Starring: Eric Bana, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill
Eric Bana's Performance: A+
As soon as I saw that Eric Bana was in this movie, I knew I was going to see it. And oh man, he's freaking hilarious!
But first, everyone else. Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a successful comedian who has just found out he's dying. Trying to cheer himself up, he goes to a comedy club and after a disastrous set, is impressed by struggling comedian Ira. So George hires Ira as his assistant (keep him organized, write some jokes) and these two begin to form a friendship. George at first keeps his disease (a form of leukemia) hidden from everyone but Ira tells him that he's got to tell other people eventually. So George starts tellings others and the most important person he tells is the one that got away, a former fiancee whom he cheated on. By telling her he's dying, it gives them an opportunity to let each other know that they still love each other and that Laura, in an attempt to find someone opposite of George, ends up marrying a cheating scumbag anyway (Eric Bana).
But then George, who has been taking experimental drugs, discovers that he has gotten better and he decides to go after Laura. And then we see how much almost dying has affected George.
Ok. So Funny People definitely had some funny parts. But the whole friendship thing between George and Ira gets overshadowed in the last half by George and Laura. Ira is still around, trying to do the right thing, but that kind of blows up in his face. However this movie for me has always been about Eric and omg his character is such a spaz! Eric's character, Clark has been married to Laura for a while now and he's a businessman who is dealing with companies in China. Laura confesses to George that Clark has cheated on her. So you're all ready to hate him when he finally appears in the movie (in the last 45 minutes I'd say he shows up - and then proceeds to steal the movie for the next 25 minutes). *sigh* Eric Bana is really funny.
In the end though, the movie as a whole is kind of uneven. The first half is good, then when George detours with Laura, the whole vibe of the movie is kind of lost. But it's not horrible. I still had some good laughs and if you're a fan of Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen or Eric Bana, go see this movie.