The third film by Judd Apatow, Funny People, is a good one.
It might not be what you expect when you go see an Apatow flick starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Jonah Hill, but it is a good flick.
Adam Sandler plays a very successful comedic actor who started in stand up and still dabbles in it. For reasons I consider spoiler-ish even though they are made clear in the ads, he hires struggling stand up comedian Seth Rogen to be his personal assistant and to write jokes for him. Sandler also attempts to reconnect with his old flame, Apatowís real life wife, Leslie Mann, much to the chagrin of her husband, Eric Bana.
Judd Apatow gets some great performances from his cast. Sandler really impressed me. I think this may be his best performance ever. Rogen, who I usually think is playing Seth Rogen, impressed me too. Heís still kinda Seth Rogen, but thereís more range; more nuances.
Leslie Mann is really great, but then Iím a sucker for a gal with big, watery eyes. Eric Bana surprised me because all I really know him from is HULK, and obviously this is a very different role.
Oh, and I dunno who Aubrey Plaza is, but she is very cute and cool. Or at least her character is.
There are also quite a bit of cameos, and they were all pretty cool.
I donít do spoilers at all, but I will say Funny People isnít all comedy all the time. It might not be a very ďdeepĒ movie, but isnít one joke after another, either.
Itís also pretty long at right around two and a half hours.
Some will probably feel itís too long, but I was OK with it.
Itís not a perfect movie at all, but it worked for me. I think itís worth a trip to the movies. But at the very least, give it a shot on DVD.