NOT HAVING FUN

FUNNY PEOPLE (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Funny People, though directed by Judd Apatow, is not really funny at all.

It’s about a celebrity comedian George Simmons, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. When he goes back to do stand-up comedy again, he notices Ira, a struggling stand-up comedian, and decides to hire him as his personal assistant. George notifies Ira of his illness and Ira tries to help him re-connect with the people he cast aside – his comedian friends, family and ex-fiance, Laura.

The funny parts are the processes, I think. Like when they visit George’s doctor with the very thick accent, they start making fun of him and even the doctor starts joking with him. The scene where Ira cries and spills snot all over their lunch. The part where Eminem disses Ray Ramano of Everybody Loves Raymond fame (“And I thought everybody loved you…”). Eric Bana is also hilarious with his thick Australian accent. I liked the part where his wife, Laura, fakes his accent in a horrible way and tries to quarrel with him – even he doesn’t get what she’s talking about.

Otherwise, the movie also makes jokes on the real-life situations of the actors. Like how Seth Rogen lost his charm after he lost the extra pounds, or how Jonah Hill looks like the XXXL-version of himself. Oops. But at the end of the day, it’s all about becoming a better person.

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