Despite their critical acclaim and large earnings, Judd Apatow’s two previous directorial efforts often get the same criticisms. His female characters act/talk like men, the sentimentality is rampant and cloying, the premises are ridiculous, the humor is juvenile vulgarity, and most commonly the runtime is far too long.
The later is the most visible complaint – “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” both ran around two hours and their subsequent DVDs clocked in at 133 minutes each – a good 30-40 minutes longer than most comedies. Well those are going to seem breezy compared with his next film.
Hollywood Elsewhere reports that the current cut of Apatow’s “Funny People” clocks in at a whopping 150 minutes and is unlikely to be cut down anymore. Fans however have already come up with a partly justifiable argument – this film has more dramatic elements than his previous films.
Meanwhile Apatow tells MTV News that the related DVD release will have even more footage – including stand-up material – “Every time we shot stand-up comedy, we shot their entire act. We didn’t shoot it on a stage and add laughs later. We brought in real audiences and shot with six cameras and whatever happened happened. There are 5-10 minutes of stand up in the movie, but we shot everybody’s act seven times so we have all of that material to play with [on the DVD].”
Finally the filmmaker has also talked with Ace Showbiz about the faux movies seen advertised within the film that star Adam Sandler’s character. Most notable is “My Best Friend is a Robot” starring Owen Wilson as the robot, and the “Splash” take-off “Mer-man”.