YMMV / Funny People

  • Awesome Moments: Ira giving George the speech he deserves.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Clark. He's either the funniest or least likable character in the movie. Being loosely based on Tom Buchanan doesn't help his case.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After George Simmons gives a depressing self pitying stand up routine Ira has to follow up and does so by making fun of George. At one point he jokingly says that George's act will be followed up by Robin Williams killing himself on stage. Well, it's wasn't on stage, but...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Leo (played by Jonah Hill) telling Ira "You shouldn't have lost all that weight"
  • It Was His Sled: The second half of the movie is a romantic drama that has nothing to do with the first.
  • One-Scene Wonder: James Taylor: "Fuck Facebook."
  • Padding: The film stretches one movie's worth of character development across two movies' worth of story. It also crams in a boatload of celebrity cameos that almost all have a scene to themselves, and don't establish anything other than "The main character knows this person." It seems to continue the trend of Apatow's films getting longer and longer and him beating his editor more savagely each time he says "Hey we should cut this stuff that doesn't add to the film thematically."
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The movie didn't need the an hour with George and his ex and most critics agree that it brought the movie down
  • Tough Act to Follow: After the major success of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up expectations were quite high for this, especially with the curiousity surrounding Adam Sandler's lead performance. Perhaps, though, for the reasons mentioned above, the film ended up being a critical disappointment and a commercial flop.