When a rare blood disease befalls celebrity comedian George Simmons (Adam Sandler), he is forced to put his life as a whole in perspective and realizes that he is truly alone. Realizing he needs a friend during his time of despair, and nobody in his life currently fits that description, he hires wannabe comedian Ira Wright (Seth Rogan) as an assistant.
Ira does everything for George, from talking him to sleep at night to writing jokes for him. Also, George realizes that although he hooks up with girls all the time, none of them have ever wanted a real relationship, except one—Laura (Leslie Mann), who is currently living in North California with her husband and kids. Because he figures he is doomed anyways, George decides to rekindle his old love with Laura, even if it’s at the expense of her new family.
Despite its title, Funny People is by no means the tasteless comedy that you would expect. The cast is wonderful, and Adam Sandler shocked the entire theatre by actually acting seriously, which is something he rarely does. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes a movie with a good balance of plot, drama, and comedy, and doesn’t mind the occasional inappropriate joke. Overall, this movie is worth watching.