So I went to see Funny People on Saturday night with my boyfriend and it was a pleasant surprise. I’m not necessarily a fan of Judd Apatow, for numerous reasons, however I think this film offers an interesting glimpse into a life that most American’s would covet. The obvious storyline is that Adam Sandler’s character has EVERYTHING. Money and fame. The obvious ethical point is that fame and fortune is not everything. This film, which has rightly been compared to Sunset Boulevard, offers a glimpse into torture that comes with life as a celebrity. Through his constantly abusive comments towards a “normal,” fairly moral person, Seth Rogen’s character, the audience quickly loses sympathy for Sandler. Through the course of the film, Sandler really proves to have no redeeming qualities besides remorse for the way that he treated the woman that he loved, although it still seems more like regret than remorse in some instances. Specifically, regret that he doesn’t have the family that Clarke, played by Eric Bana, has.
One interesting side story is the love triangle with Ira (Rogen), his roommate Mark (Jason Schwartzman) and Daisy (Aubrey Plaza). This story interests me only because it is not a part of popular culture and it really bothers me. Ira is interested in Daisy, however he is too shy to ask her out. Mark knows he wants to ask her out and is seemingly supportive by giving Ira an ultimatum time limit. When Ira fails to meet the rushed deadline Mark, a much more confident man, sleeps with Daisy. My problem with this situation is not just the betrayal of friendship, but the fact that Mark went out of his way to step on his friends’ toes and crush something that could have made him happy. Also, although Daisy says, when approached by Ira, that she is an independent woman and can do whatever she wants, Daisy is not acting independently by sleeping with a faux celebrity just because she can. From a girl’s point of view, I can understand the desire to have some fun, however if she had ANY interest at all in Ira, she would have held off on Mark. It really bothers me that this is mainstream today. A huge (#1 this weekend B.O.) film shows that this is how people treat each other in Hollywood with little to no remorse shown? I have higher standards than that for my friends and for that reason I have to say that Apatow has moved in the direction of showing something real on screen, however has missed.