We don’t typically like Adam Sandler movies, comedy is a very subjective thing and we don’t really find them funny. In ‘Funny People’ Adam Sandler plays a seasoned comedian who finds that he has a terminal illness. The movie contains sweet moments when Adam Sandler’s character befriends Seth Rogan’s character, who is just starting out in his career.
We found that the comedy in ‘Funny People’ helps to tell a difficult story in a funny way. This contrast is common to British comedy and the contrast can often make the story so much more poignant. This is used to great effect in ‘Red Dwarf’ where Dave Lister is isolated and alone in space. Of course, the fourth series of ‘Blackadder’ gets past jingoism and looks at the realities of war in World War 1.
In the same way ‘Funny People’ uses comedy to talk about facing sickness and death. These match up to the types of suffering.
In the same way ‘Funny People’ also uses comedy to talk about impermanence and death. These match up to the types of suffering.