Funny People

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Stand-up saga has a foul mouth but brains and heart, too.

R 2009 140 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 13+

Good

Violence 0/5 Sex 3/5 Language 5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2/5

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Great messages
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+

Wow! Very Real and Emotional Movie

I've never been an Adam Sandler fan, but my late husband wanted to see this movie. I agreed because the plot hit home; my late hubby was in limbo w/a very rare and lethal cancer. Adam Sandler's performance blew me away! This movie gives you a glimpse of Sandler's genius like no other. Seth Rogen embodies all of the insecurities and fears of a struggling stand-up guy and as the film progresses, he gives such humanity to both characters. No, this movie isn't Knocked Up or Superbad. It's not tons of laughter about ridiculous nothingness. Funny People perfectly captures what happens when a man at the top of his game is suddenly faced with an ugly and imminent death. Most movies wrap up with either a miracle cure or the cancer stricken character gaining redemption and dying in an idyllic manner. Life rarely works like that and Funny People remembers and respects what real life tends to do with people. We laughed and cried during this film and my husband said Sandler and the writers hit the nail on the head, perfectly exploring the emotions of being given months to live then learning no one really knows how much time they have in this world. This isn't a funny movie about people; it's a movie about people who are supposed to be funny and lighthearted at all times in the eyes of adoring fans. Regardless, it's a great film with amazing performances by all of the actors involved. Just don't go into this thinking you're watching Knocked Up or Happy Gilmore.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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