Funny People reviews all start with how Judd Apatow has gone serious, but Funny People reviews disagree on how good that is. Funny People reviews have a lot to live up to, since Funny People reviews are living in the shadow of the raves for 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. But Funny People reviews do not seem to be hitting those high notes thus far, as Judd Apatow has indeed gone semi-serious, and some reviews are serious in panning Funny People as a result.
Funny People is not a Bergman film, however, as Judd Apatow still has tons of penis jokes, Adam Sandler and the Apatow regulars cutting it up, and many other comedians making cameos. But since Funny People has Sandler’s movie star stand-up facing a life-threatening disease, and other drama after he beats the disease, Judd Apatow is under a big microscope for going serious.
The Funny People reviews are not as united behind Apatow as 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up were. Many of the mixed or negative reviews do say that when Apatow focuses on humor, Funny People takes off. But when the final hour comes, and Sandler’s character spends all his time trying to win his former love back, that’s when Funny People gets too serious and off-the-rails.
Apatow’s own family is cited as the reason for Funny People’s downfall, since Apatow’s wife Leslie Mann plays Sandler’s ex, with Apatow’s own kids in tow. The whole final hour turns into a serious love triangle, with the Apatow family front and center Since it also drags Funny People into being two and a half hours long, the Funny People reviews are pretty nasty about that third act.
Still, Apatow does have some Funny People reviews that are in his corner, even for the third act. And Adam Sandler, who is much more reviled by critics than Apatow is, actually has a fair share of rave reviews for his rare turn into the dramatic.
The Rotten Tomatoes consensus for the Funny People reviews gives the film a 66% positive rating, which is still below Apatow’s usual standards. Still, Rotten Tomatoes rules that “Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow’s most mature film yet.”
Judd Apatow may have been a little better off staying with comedy, judging by the Funny People reviews and their attack on the serious finale. However, Apatow does still have a good share of critics in his corner, which means Funny People may still be regarded as another classic in some circles.
Apatow may be taking more licks than usual this time, but his defenders – and even some new critical fans – are still set to stand by him.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Funny People” http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/funny_people/