Not That Funny (2012)

Not That Funny (2012)

Brigid BrannaghTony HaleTimothy V. MurphyNick Thune
Lauralee Farrer


Not That Funny (2012) is a English movie. Lauralee Farrer has directed this movie. Brigid Brannagh,Tony Hale,Timothy V. Murphy,Nick Thune are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2012. Not That Funny (2012) is considered one of the best Comedy,Drama movie in India and around the world.

A love story about a woman who "just wants someone who makes her laugh" and a man who is not that funny. As he tries to learn how to be the man she says she wants, they each find an unexpected chance at happiness.

Not That Funny (2012) Reviews

  • A romantic comedy worth seeking out


    This bubble-light romantic comedy is worth seeking out. Tony Hale—in his first leading role I think—plays Stefan, a typical lovelorn Hollywood movie type who will do anything for the girl, eh-em, woman of his dreams to fall in love with him. Or at least notice him more. In this case, Stefan has overheard Hayley (Brigid Brannagh) stating she just wants a man that can make her laugh. Stefan knows he is not funny, so he seeks advice from friends, the Internet, and even stalks a comic. What makes Not That Funny work—and so enjoyable—is it smartly stays away from the traps of most romantic comedies. For example, Stefan learns a joke we know is not going to work. We don't get the obligatory scene where it falls flat and a lesson is learned. In fact, there's a lot obligatory trappings of the modern romantic comedy that are not seen or dwelled on in Not that Funny. Thanks goes to writer-director Lauralee Farrer and co-writer Jonathan Foster. The script—like the main character —is smart and likable, earnest and fair. It does a wonderful job in showcasing some character actors you've seen before and allows Hale— still best known as Buster on Arrested Development—a rare chance to showcase a grounded hero you'd invite over for dinner. Despite a paper- thin budget, Farrer and cinematographer Brandon Lippard deliver a beautiful looking valentine to the town of Sierra Madre (near Pasadena) and a remarkable house that is so functional it becomes another character.

  • A quiet, understated, and lovely film


    In general, I am a fan of Tony Hale. But in Not That Funny, Hale allows audiences to catch a glimpse of the sincerity that often resides just under the surface of his more comedic offerings. Of course, much of the credit goes here to the film's writers and director. The film has just the right amount of quirkiness, which allows it to remain a romantic comedy without succumbing to tired conventions. In other words, it represents everything I love about independent film done well. Without any hint of condescension or pretension, Not That Funny offers an unassuming and quietly subversive take on love, relationships, and life. Definitely worth seeing.

  • Charming


    I saw Not That Funny at Newport Beach Film Festival and thought it was the best film of the fest. Brigid Brannagh is lovely as a daughter returning home to her grandmother's house in a small California town. Tony Hale is awkward and entertaining as the man who thinks he has to make her laugh to win her heart. Watch for a fun turn from comedian Nick Thune as the man who tries to help Hale learn comedy. I loved the depiction of the little town and the people who can see Hale's character for the man he really is, especially the relationship between Hale and his friend Kevork, played by John Kapelos. The film is full of little details that feel authentic to the world and town is charming. I'm looking forward to seeing future films from co-writer/director Lauralee Farrer. Check out this film if you get a chance.

  • A tender and touching movie about connections and loneliness


    It's not that I dislike romantic comedies. It's that I dislike lazy romantic comedies, just as I dislike any lazy film that seeks to take our entertainment dollars with a marque name, recycled tropes, and big, unrealistic scenarios. And this is as much of a spoiler as you're going to get: Not That Funny acknowledges all the predictable tropes we come to expect from those movies, then dismisses them for the bullshit they are. Not That Funny is anything but lazy. It is infused with a genuine warmth, that comes from deft writing, good people, and intimate, quiet camera-work. So many times the camera lingered over little details, setting the tone for the movie and for the town of Sierra Madre where it was filmed. This movie takes the somewhat daring position that not only is trying to change yourself for someone else an exercise in futility, but also that we all already accept that. It doesn't insult our intelligence by going over the top, or having our hero become someone radically different, alienate everyone, then realize the error of his ways in a dramatic (and humiliating) third-act turn. We've all seen THAT movie. We've seen it a hundred times. Instead, Not That Funny does the hard work of crafting characters who shine from within, whose warmth shows through so that we identify with them, love them, and want them to be happy. If you're looking for big laughs, this is not the movie for you. In that, the title is correct. I smiled often. I even laughed a few times. But it's not that movie. If you want to see a genuine, touching, and sweet movie about kind people realizing that they are worthy of love, you need to see this movie. And if you can rustle one up, take a date with you.

  • A Romantic Comedy on the Edge


    What do Adam Sandler, Paul Thomas Anderson, Tony Hale, and Lauralee Farrer all have in common? They all can be not that funny, and that just might be a good thing. Lauralee Farrer's film Not That Funny is a romantic comedy on the edge of the genre (the film's Facebook page calls it a "Dramatic Comedy"). It pushes the boundaries of other, stereotypical romantic comedies in ways that remind me of how Paul Thomas Anderson similarly pushed the boundaries of the genre with his film Punch-Drunk Love. Both films star a notoriously wacky comedic actor - Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love and Tony Hale in Not That Funny. The titles of both films also cause us to reconsider our notions about what a romantic comedy should be. "Punch-drunk" seems like an extremely awkward adjective to attach to the word "love," and - in the case of Not That Funny - what romantic comedy would give itself a title subverting the very idea that anything comedic is contained within? Yet it is within this dichotomy that the power of these films resides. Even though neither film has quite the stereotypical level of hilarity (or, for that matter, cheesy romance) characteristic of other films in the genre, there is a very real quality to the stories they tell. In Punch-Drunk Love, Barry Egan is not the charming, heroic, funny man so frequently seen in romantic comedies. Yet he still finds a way to woo Lena, the woman he falls in love with. The story, while not without its hardships, still ends on a relatively positive, Hollywood-esque ending (Barry and Lena finally kiss as the music swells, and all is right in their world). A romantic kiss at the end of the movie was not something included in Not That Funny, a move which I thought served its story very well. Paul Thomas Anderson still could not resist that feel-good moment to tie everything up neatly at the end of his film, but Lauralee Farrer specifically chose not to include such a moment in her film. I feel that this was a brilliant choice for the story she was trying to tell. Real life cannot always be wrapped up in a bow-tie with a perfect "Hollwood" ending. There are still uncertainties and things left unresolved; that is the nature of life. In Not That Funny, Stefan Lane, like Barry Egan, is also a pretty ordinary guy. He is self- admittedly not very funny, a trait which proves to be painfully ironic when he overhears that Hayley, the woman he desires, is looking for a man who can make her laugh. With that discovery, the film's plot is set. Stefan begins to try everything he and his friend Kevork can think of to turn him into a funny guy. In the process, we see some of the most hilarious moments of this film. (At the screening I attended, the audience groaned loudly as Stefan's horrible sense of timing and tact caused him to tell an awful, distasteful joke at a most inopportune time. When he finally did tell it and it fell flat, it was one of the most reactive moments for the audience.) With the help of the crude comedian he was trying to emulate, Stefan ultimately comes to the liberating revelation that he really is just not a funny guy - and that is okay. Once he stops trying to be something that he was not and starts trying to be himself, we see the true start of the eventual blossoming of his relationship with Hayley. She has moved back to his small town of Sierra Madre (in which Not That Funny was filmed), and the prospect of a loving relationship looms brightly on the horizon as the two of them begin to brighten up their backyard with bright string lights. I want to be clear that I am by no means suggesting that Punch-Drunk Love and Not That Funny are trying to communicate the same message. But I do find it fascinating how both films, with their occasional similarities, have each played with the genre of romantic comedies in such a way as to get viewers to reevaluate their own understandings of love and identity. I hope that other filmmakers will continue to be bold enough to move in a similar direction more often. Because maybe, just maybe, being not that funny on occasion is a good thing.


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