Hollywood Product: Funny People (1)
GENRE: Bittersweet bromance
THE PITCH: Stand-up comic-turned-movie megastar George Simmons (Adam Sandler as a fictionalized version of himself) mentors aspiring comedian Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) after being diagnosed with a rare disease. Will Georges self-assessment inspire him to reconnect with his former fiancée Laura (Leslie Mann)?
MONEY SHOTS: The films best jokes are Georges horrible-looking fake movie hits such as the Splash-like Merman and the magic baby comedy Re-Do. Ira blubbers hilariously while meeting George at a diner. Laura proves to be a terrible liar at a dinner with George and her husband Clarke (Eric Bana). Clarke chases George around a yard when tempers fray.
BEST LINE: “Shes mousy — like a mouse you want to stick your dick in,” remarks Iras roommate Leo (Jonah Hill). The films comedians joke about almost nothing but genitalia, which indicates their emotional immaturity.
(Image by Tracy Bennett/© 2009 Universal Studios)