Funny People

Theatrical Release: July 31, 2009
Funny People


George is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend.

Dove Review

This movie is supposed to be about funny people but some of the topics are not funny. A man has an affair with a married woman. A fist fight results from this conflict. Another man likes a woman but she sleeps with one of his friends after the friend gets her drunk. A man learns he is dying and deals with it. Much of the humor is gross humor and sexually explicit humor. There is one touching scene when George Simmons (Adam Sandler) listens to some music a friend downloaded for him and he listens to a song by the now deceased artist Warren Zevon, about after he’s gone “keep me in your heart for awhile” and Simmons becomes teary eyed, something you don’t see Adam Sandler’s characters do very often. Also, his friendship with the innocent and kind Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) is nice. Other than that, I was very uncomfortable watching this film with so many profanities flying. And the comedians were not consistently funny. There were just a few laughs from the audience at the screening I attended. Totally forget any notion about clean humor. This movie, obviously, is not one for the family and we therefore cannot recommend it.

Content Description

Sex: Sex between an unmarried couple; very frank and explicit sexual talk and innuendos throughout the entire film.
Language: I gave up counting all the profanity after awhile. They fly rapidly from the character's mouths and include a ton of words including the F word over 130 times and biblical profanities such as JC and GD; many explicit sexual terms used and slang of about every kind for male and female genitalia and for breasts. Slang is used for lovemaking.
Violence: Joke about a comedian and how he is probably committing suicide right now and about the people joining him and drinking kool-aid; a few fist fights with one man being bloodied a bit.
Drugs: A lot of drinking scenes and a scene in which a man smokes marijuana from a pipe.
Nudity: Woman's breasts are seen; cleavage; shirtless men; women in swim wear.
Other: A disrespectful attitude toward the sacredness of marriage but there is a change in one character; disagreements between friends who live together; a man deals with leukemia and the possible consequences of it; an extraordinary amount of time is spent on the topic of sex; a comment about a man's father who didn't believe in God because of the holocaust.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Judd Apatow
Director: Judd Apatow
Producer: Barry Mendel
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 136 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter