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'Funny People' Unites The Renowned Subtleties Of Sandler, Apatow, And Rogen

The trailer for Judd Apatow's upcoming Funny People has started to circulate in earnest, and the first warning is — as explained at Low Resolution — that the trailer is lengthy and appears to give away most of the plot. This is a baffling and frustrating affliction of the modern trailer, where there's been a collapse of the idea that you can sell a movie without encapsulating it.

What the trailer actually portends, after the jump...

But with that said, the trailer actually looks pretty good, if you like the Apatow oeuvre (which also includes The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up). My Adam Sandler Yearly Allowance is very, very low — perhaps one movie. (Last year, it was You Don't Mess With The Zohan, which I only saw because it was 95 degrees outside and my apartment didn't have air conditioning.) But if I have to watch him, I prefer to watch him like this, in something where the drier side of his comic personality dominates over the...well, the You Don't Mess With The Zohan side. Sandler as a stand-up will wear me out much more slowly than Sandler as the little-boy/man hybrid he often plays.

Seth Rogen, too, seems to be playing the version of himself that isn't stoned all the time, which is far more endearing than the eternally baked and guffawing persona of Pineapple Express and, to a lesser extent, Knocked Up. In fact, each of the Apatow guys has a self that's more accessible and a self that's amped up to the point of utter parody. It's fundamentally the same self, and these aren't actors who stretch enormously from what they are, but the variations in tone from project to project make a huge difference, and here, they all seem to be wearing their less annoying hats. Throw in Leslie Mann, who's lovely in everything, and it might not be bad.