As a director/writer/producer/guru, Judd Apatow has been the hallowed king of comedy movies for the last few years -- it seems just about the only complaint people have about his work is that it's too long. Funny People
, his third directorial effort, won't change anybody's opinion on that matter. However, he's taking his time for all the right reasons, and the result is a raucously funny and poignant love letter to standup comics.
Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie's opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This n...