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Funny People

 

USA 2009, 146 minutes
Dir. Judd Apatow
Genres: Comedy, Drama

 

Aroview: Judd Apatow (KNOCKED UP) helms this muddled comedy about a lonely but successful stand-up comedian (Sandler) who discovers he has an incurable disease, so sets out to make a real friend out of a comedy rookie (Rogan).

The first half dwells on mortality with subtle restraint, Apatow's usual boy-man protag played with sincerity from a doe-eyed Sandler. Rogan, too, is nicely subdued as his doting protege-cum-nurse, and Jonah Hill steals virtually every scene he's in as the 'chubby friend'. It is almost enough to forgive the confused, over-long second half, which feels like another film entirely.

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