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4th September 2009

Summary:

A stand-up comedian is told he only has 12 months to live in the latest from Knocked Up director Judd Apatow.


George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a successful stand-up who's just been diagnosed with a terminal blood disorder and given less than a year to live. After performing at the same club one night, George takes a shine to up-and-coming funnyman Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) and asks him to become his personal assistant and warm-up act. While George teaches Ira how to perfect his performance, Ira helps his boss come to terms with his imminent demise and the two become friends. Then a strange thing happens. George learns that the disease has gone into remission and, inspired by this near-death experience, decides to try and reignite his romance with old flame Laura (Leslie Mann). But he's going to have to try and get past Laura's tough-guy Aussie husband, Clarke (Eric Bana), first.

Review:

It's difficult to imagine what was in Judd Apatow's mind. A serious comedy of sorts? Adam Sandler is at the center of the confused attempt. He's better than he's ever been in a part that is, quite frankly, disagreeable to say the list. This creature that has achieved fame and fortune but without building any interior life. A bum, ignorant, silly, self pitying, spoiled, uneducated, moronic and I could go on but I guess you get the picture. The strange thing is that the story is structured in such a way that seems to imply we're suppose to feel for him even feel identified by his predicament. He's told he has a fatal disease at the beginning of the film but then miraculously he gets better and then you have another hour of film in which new characters are introduced. I wanted to run out of the theater and scream. There are a few funny moments and Jason Schwartzman and Eric Bana are very good but,somebody please tell me, what the hell was this?