Parents' Guide to

Funny People

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

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

Movie R 2009 140 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+


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

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (23):

Funny People looks like a show business melodrama, and it is -- but it's also a little more. It offers a look at the messy nature of getting old and getting tired, at how easy it is to think that big gestures will change our lives -- as opposed to small, incremental efforts. Funny People has plenty of gags and laughs, but it's also much smarter -- and much more serious -- about what's behind the laughter than you might think.

After the anarchic fun of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, writer-director Judd Apatow's third film is a fascinating series of contrasts -- a look at the seemingly trivial world of stand-up comedy, a potty-mouthed meditation on life and death, a seemingly familiar story that takes several unexpected deviations. Yes, FUNNY PEOPLE is long (two hours and 20 minutes), but it's also strong -- funny, rich, real, and messy. Part of that comes in both how the film hews close to the actors' real lives (Sandler as a multimillionaire comedian renowned for lowbrow high-concept films is hardly a stretch) and the ways in which it doesn't (George is an unmarried man-child, while Sandler is a married father of two). Rogen -- a successful, talented comedian in real life -- pulls off a particularly tricky acting job by conveying the nerves and neuroses of an unsuccessful, struggling one.

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