Before you start reading this, take into the highest regards that I adore Judd Apatow and his loyal clan of actors, which is why I’m befuddled as to what I just witnessed unfold on-screen.
‘Funny People ’ was not a good movie. Fact. It wasn’t. It was entertaining at times and I did laugh, but it is far from Judd Apatow’s best work. Has the charm of Judd Apatow and the Apatow crew worn off? Possibly.
I was surprised to witness a film that was meticulously slow, filled with unlikeable characters, and packed with far too many unamusing dick jokes. I love a good dick joke as much as the next person, but at least make them funny dick jokes. Oh, did I forget to mention that the story went absolutely nowhere. The main character played by Adam Sandler is not just annoying, but an all-around unlikable person and reaffirms every suspicion of mine that Adam Sandler will never advance as an actor. (‘Punch-Drunk Love’ must have been a beautiful mistake in his career).
I am frustrated with ‘Funny People’ because I wanted it not to be just good, but a next-step film for Judd Apatow. Sadly, it’s not. From a simple filmmaking standpoint there are shots in this film that are painful to watch and not blocked well at all.
This film is a perfect example of a wonderfully cut trailer that sells the hell out of a bad movie. ‘Funny People’ drones on-and-on for over two-and-a-half hours. Judd Apatow has never been good at editing down his films, but this is a painful reminder of that since at least 30 minutes should have been cut from this film. It’s obvious that Judd Apatow has reached the point in his career where no one is willing to tell him that his newest film about to come out isn’t a well-constructed film, but one that needs retooling across the board since it’s just a mess.
‘Funny People’ will make a ton of money this weekend and will only further Judd