Monday, October 10, 2011
Another Judd Apatow comedy, director of your raunchy favorites Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. I have yet to see an Apatow film that I have not liked. This one is not my favorite but I respect it for its significant difference from his other films that some fans may not like. The film stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen who become buds working in Comedy together. Sandler's character is a big famous comedien like he is in real life who discovers he has a rare disease, a kind of leukemia. He befriends Rogen's character who is an aspiring comedien and he opens for Sandler and writes jokes as Sandler tries to figure out his life. The movie is much more serious then the other Apatow films. It is a story of friendship like I Love You Man but this one is more serious. More actual arguing and real emotional drama but still not too deep. This film would also appeal to more then just guys laughing and having beers together but women would enjoy this film also, this one is less raunchy. The supporting cast is fantastic with Jonah Hill among others and it is just a real enjoyable movie. The main flaw is its overlength. When people say overlength I normally think well Gone With The Wind is 4 hours and it is one of the best movies ever made. Well yes this is true, I do not have a problem with how long a movie is as long as it keeps moving. This comedy runs close to 2 1/2 hours which is real long for a casual comedy. Knocked Up pushed the limit a bit also. They just have so many jokes that they want to keep in but they really should cut some. The movie moves pretty quickly and is very entertaining but the whole last hour of the movie is at Sandler's ex wife's house who was barely in the movie before and the whole tone and purpose of the movie changes and then the leads go through the typical lets fight and not be friends anymore so we can get back together in the end and we can close the movie that way. Oops I just ruined it but at the same time I didn't because anyone with half a brain will see it coming and that is not the point of the movie. It really is a lot of fun. I was laughing out loud even though I was alone while watching it. It has a good little ending that is about friendship and how important life is. If you liked Knocked Up you will probably like this.
4 out of 5 Stars