After two likable hit comedies, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, writer-director Judd Apatow goes the serious route with Funny People. The results are disastrous.
The film’s protagonist is a comic named George Simmons (Adam Sandler) who’s estranged from his family and has no close friends. His romantic life has been restricted to one-night stands since he lost the only woman he’s ever loved by cheating on her. When George discovers that he’s dying of leukemia, he keeps the news from everyone he knows. His only confidant is Ira (Seth Rogen), a struggling young comedian whose set he catches at the L.A. comedy club The Improv.