This movie has Adam Sandler as a bitter comedian who only cares about himself. As he learns he is soon to die from ALS, he hires Seth Rogen, who is a struggling comedian living with two roomates (Jonah Hill and an actor from a grade B sitcom). Sandler caught Rogen's act and thought he may be good to write some jokes and act a personal servant. Rogen may not have much (he supports himself by working at a deli counter in a supermarket) but he has a sense of principals, which neither his roomates or the selfish Sandler have.
Sandler had one woman that he had loved but she left him for an Aussie (Eric Bana) when Sandler had cheated on her. She shows up back in Sandler's life when she hears about his illness. Sandler is determined to get her back and wants Rogen to help him. Rogen realizes that Sandler's plan is a "trainwreck" about to happen and he tries to diffuse it as best he can without getting Sandler mad at him (he doesn't want to give up his exciting gig to go back to work at a deli counter).
The movie is an excellent character study with Sandler in one of his best roles ever and Rogen (looking a lot better slimmed down from recent films) in his most sensitive role ever. The exchanges between Sandler and Rogen are excellent and many of the exchanges between Rogen and his conniving roomates are hilarious. One of the best films this year! Should not be missed!
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Funny People is a 2009 American comedy-drama film, written, co-produced, and directed by Judd Apatow, and starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen as stand-up comedians. The film was released on July 31, 2009 in North America, and will be released on August 28, 2009 in the United Kingdom. Funny People implements more dramatic elements than seen in Apatow's previous films. The film was co-produced by Apatow Productions and Madison 23 Productions, a subsidiary of Sandler's company Happy Madison. Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures co-financed the film; Universal will serve as a worldwide distributor.