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George Simmons is a famous stand-up comedian, who learns that he has a terminal illness and less than a year to live. When, he meets Ira, a struggling comedian at a comedy club where both the comedians are performing, George hires Ira to be his personal assistant and opening act at his performances. The two forge a close friendship as George helps Ira with his career and Ira helps George find closure in his legacy. However, when George learns that his disease has gone into remission and an ex-girlfriend re-enters his life, he's inspired to reevaluate what is important to him and what truly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Funny People is funny, moving, dramatic, and alternately hilarious. It's a bit like a stand-up dramedy."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) takes some interesting chances in this messy but engaging comedy, which suggests he may yet mature (no, seriously) into a filmmaker of substance."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"The unique hatred of yourself, and your audience, required of being a comedian is something that Apatow (and Sandler) understand profoundly: That's what this movie is about."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Apatow draws on his own experience to explore behavioral nuances of people that make us laugh, and it's no secret that being funny is not the same as being happy."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"... a character drama in the guise of a show-biz comedy."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"This is a generous, goodhearted, enjoyable movie, loaded with memorable characters and genuine wit. But there's such a thing as giving a little too much."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"It walks a perfectly fine line between being funny and tragic."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Why does Funny People often feel like a joke without a punchline?"
‑ Ali Gray,
"Funny People may be deeply flawed, but at least it has an accurate title."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"If this movie were to be believed, I would conclude that the last people I'd ever want to hang out with are comedians."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"The good parts of this movie are often wonderful, but Apatow never finds the rhythm to keep it going. It lurches from inspiration to inspiration, but always manages to muddy its feet in mediocrity in between, as it drags on toward the two-and-a-half-hour"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Apatow has always found a balance of heart and humor in his best films, and Funny People is no exception."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"For all its qualities Funny People never quite comes together. It can't quite decide who it wants to be about, whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama and in trying to be all things at once it never quite hits its full potential."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Es al mismo tiempo la película más interesante de Apatow y también la más irregular. Ambiciosa, agridulce, por momentos brillante, demasiado larga."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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