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February 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 23, 2009 |

I’m not sure how they knew each other. Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow, that is. I think they were roommates back in the day, or something. During their stand-up days. They were probably on fairly equal footing, comedy wise. But then, one night, Sandler did too many whippets, and their career paths diverged. But they’re back together again, in the third movie Apatow has ever directed (although, he produced every single movie that came out between June of 2007 and November of 2008). Of course, Apatow wrote — along with Sandler — last summer’s odious You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. But now, Sandler is coming into Apatow’s world, instead of the other way around. This way is much better.

There’s something weird going on in the trailer for Funny People, though. I can’t quite place my finger on it. It may have to do with the fact that it looks more poignant than funny, which is OK. Or the notion that anyone would choose Sandler over Eric Bana. Or it may have something to do with the fact that I don’t want to cause severe bodily harm to Sandler. It just might be possible that Sandler will star in a movie that doesn’t suck for the first time since Punch-Drunk Love. And, if Apatow can extract a decent performance out of Sandler, like Paul Thomas Anderson did, maybe he does deserve to be in the Top 25 active directors.

I dunno. Watch the trailer. What do you got to lose? Seth Rogen is positively thin, Leslie Mann seems to steal most of her scenes, and Eric Bana has a sense of humor! Who knew?

He's Made Adam Sandler Likeable Again / Dustin Rowles

Industry | February 23, 2009 |

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