Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, RZA, Aziz Ansari, and Torsten Voges.
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Adam Sandler has come a long way since the days of films like Airheads, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore, for better and for worse. HIs latest vehicle, Funny People, is both a comedy and a drama. Directed by Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler teams up with co-star and newfound comedy staple Seth Rogen (who was previously known for his roles in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, and Pineapple Express to name a few).
Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen play stand-up comedians, one being a has been superstar (Sandler) and the other being a newbie trying to get his feet wet (Rogen). After being diagnosed with a terminal blood disorder, Sandler’s character Gregory Simmons keeps to himself and loses control over his life as he expresses it through his jokes. After a comedic diss on Simmons, Rogen’s character Ira eventually wins a job working as his personal assistant with the advantage of lush benefits and a weekly fifteen hundred dollars.
Simmons soon finds out that he is possibly cured through the new experimental medicine he was prescribed, so his outlook on life begins to take on a whole new positive outlook. But that doesn’t solve his problems with his ex-wife (played by Leslie Mann) who is now married to Clarke (Eric Bana). Throughout this emotional journey that Simmons endures, the line between friendship and work gets muddled between he and Ira as the two get very close. This is good and bad for Simmons because Ira gives very good advice but Simmons won’t always agree with it…