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‘Funny People’ lives up to its premise

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“Funny People” is Judd Apatow’s third film as a writer-director — and the first in which he sets aside all the tomfoolery and gets down to dramatic business.

This is still a comedy, with laughs as big as the ones in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” There just aren’t quite so many of them, and there no fanciful shenanigans at the movie’s edges: No musical numbers; no odd and kooky stoners; no improvisational riffs in which the actors take off on ad-libbed tangents. Well, almost none of those. There is certainly nothing funny about the new movie’s early scenes, in which an Adam Sandler-esque superstar, George Simmons (Adam Sandler), learns he has a rare form of leukemia and only months to live.

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