FUNNY PEOPLE is Judd Apatow's newest film. And when taking into consideration the impact Apatow has had on American mainstream comedies for the last few years, it's hard to believe this is only his third movie as a director. FUNNY PEOPLE stars Adam Sandler as successful comedian George Simmons who learns he has a fatal decease and who, along with his writer Ira (Seth Rogen), has to make the best out of the rest of his short life. Hilarity ensues, after a fashion.
Judd Apatow has had a bigger influence on the state of current American mainstream comedies than any other single person. Before he became a big name in Hollywood, Apatow worked many years in television as a producer on such shows as "The Ben Stiller Show", "The Critic" og "The Larry Sanders Show". He got his breakthrough as a writer, producer and director on "Freaks and Geeks", which would prove to be a blueprint for his Hollywood-career. Apatow has only directed three films: THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN (2005), KNOCKED UP (2007) and FUNNY PEOPLE (2009), but as a producer he is responsible for films like ANCHORMAN (2004), TALLADEGA NIGHTS (2006), SUPERBAD (2007), WALK HARD (2007), FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL (2008), STEP BROTHERS (2008), PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and YEAR ONE (2009).