I couldn’t help but notice one pretty major plot detail left out of the newest trailer for writer-director Judd Apatow’s upcoming Funny People (out July 31st). The first trailer bases itself around the premise that a famous stand-up comedian and actor (played by Adam Sandler) learns he has terminal cancer, but the second one — which played in front of Brüno this weekend — leaves that little detail out completely. Why? Now it’s just a movie about…funny people. Does leaving out the movie’s more serious element (and lines like “I’m dying”) make it more appealing to an audience looking for laughs?
Giving much more face time to the likes of cameos Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill, the newer trailer seems to rely on a cast. Plot? Who needs it! Hopefully the movie won’t do the same. What do you think PopWatchers? Just because a movie’s called “Funny People” and stars some funny people, is it guaranteed to be funny? Check out the new, slightly NSFW, cancer-and-plot-free trailer below, and then first, cancer-centric trailer after the jump.