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Funny People Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0
    60

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The denizens of Judd Apatow’s Funny People have been pulled every which way to fit a misshapen concept, yet they remain painfully unfunny, and consistently off-putting.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The message that comes across is: We're all screwed, and then we die. Ba-DUM.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Apatow is on the right track. In moving his adolescent male comedies into more adult realms, the humor sharpens and characters deepen.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Funny People nimbly intersperses humor and reflection. It is a rumination on mortality, fame and life choices, punctuated with Apatow's trademark raunchy humor.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The thing about Funny People is that it's a real movie. That means carefully written dialogue and carefully placed supporting performances -- and it's ABOUT SOMETHING.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Stand-up saga has a foul mouth but brains and heart, too.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that director Judd Apatow's latest comedy is loaded with the strong language (from "f--k" to "p---y" and then some), adult behavior, and sexualized material (including lots of penis jokes and one scene with naked breasts) you'd expect from the man behind Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. But it's also an honest, sincere drama about the challenges of modern life. Look past the crude stuff, and you'll see that this is actually a serious, heartfelt film masquerading as a light comedy.

  • Families can talk about how the movie's style of humor impacts its more dramatic themes. Do the two "sides" of the movie go well together? Would the movie be as entertaining if the humor was less crude?

  • Does the fact that someone's dying automatically make them a better person? And does a reprive from a terminal diagnosis automatically mean that someone will lead a better life?

  • Is stand-up comedy just entertainment, or is it an art form? Are stand-up comedians all tortured artists, or is it something that has its ups and downs?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: Despite its crude humor, the movie's messages are actually moving and worthwhile -- about the importance of ethics, the nature and challenge of success, and the way that we often turn pain into laughter even though it doesn't complelety eliminate the underlying problem. This isn't a movie about people making jokes -- it's about people making art.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: While none of the characters in Funny People are anywhere near perfect, that very fact makes them dramatically and morally interesting -- every character in the film at some point has to make a choice about whether or not to do the right thing. Ira makes lots of compromises in the name of money and access, but he questions these things. And George is a self-absorbed success, but his brush with death makes him really think about what it means to be alive.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: One scene of inept (though enthusiastic) scuffling between two people who clearly don't know how to fight. It's played for comedic effect, but some of the slapping gets pretty serious.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Sex scenes involving nude breasts and blunt talk; love scenes; extensive discussion of sex, infidelity, and more. Lots of penis jokes.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant strong language, including (but not limited to ) "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "balls," "prick," "dick," "c--k," "bitch," "titty," "p---y," "goddamn," "oh my God," and much more. One use of the "N" word, as a descriptive term rather than a racial epithet.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Multiple mentions of commerical brands, services, products, and entertainers as part of conversations or stand-up comedy acts. Specific brands mentioned include Apple, MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo, Craigslist, PayPal, Bud Light, Target, Best Buy, JDate.com, Diet Coke, Wii Fit, Panda Express, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, wine, and hard liquor and, in one scene, smoke marijuana. Stand-up performances take place in bars.

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