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“Funny People” Movie Addresses Cancer Diagnosis
Frankly, I think Adam Sandler is best reserved for 14 year old boys. And my husband. That’s why I was so surprised when I found myself watching “Funny People,” and liking it. In it, Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a blue comedian who finds out he has acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
When Simmons finds out the results, the AML has progressed so far that he requires experimental treatment that could help his body battle the leukemia. And, as he does so, he is forced to prepare himself to die and comes up against age-old questions about life – why he’s there, the value of material things, the nature of friendship, loneliness and more.
In terms of great movies, it wasn’t an award winner and probably shouldn’t have been. But a quiet movie that has the potential to make you think about your own life, it has great value. This isn’t “Bucket List,” and there’s no treks across the world to see the Seven Wonders. Instead, this movie focuses on the relationships that connect us, heal us, scar us, and define us. When I got done seeing it, it made me want to call a friend.
Be warned - the language and humor is rough, and I couldn’t let my teenager watch it. This movie is not for those easily offended.