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'Funny People' tops new weekend releases

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
July 31, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
This weekend at the movies, Adam Sandler shows us his more serious side in the dramatic-themed comedy "Funny People." That's just one new film in theaters Friday."Aliens in the Attic" introduces us to a group of kids who head out on a family summer trip, only to discover their vacation home has been invaded by creatures from outer space. The aliens utilize mind control guns, but the kids figure out what's going on and it's up to them to save their parents and the world from an alien invasion.

The weekend's other wide release is "Funny People." Sandler stars as a well-known comedian who learns he has a terminal illness. Once he's diagnosed, he also realizes he has no close friends to help him deal with his crisis. But a chance meeting with a wannabe comedian, played by Seth Rogan, might help get him on the right track of examining his life, and re-evaluating what's important.

The film is directed by Judd Apatow, whose real life wife, Leslie Mann co-stars as Sandler's old flame. The couple's two daughters also have roles as her children, with Eric Bana playing her on-screen husband. "Funny People" is rated "R."

On the horror beat, we have "The Collector," which has an ex-con plotting a heist at his employer's remote country home. But the tables are turned when a masked criminal has already targeted the home, and made a maze of deadly traps for everyone there.

Also new this weekend is "The Cove," a documentary that follows a group of animal activists who uncover the horrific details of secret dolphin fishing off the coast of Japan. The leader of this particular cause has quite a history with dolphins. Nearly 50 years ago, Richard O'Barry trained the water-bound stars on "Flipper."

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