but the message in the movie is that all people are funny. Not ha ha funny, but we are all a little fucking crazy funny. I feel like Apatow’s movie is an observation of the human ego and it’s endless drive to find happiness in everything external. He even indicates that searching for happiness through relationships is a hallow endeavor. This is something I congratulate him for as most <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Hollywood movies portray the human relationship as the solution to all issues that arise from a lack of self love. Keeping in theme with self discovery, Apatow also delivers signs of a director who is influenced by Eastern philosophy. He may be making fun of it, or he may be presenting a comedic point of view on the subject. He changes your view of the “villain” in an instant when Eric Bana takes responsibility for his actions and tells us that we create our reality, and that good or bad we have to own our thoughts and actions. He goes on to suggest that if we can transcend judgment that we can find good in any situation. I have noticed some of this eastern philosophy hidden in Apatow’s work before, but this movie is the strongest supporter of it. Since I do not have a formal education I will just say that this movie was pretty funny with some parts that weren’t funny, but that it had more funny parts than it did not funny parts. 

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