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trailer break: ‘Funny People’ redband trailer

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


I know I’m known as a Judd Apatow hater, and it’s true I haven’t liked most of his recent work, but I’ve always got an open mind and I always go into the next movie hoping that this is the one that changes things.

Substitute Adam Sandler for Judd Apatow in the paragraph above, and read it again. (And then read my review of You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.)

The trailers and TV ads for Funny People don’t make me automatically jump to the conclusion that I’m gonna hate it… I like, for instance, the suggestion — with the clip from the fake-Adam Sandler film where the wizard turned him into a baby — that Hollywood’s love affair with stupid comedies may get sent up. And the overall tenor seems to be one of “I make idiotic jokes and act like an overgrown 12-year-old because I’m afraid and in pain.”

That can’t be bad, can it?

Of course, if I love this or even merely like it, it probably means Sandler and Apatow fans won’t, and the film will flop.

Funny People opens in the U.S. on July 31 and in the U.K. on August 28.



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