When I heard that Judd Apatow was going to be making a movie with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan, I couldn't decide if this was the best idea I'd ever heard or the worst.
It turned out to be a pretty good idea, but the combination didn't result in the kind of movie I think most people might be expecting.
'Funny People' manages to deal with issues like mortality, happiness, and the meaning of life in a way that is... well, funny. We are talking about a bunch of comedians after all. But it's also an introspective film that asks us to think about our own life choices and whether they have really led us where we hoped they would.
If all that sounds a bit heavy, it's not. It's funny and touching and not at all your typical Adam Sandler or Seth Rogan movie. I'll give it 3 1/2 stars for exceeding the sum of its parts.
(Murray found it overly long. Murray has the attention span of an eight year-old.)
ADDENDUM: Go read Roger's review. He gets more words to say it in, but we're on the same page here. Oddly, I'm beginning to wonder if writer / directors are starting to create movies dealing with mortality and the meaning of life just to get a glowing, poetic review out of him.