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2009 Dramedy written and directed by Creator/JuddApatow and starring Creator/AdamSandler and SethRogen.

George Simmons (Sandler), a famous and popular comedian and star of numerous successful [[LowestCommonDenominator lowbrow]] comedic movies, is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, the treatment of which promises only a low chance of success. Looking back on his life [[LonelyAtTheTop and finding it empty and lonely]], realizing that he's somehow managed to drive away pretty much every meaningful human connection he ever had, Simmons decides to get back to his roots and return to the stand-up comedy circuit where he started. At his first gig, where he gives a [[CreatorBreakdown dark, depressing routine]], he crosses paths with Ira Wright (Rogen), a fumbling, shy and nervous up-and-comer who is on stage immediately after Simmons and manages to get a few laughs riffing on Simmons' dark routine.

Recognising something in Wright, Simmons offers him a job writing jokes for a corporate gig, which becomes a gig as Simmons' P.A. Ira thus becomes the first and only person George tells about his illness, and he begins to try and encourage George to come out of his shell and rebuild connections, including mending bridges with 'the one that got away' -- his ex-girlfriend Laura (Leslie Mann) who is now married to an Australian businessman named Clark (Eric Bana).

Just when George has resigned himself to the inevitable, an unexpected development gives him further cause to re-evaluate his life and what he thought he knew about it -- and he decides that it's time to get back together with Laura...
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!!''Funny People'' contains the following tropes:

* {{Adorkable}}: Ira. So much.
* AffairHair: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Laura.
* AndThenWhat: Eminem proposes this in a vulgar yet true way after [[spoiler: George finds out he is cured.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Eminem to George at the party celebrating George's disease going into remission.
-->'''Eminem''': So now that you got this second chance, man, what do you want?
-->'''George''': I kinda don't want anything.
-->'''Eminem''': So then what are we celebrating?
* ArtifactTitle: Sure, the film's about funny people... for the first act of the film. Then they [[GenreShift stop being funny]] and be dramatic, or in one person's case, a jerkass.
* AsHimself: A several comedians {{Cameo}} as himself, [[AdamWesting a couple of whom exaggerate themselves more than others]], most notably Ray Romano and Eminem.
* BriefAccentImitation: Laura attempts this in an effort to goad her husband. It fluctuates wildly, with shades of Standard English, Cockney, Scottoirish, Jamaican, and some Austrailian towards the end. Could also double as a CrowningMomentofFunny.
* CallBack: During one of George's stand-up routines he mentions his father putting peanut butter on his genitals for his dog to lick up. After the HalfwayPlotSwitch we are treated to the "Peanut butter game", a far less Squicky version of the same practice.
* ClusterFBomb: Every comedian in the film's routine has shades of this to some extent or another.
* CreatorBreakdown: George's first stand-up gig after learning about his illness especially, but it informs all of them that we see. Ira's own gigs aren't entirely free of this either.
* DeadpanSnarker: George and most of the other comedians who appear, although it's deconstructed in a way; it's made fairly clear that they all tend to use jokes as a substitute for actually forging meaningful connections with other people, or at least as a way to avoid expressing their feelings.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Laura's youngest daughter's crash was real. On the DVD commentary Apatow chuckles at the idea that people would think the accident took a lot of pre-production planning and stunt work.
* {{Flanderization}}: George himself, in the first half of the movie, he was a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk with a Heart of Gold]] that despite certain stuff he said or how he treated Ira, still cared enough to hire Ira as his assistant, which is thoughtful, considering that Ira himself is pretty much a [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkey]] when it comes to his humour. He also felt really bad for what he did to Laura, which was a minor part of the first half, and becomes a major part of the second half in which George is flanderized into a [[JerkAss Jerk Ass]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Ira is definitely this. He tries to get better at the end.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The aformentioned crash is, according to WordofGod, a symbolic precursor of the failure of George's attempt to be with Laura.
* GenreShift: From a comedy to a drama back to a comedy.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: [[spoiler: When it's revealed that George is cured of his illness,]] The movie soon [[GenreShift shifts]] to a ''DaysOfOurLives'' kinda feel as George starts to rekindle his love for Laura as Ira does not approve of this and Clark certainly doesn't either after he finds out.
* {{Jerkass}}: George in the latter half of the movie. He's [[WhatTheHellHero brutally]] deconstructed by Ira towards the end.
* KavorkaMan: George, his celebrity status makes him pretty popular with the ladies.
* LameComeback: George's comeback to Ira's WhatTheHellHero (see below), that Ira isn't funny, is just as pathetic and inadequate as it sounds.
* LonelyAtTheTop: George, although it's established that it's more than fame that has caused this.
* NerdsAreSexy: Ira's roommates' assessment of {{Aubrey Plaza}}'s character: "She's mousy!" "Yeah, a mouse I wanna stick my dick in!"
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Ira does this when he follows Laura to the airport. When Clark and Laura reunite and forgive each other, Ira tries to sneak away, but is spotted by Clark, thus having Laura be forced to tell how she slept with George and thus having an angered Clark beat the living crap out of George. All thanks to Ira simply trying to fix things.]]
* OhCrap: The look on George's face when Laura begins to make plans to leave her husband is beyond priceless.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ira gives one to George (see below), but it actually seems to have a positive effect at the very end.
* RecycledInSpace: The film's been interpreted by some as Adam Sandler's version of ''TheGreatGatsby''.
** TheGreatGatsby [-In StandUpComedy!-] [-[[spoiler: Minus the murder!]]-]
* SadClown: George, of course.
* ShoutOut: Possibly. The final shot in the movie (both in look and context) is nearly identical to the final shot in Film/CatchMeIfYouCan, which was also shot by Janusz Kaminski
* ShowWithinAShow: Jason Schwartzman's character acts in "Yo Teach". There's also all of the movies that Simmons has been in, which show up here and there.
* {{Spinoff}}: Judd Apatow bought a pitch for a Randy movie. The script is yet to be written.
* StylisticSuck: The majority of the [[ShowWithinAShow shows within the show]].
* SwissMessenger: Had Eminem not asked George AndThenWhat, he'd probably wouldn't be chasing after Laura. Ira also does this too, but see NiceJobBreakingItHero for that one.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Annoyingly enough, at least one trailer shows George [[spoiler: getting the news that his illness is gone.]] Some summaries give away the same plot point. Of course, given the length of the movie and the HalfwayPlotSwitch...
* WhatTheHellHero: In a way; after Ira, completely fed up with George [[spoiler: when he fired him]], has completely deconstructed the other man and informed him that even if he had everything he ever wanted George would still not be happy because he's a bitter, selfish, self-loathing shell of a man who doesn't seem to know what happiness even ''is'' never mind be able to find or provoke it in other people.
* WhamLine: The aforementioned LameComeback is meant by George to be this in-universe. And for a comic to be told this by someone as big as George Simmons would certainly qualify. Still comes off pretty lame, though.
* YourCheatingHeart: Laura and Clark.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: George's cancer sets off the plot of the movie, [[spoiler: but of course he gets better]].
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/funny_people.jpg]]
2009 Dramedy written and directed by Creator/JuddApatow and starring Creator/AdamSandler and SethRogen.

George Simmons (Sandler), a famous and popular comedian and star of numerous successful [[LowestCommonDenominator lowbrow]] comedic movies, is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, the treatment of which promises only a low chance of success. Looking back on his life [[LonelyAtTheTop and finding it empty and lonely]], realizing that he's somehow managed to drive away pretty much every meaningful human connection he ever had, Simmons decides to get back to his roots and return to the stand-up comedy circuit where he started. At his first gig, where he gives a [[CreatorBreakdown dark, depressing routine]], he crosses paths with Ira Wright (Rogen), a fumbling, shy and nervous up-and-comer who is on stage immediately after Simmons and manages to get a few laughs riffing on Simmons' dark routine.

Recognising something in Wright, Simmons offers him a job writing jokes for a corporate gig, which becomes a gig as Simmons' P.A. Ira thus becomes the first and only person George tells about his illness, and he begins to try and encourage George to come out of his shell and rebuild connections, including mending bridges with 'the one that got away' -- his ex-girlfriend Laura (Leslie Mann) who is now married to an Australian businessman named Clark (Eric Bana).

Just when George has resigned himself to the inevitable, an unexpected development gives him further cause to re-evaluate his life and what he thought he knew about it -- and he decides that it's time to get back together with Laura...
----
!!''Funny People'' contains the following tropes:

* {{Adorkable}}: Ira. So much.
* AffairHair: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Laura.
* AndThenWhat: Eminem proposes this in a vulgar yet true way after [[spoiler: George finds out he is cured.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Eminem to George at the party celebrating George's disease going into remission.
-->'''Eminem''': So now that you got this second chance, man, what do you want?
-->'''George''': I kinda don't want anything.
-->'''Eminem''': So then what are we celebrating?
* ArtifactTitle: Sure, the film's about funny people... for the first act of the film. Then they [[GenreShift stop being funny]] and be dramatic, or in one person's case, a jerkass.
* AsHimself: A several comedians {{Cameo}} as himself, [[AdamWesting a couple of whom exaggerate themselves more than others]], most notably Ray Romano and Eminem.
* BriefAccentImitation: Laura attempts this in an effort to goad her husband. It fluctuates wildly, with shades of Standard English, Cockney, Scottoirish, Jamaican, and some Austrailian towards the end. Could also double as a CrowningMomentofFunny.
* CallBack: During one of George's stand-up routines he mentions his father putting peanut butter on his genitals for his dog to lick up. After the HalfwayPlotSwitch we are treated to the "Peanut butter game", a far less Squicky version of the same practice.
* ClusterFBomb: Every comedian in the film's routine has shades of this to some extent or another.
* CreatorBreakdown: George's first stand-up gig after learning about his illness especially, but it informs all of them that we see. Ira's own gigs aren't entirely free of this either.
* DeadpanSnarker: George and most of the other comedians who appear, although it's deconstructed in a way; it's made fairly clear that they all tend to use jokes as a substitute for actually forging meaningful connections with other people, or at least as a way to avoid expressing their feelings.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Laura's youngest daughter's crash was real. On the DVD commentary Apatow chuckles at the idea that people would think the accident took a lot of pre-production planning and stunt work.
* {{Flanderization}}: George himself, in the first half of the movie, he was a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk with a Heart of Gold]] that despite certain stuff he said or how he treated Ira, still cared enough to hire Ira as his assistant, which is thoughtful, considering that Ira himself is pretty much a [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkey]] when it comes to his humour. He also felt really bad for what he did to Laura, which was a minor part of the first half, and becomes a major part of the second half in which George is flanderized into a [[JerkAss Jerk Ass]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Ira is definitely this. He tries to get better at the end.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The aformentioned crash is, according to WordofGod, a symbolic precursor of the failure of George's attempt to be with Laura.
* GenreShift: From a comedy to a drama back to a comedy.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: [[spoiler: When it's revealed that George is cured of his illness,]] The movie soon [[GenreShift shifts]] to a ''DaysOfOurLives'' kinda feel as George starts to rekindle his love for Laura as Ira does not approve of this and Clark certainly doesn't either after he finds out.
* {{Jerkass}}: George in the latter half of the movie. He's [[WhatTheHellHero brutally]] deconstructed by Ira towards the end.
* KavorkaMan: George, his celebrity status makes him pretty popular with the ladies.
* LameComeback: George's comeback to Ira's WhatTheHellHero (see below), that Ira isn't funny, is just as pathetic and inadequate as it sounds.
* LonelyAtTheTop: George, although it's established that it's more than fame that has caused this.
* NerdsAreSexy: Ira's roommates' assessment of {{Aubrey Plaza}}'s character: "She's mousy!" "Yeah, a mouse I wanna stick my dick in!"
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Ira does this when he follows Laura to the airport. When Clark and Laura reunite and forgive each other, Ira tries to sneak away, but is spotted by Clark, thus having Laura be forced to tell how she slept with George and thus having an angered Clark beat the living crap out of George. All thanks to Ira simply trying to fix things.]]
* OhCrap: The look on George's face when Laura begins to make plans to leave her husband is beyond priceless.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ira gives one to George (see below), but it actually seems to have a positive effect at the very end.
* RecycledInSpace: The film's been interpreted by some as Adam Sandler's version of ''TheGreatGatsby''.
** TheGreatGatsby [-In StandUpComedy!-] [-[[spoiler: Minus the murder!]]-]
* SadClown: George, of course.
* ShoutOut: Possibly. The final shot in the movie (both in look and context) is nearly identical to the final shot in Film/CatchMeIfYouCan, which was also shot by Janusz Kaminski
* ShowWithinAShow: Jason Schwartzman's character acts in "Yo Teach". There's also all of the movies that Simmons has been in, which show up here and there.
* {{Spinoff}}: Judd Apatow bought a pitch for a Randy movie. The script is yet to be written.
* StylisticSuck: The majority of the [[ShowWithinAShow shows within the show]].
* SwissMessenger: Had Eminem not asked George AndThenWhat, he'd probably wouldn't be chasing after Laura. Ira also does this too, but see NiceJobBreakingItHero for that one.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Annoyingly enough, at least one trailer shows George [[spoiler: getting the news that his illness is gone.]] Some summaries give away the same plot point. Of course, given the length of the movie and the HalfwayPlotSwitch...
* WhatTheHellHero: In a way; after Ira, completely fed up with George [[spoiler: when he fired him]], has completely deconstructed the other man and informed him that even if he had everything he ever wanted George would still not be happy because he's a bitter, selfish, self-loathing shell of a man who doesn't seem to know what happiness even ''is'' never mind be able to find or provoke it in other people.
* WhamLine: The aforementioned LameComeback is meant by George to be this in-universe. And for a comic to be told this by someone as big as George Simmons would certainly qualify. Still comes off pretty lame, though.
* YourCheatingHeart: Laura and Clark.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: George's cancer sets off the plot of the movie, [[spoiler: but of course he gets better]].
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1st Feb '13 10:34:29 AM nombretomado
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2009 Dramedy written and directed by Creator/JuddApatow and starring AdamSandler and SethRogen.

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2009 Dramedy written and directed by Creator/JuddApatow and starring AdamSandler Creator/AdamSandler and SethRogen.
10th Jan '13 9:30:34 PM AviatorFan
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* OhCrap: The look on George's face when Laura begins to make plans to leave her husband is beyond priceless.


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* WhamLine: The aforementioned LameComeback is meant by George to be this in-universe. And for a comic to be told this by someone as big as George Simmons would certainly qualify. Still comes off pretty lame, though.
10th Jan '13 9:21:06 PM AviatorFan
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* CallBack: During one of George's stand-up routines he mentions his father putting peanut butter on his genitals for his dog to lick up. After the HalfwayPlotSwitch we are treated to the "Peanut butter game", a far less Squicky version of the same practice.


Added DiffLines:

* EnforcedMethodActing: Laura's youngest daughter's crash was real. On the DVD commentary Apatow chuckles at the idea that people would think the accident took a lot of pre-production planning and stunt work.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The aformentioned crash is, according to WordofGod, a symbolic precursor of the failure of George's attempt to be with Laura.
10th Jan '13 8:38:14 PM AviatorFan
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* Adorkable: Ira. So much.

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* Adorkable: {{Adorkable}}: Ira. So much.



* Cluster F Bomb: Every comedian in the film's routine has shades of this to some extent or another.

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* Cluster F Bomb: BriefAccentImitation: Laura attempts this in an effort to goad her husband. It fluctuates wildly, with shades of Standard English, Cockney, Scottoirish, Jamaican, and some Austrailian towards the end. Could also double as a CrowningMomentofFunny.
* ClusterFBomb:
Every comedian in the film's routine has shades of this to some extent or another.


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* ExtremeDoormat: Ira is definitely this. He tries to get better at the end.
10th Jan '13 7:36:25 PM AviatorFan
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* Adorkable: Ira. So much.


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* Cluster F Bomb: Every comedian in the film's routine has shades of this to some extent or another.
4th Dec '12 12:02:28 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Possibly. The final shot in the movie (both in look and context) is nearly identical to the final shot in CatchMeIfYouCan, which was also shot by Janusz Kaminski

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* ShoutOut: Possibly. The final shot in the movie (both in look and context) is nearly identical to the final shot in CatchMeIfYouCan, Film/CatchMeIfYouCan, which was also shot by Janusz Kaminski
13th Nov '12 4:04:43 AM nixmith
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* AsHimself: A several comedians {{Cameo}} as himself, [[AdamWesting a couple of whom exaggerate themselves more then others]], most notably Ray Romano and Eminem.

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* AsHimself: A several comedians {{Cameo}} as himself, [[AdamWesting a couple of whom exaggerate themselves more then than others]], most notably Ray Romano and Eminem.
22nd Oct '12 11:02:31 PM nombretomado
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2009 Dramedy written and directed by JuddApatow and starring AdamSandler and SethRogen.

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2009 Dramedy written and directed by JuddApatow Creator/JuddApatow and starring AdamSandler and SethRogen.
4th Oct '12 9:25:35 PM Psyga315
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Eminem to George at the party celebrating George's disease going into remission.
-->'''Eminem''': So now that you got this second chance, man, what do you want?
-->'''George''': I kinda don't want anything.
-->'''Eminem''': So then what are we celebrating?



* SwissMessenger: Had Eminem not asked George AndThenWhat, he'd probably wouldn't be chasing after Laura. Ira also does this too, but see NiceJobBreakingItHero for that one.



* WhatTheHellHero?: In a way; after Ira, completely fed up with George [[spoiler: when he fired him]], has completely deconstructed the other man and informed him that even if he had everything he ever wanted George would still not be happy because he's a bitter, selfish, self-loathing shell of a man who doesn't seem to know what happiness even ''is'' never mind be able to find or provoke it in other people.

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* WhatTheHellHero?: WhatTheHellHero: In a way; after Ira, completely fed up with George [[spoiler: when he fired him]], has completely deconstructed the other man and informed him that even if he had everything he ever wanted George would still not be happy because he's a bitter, selfish, self-loathing shell of a man who doesn't seem to know what happiness even ''is'' never mind be able to find or provoke it in other people.
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