9PM, 7MATE ★★ ★
This comedy by prolific writer-director-producer Judd Apatow ( Knocked Up, The 40- Year- Old Virgin) is not really a comedy at all. Despite the are- you- readyto- laugh title, Funny People turns out to be a relatively serious film that just happens to have some great jokes in it. Adam Sandler stars as a successful comedian diagnosed with a lifethreatening condition who is determined to clean up his messy life before his time is up. Seth Rogen is a battling gag writer hired to help out. Co- stars Leslie Mann, Eric Bana and Jonah Hill.