Not That Funny

 (78)5.11 h 39 min2014PG-13
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.
Lauralee Farrer
Tony HaleBrigid BrannaghK Callan
English [CC]
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Timothy V. MurphyJohn KapelosNick ThuneErin Way
Jack HaferTerence Berry
Boulevard Pictures
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Sabra BetonReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unique endearing movie
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"Not That Funny" hit all the checkmarks and more. What a unique, endearing piece. It was filmed in such a way that you feel you are right there with the characters. I believed each role - even the small scenes with "Mary," her nonchalant way was spot on - how many times have I met a small town "one of a kind" coffee shop owner who would drive your grandmother home? A work like this could go wrong so quickly but this one stayed the course of never becoming cliché or sappy, but, for heaven's sake, I got weepy twice! And, I had to pause a few times knowing that a contentious scene was emerging - even though it is an easy film, it stirs your emotions. I loved Tony Hale in this - his character was played and developed in such a way, he truly became a "heart-throb!" Really. I could name each character but a special nod to John Kapelos - charming! I want more films like this - quality, simple, enjoyable, endearing. The writers/director respected the audience enough to not spell out all the moral lessons - they lie softly under the surface, you just have to listen.
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Xoe Coco KahloReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful! Men Should See This!
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Tony Hale just became my new heart throb. Everything in the scene with the comedian and what he says to Tony Hale's character are absolute gold nuggets for men to really hear. I wish our society was not rigged to make men feel inferior & inadequate if they don't have the car, the body, the 'cool' attitude, etc. If a woman is going to be interested in you, you have to have some kind of life that is already in your heart - making it beat. You can't make a female what your life is about. You have to be interested in life and other people. Figure that out. It's not easy but when there is love inside of you, you have a flame in you. It can't be generated from superficial-ness. Women respond to truth and what is genuine. This movie is a wonderful story with SO much simple human heart & wisdom. Thank You for this one!
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Brian ButzReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's humorous, but not that funny
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I enjoyed this film, but there's nothing particularly special about it. Oddly, that's a big part of it's charm. There's a couple of harsh jokes presented as an example of things not to say, but otherwise this is very family friendly with a decent moral. Tony Hale is one of my favorite comedy character actors in his subversive role of "Buster Bluth" in "Arrested Development" This role has him dialed way far back to the point, his character is somewhat boring, but he's a good guy with a lot of integrity trying to impress the granddaughter of an elderly lady who he rents a room from, and he helps in everyday activities and taking care of the house. The performances are subdued, but there's a lot of care felt between characters. This kind of humanity is rare to see in life and even more rare in movies outside of religious propaganda films. This is largely about people treating each other decently and about trying to find love without being a show off. A lot of rom-coms have similar themes but feel tacked on and the lead is a schmuck causing chaos, and his calamities caused are too easily forgiven. Here the story starts with an actual decent, respectable and friendly but not obviously interesting guy, who wants to impress the girl but doesn't really try. On some levels it misses out on comedic opportunities, but I think it'd miss it's point if they had gone that way. A lot of people don't really understand the difference between comedy and humor. I get it, but can't really explain it. Both are relatable, but one goes for laughs, while the other goes for perspective and the potential for comedy. This is unquestionably humorous, but not particularly funny, but I think it would have lost a lot of it's humanity if it tried to be a comedy. This isn't really a rom-com or an indy film, but does seem a lot like many religious family films, but without all that pesky religion. They don't make films like this anymore, when my grandma was still alive it was hard to find things we'd all enjoy, I think this would be a decent film to watch with several generations, but there are moments about dementia that could be a bit scary for the elderly, otherwise it's very sweet and humane and harkens back to a time when decency, selfless ness and community were revered. There's no agenda other than to do right by one-another. We can use more of that.
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MizDeeReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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"I'm alone, I'm not lonely," Stefan (Tony Hale) tells his friend. Enter Haley (Brigid Branagh), who's looking for one simple characteristic in a man. All she wants is a guy who makes her laugh. Only for Stefan, who's smitten, it's not that simple. And while Haley keeps her very polished boss smiling, his snotty attitude is not making anybody laugh either. The story that unfolds is one of believable characters who could be my neighbors or yours. Haley's grandmother's home, where Stefan rents a room and Haley comes back to visit, is loaded with character but needs some hard work and TLC, a lot like the people who share it. These are human beings you can relate to and root for as they try to figure out their relationships and their lives, bringing us tender moments and some laughs along the way.
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Kimberly DominguezReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Charming Cinematic Gem
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If there is a bright side to being in Covid lockdown, it's finding a cinematic gem like Not That Funny. A beautifully shot film about the things we are willing to do for love and the ultimate acceptance of our true self. Not That Funny delicately approaches the minor self sacrificing decisions we make, that often create major life events which ultimately shape our lives. This is a gentle, true-to-reality sized film that helped me feel part of the human race. Not That Funny did the one thing I want from every movie I see: give me answers about this thing called life. It answered some deep personal questions and opened up a discussion on others. As the final shot faded out, I was left happy, satisfied and smiling ear to ear.
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Marcia Whitehead, Public SpeakerReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I LOVED this film!!!
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What a lovely experience to have happened upon this beautiful film, especially during these stressful times in which we find ourselves. This family-friendly story is gentle, quiet, poignant and hopeful, which is just what I needed. And who could have imagined that Tony Hale, who has made us laugh for years, would make such a wonderfully believable romantic lead. I came away respecting his talent even more than before and would love to see him take on this type of role again. If you're tired of movies full of gun-fights, fist-fights, profanity, car chases and bombs going off and want an hour and a half of sweetness, Not That Funny is the film for you.
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H. BoydReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet Real-Life View of a Relatable Romance
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I loved this movie! It was a sweet poignant story pulled from the pages of what seemed to be a real life. It isn’t the usual glossy glam RomCom with the over-the-top story lines and sweet-sappy-never-happen-in-reality endings. Instead the story unfolds like some of those real life awkward encounters that make this movie relatable to my life. The title “Not That Funny” is an ironic take on the male lead character, given Tony Hale is actually a really funny guy. I enjoyed all the actors; they made this film very realistic and relatable. I loved director, Laurel Farrer’s take on romantic comedy with a story about discovering who you are by remembering where you came from.
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E. RossReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very sweet romance
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I am not quite sure why this is rated PG-13, it is family friendly, but probably a bit too slow to keep kids interested. I loved this movie, and already feel like watching it again, which does not happen very often in movie land for me. I really don't want to say too much, other than it is super sweet and makes you think about what is important in life.
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