Funny People

Popular comedian and film star George Simmons' (Adam Sandler) fame and fortune have left him bitter, materialistic and virtually friendless. After learning he has a terminal illness, he hires an amateur comedian as his assistant and joke-writer in order to have someone keep him company during his final days.

  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan and Leslie Mann
  • Director(s): Judd Apatow
  • Producer(s): Judd Apatow
  • Screenwriter(s): Judd Apatow
  • Distributor: 20th Century Fox
  • Animal Coordinator: Birds and Animals, Gentle Jungle
  • Release Date: Friday, July 31, 2009
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

Bird

Backstage at the comedy club, a dove flies around in a room near a magician-comedian, who is practicing his act in the background. The trainer instructed the actor on how to properly handle the bird and handed the bird to the well-rehearsed actor moments before filming. The actor petted the trained bird for a moment, and then the bird flew at liberty in the room until the trainer retrieved it. The set was enclosed, with no way for the bird to get away.

Dogs

Laura's (Leslie Mann) family dogs take turns licking peanut butter off different people's faces as part of a family game they play. The actors were instructed on the dogs' proper handling. Trainers handed a leashed Boston terrier to a child actress moments before filming, and the well-rehearsed actress walked the dog to its end mark, where another actress was lying on the floor with peanut butter on her face. Off-screen trainers then cued the dog to get the peanut butter, which the dog loved. This action was then repeated with a mastiff, which also licked peanut butter off various actors' faces and loved it.

Due to limited resources or late notification, American Humane did not monitor some of the dog action or any of the kitten and chicken action.