Judd Apatow’s latest film Funny People hits theaters nationwide today. As I noted yesterday, I haven’t seen the movie yet, as my press screening conflicted with Comic-Con. I have talked to quite a few people who have seen the movie, and their opinions are as across the board as they come – from absolutely hated it to best movie of the year.
The film is currently ranked barely fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 64% rating on the tomatometer. The LA Times says that “Sandler and Rogen and the rest are left to wander aimlessly, with tedious comedy gigs, an even more tedious faux sitcom and relatively vapid relationships masquerading as a plot.” While Rolling Stone called it “the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.”
The lengthy running time is bound to turn some people off, while others might be upset with the bait and switch (the film is more of a drama about funny people than a comedy — not to say it doesn’t have a lot of laughs). I’m expecting to like it quite a bit as I enjoyed an early draft of the screenplay (although it seems like the third act problems might not have been fixed during production). But since I haven’t seen the film, there isn’t much more to say. Lets hear some opinions of some people who have seen the movie. What did you think?
Discuss: What did you think of Funny People? How does it stand up against Apatow’s previous directorial efforts — 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up? What did you like, what did you hate? Isn’t Aubrey Plaza totally awesome? Was it too long? Too dramatic? Or funnier than you expected it to be? The spoiler gates are open, so leave your thoughts in the comments below!