Early Apatow review
I would think at this point that a Judd Apatow directed comedy would be test screening proof. I mean Judd's a pretty powerful guy in Hollywood and if he's directing his vision, what would a test screening audience tell him that he wouldn't already know? Regardless, Universal screened the film for a test audience and according to a JoBlo.com reader it was the first public audience to see the film. Our reader, who asked to be called "That Chilean Kid," was nice enough to send in some spoiler-free thoughts on the film. Was it loved? Hated? What could be improved (if anything)? Read on to find out...
Well as far as I know we were the first audience to ever see Funny People outside of the studio. By the tell of the audience it seemed it was well liked because the lady behind nearly beat me unconscious from her waving her arms and throwing her head around. What can I say? It was uproariously funny.
The movie is exactly what it is in the trailer. Fabled comedian George Simmons played by the wonderful Adam Sandler (strangely enough his career is very reminiscent of Eddie Murphy kid comedy wise) is suffering from a rare blood disorder and it causes him to go in a haze in life. Ira (Set Rogen) is an up and coming comedian with stage fright. Their paths cross as George plays a gig at a comedy place to reconnect with his roots and he makes Ira his personal assistant. I dont want to give away anymore. The rest of the story is worth waiting for.
One thing I have to commend at first are not the comedians, but the actors. Adam Sandler gave a standup serious performance. Aside from the jokes he really tried and succeeded in the role playing the part of a lost soul. When hes trying to look for meaning in his life, I saw most of the audience leaned over looking for it too. It was really quite touching at times. Seth Rogan also the same applause. Yes he is funny, but he also plays as a sad character because he wont stick up for himself. Its not the usual confident Rogan, this is someone else.
All the supporting cast was amazing too. Jonah Hill had great one liners that would steal the scene. Jason Schwartzman was a comedian on a show that would seem to be on the CW and his acting which was to act in movie acting in a show was priceless. Eric Bana was also a delight in the film considering the circumstances of his character. But the real applause should go to Leslie Mann. I thought Apatow casting his wife smelled a little funky to me but my god that woman could carry an entire film if she wanted too. She really stood up and took charge in her largest role Ive seen her in. She really brings a sense of what George missed out in life which a) makes you feel worst for him but b) sets her up to show what its like behind the family. Not all is well in paradise.
The only real bad part of the film was the run time. 2 AND A HALF HOURS!!! Its not the worst thing in the world but due to that the film really drags in the middle. Constant montages of playing with kids (who are the children of Apatow) could be considered the culprit. They werent bad but cut that out man. The middle while entertaining did drag along and did get a tad boring. Other than that the movie was well shot for a comedy and was overall a great experience
Id say 8.5 out of 10, 9 if the condense. P.s. There is a scene of cameos galore. Funniest part of the film. I wont say anything but a certain rapper gets mad props!
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