Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Not So Funny People

So it’s late in the year and this has been released for months. But I finally saw it yesterday. Judd Apatow’s Funny People. I’m not too big on Apatow, so didn’t anticipate much. And the reviews were not exceptional. It tells the story of George. A professional comedian played by Sandler who finds out he may have a fatal disease. Buoyed by the reality of his looming death he hires an assistant [Seth Rogen] and schemes to win back his old girlfriend [Leslie Mann] who is now married with children.
Funny People is the perfect example of a good idea gone bad. The premise is fine, but the execution is not. The film never knows what it wants to be. Is it Sandler’s film, is it Rogen’s? Sometimes it even wants to be Mann’s. The pacing is horrible and the script though fine in spots, is ultimately spotty. I could imagine Apatow writing this hoping for mainstream and critical success, and that’s just the problem. It’s trying too hard. It wants to be witty, romantic, dramatic, and gross-out funny. In the end, it can’t decide which and it fails on all accounts.


joe burns said...

Off topic, but would you ever do a Best Actress ranking? How many winners have you seen?

Alex in Movieland said...

I would never lose my time with Funny People :P it's not even a Golden Globe nominee.

from what I've seen latest: 500 Days of Summer was deliciously good, The Messenger was a strong ok for me and it's nuts that Ben Foster is not leading the Actors race and Invictus was like The Blind Side, except Sandra Bullock had some charisma.
If Eastwood gets nominated for this junk, I'll be very sad. or if it gets Adapted screenplay.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

alex well you'll hear what i think of the blind side and invictus by saturday.

joe i've seen 50 something of the winners. i doubt i'd do a ranking.

M. Carter @ the Movies said...

I really feel like "Funny People" is two movies: one I paid to see and one that I did not. The first 45 minutes were brilliant -- just sad and poignant and bitterly funny. Then the second half turned into this road trip slapstick comedy that did NOT jive with the first half. It was so unbalanced that I almost didn't like it, but the performances -- all good -- saved it.

joe burns said...

You should do a ranking. Please?

Alex in Movieland said...

Joe, what's the point of doing a general ranking if you haven't seen at least 90% of the players?

Ok, Min and Bill and Street Angel are crazy hard to find, but I stand with Andrew that such a ranking requires serious thought and a lot of revisiting of the movies.