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"Funny Lady" is a big, messy flop of a movie that's almost cruel in the way it invites our memories of " Funny Girl " and doesn't match them. It's the sequel, of course, giving us Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in the years after she divorced the gambler Nicky Arnstein, married the showman Billy Rose and lost touch with whatever it was that excited us in the earlier movie.

"Funny Girl" was Streisand's screen debut, and she was tart and sassy and extravagantly talented. But she's nurtured her talent all too carefully in the years since, in a series of overproduced and overprotected musical vehicles that don't take chances and don't take off.

Never before, however, has Streisand looked as hapless as this. The screenplay is botched -- a series of disconnected highs and lows with no sense of life in between -- and the scenes that are supposed to be poignant have us snickering under our breath. Fanny's marriage to Rose ( James Caan ), for example, is such a puzzling series of random meetings and separations, we need a calendar to keep them straight. And she's still in love with the vapid Nicky Arnstein during most of the movie -- so Billy Rose needs a calendar, too, or maybe a shrink.

After Fanny's big opening on Broadway in a Billy Rose show, she spots Nicky ( Omar Sharif ) over the footlights. This would be, of course, impossible; but never mind. She spots him, Billy Rose spots him, Roddy McDowall as her faithful gay sidekick spots him and everybody holds their breath. Nicky comes backstage for a peculiar scene during which he says "Fanny," as if it were his only word of English. She weeps with joy, it turns out he's married someone else (why didn't she already know?), he leaves, she mourns.

Then she sings a brave number, alone onstage after the others have left. Billy Rose listens from the wings. He loves her, and here is his chance, but he lets her leave alone. Five months later, with no scenes in between, he asks her to marry him. Later, there is a scene in a Pullman bedroom where they argue over her cold cream and his pajamas. Fade to Fanny singing a love song to her man, now sans pajamas, and then there is another tremendous leap forward in time. There is no sense of continuity here, and indeed a cinematic archeologist would guess that whole passages, whole handfuls of scenes, were jettisoned.

Caan makes a passable Billy Rose, although we never get much sense of a connection with the historical Rose and his prodigious talent as a producer and packager. But Sharif, as Arnstein, is an embarrassment. He wasn't this bad in "Funny Girl" because that was all Barbra's show. He had to mope around, spaniel-eyed and worshipful, until her talent outgrew his weakness and they split up. This time, inexplicably, she can't get that man outta her mind.

No wonder. He's presented as some sort of Playgirl or Viva fantasy, forever casting his quick, enigmatic glances from atop his polo pony. In the most laughable scene of a movie filled with them, they have a reunion and he explains that even if he leaves his rich wife, "I'll walk away with a large stake." Streisand breathes dreamily and embraces a handy nearby pillar.

A lot of this junk could have been saved by some great Streisand numbers. But here's where Herbert Ross , the director, fails most spectacularly. He wastes resources on a series of musical extravaganzas that are supposed to be bad -- the Billy Rose flop in Atlantic City that becomes a hit on Broadway -- and although he goes to the extreme of providing a runaway buffalo on stage, he doesn't get many laughs because his bad numbers are so overproduced and badly timed they are not funny, they're ungainly. With less than the cost of the costumes, Mel Brooks could (and in " The Producers " (1968) did) provide a bad musical number infinitely funnier.

In the midst of the carnage, Streisand sometimes hardly registers. She does a lot of her songs voice-over, which displaces her great presence and delivery, and there's a would-be big number involving a car and an airplane that draws only negative comparison with her "Don't Rain on My Parade" spectacular in "Funny Girl."

Ross consistently misses high points, ends scenes without completing them, gives us a muddy sound track, wastes time on ridiculous dialog (the conversation about Arnstein's toothbrushes has to be heard to be disbelieved), and then commits the most inexplicable omission of all. After a 10-year absence, Billy Rose reappears to coax Fanny Brice back onto Broadway. We look forward to the obligatory comeback scene with the old trouper bringing the house down -- and instead we get the end credits.

"Funny Girl" (1968) was directed by the veteran Hollywood craftsman William Wyler , who was strong enough to make the movie he wanted, and one that worked. Since then, Streisand has frequently preferred directors who would go along with her, who'll let her call the shots. She has a prodigious talent -- that big voice and the comic timing, too -- but it's embalmed here. The audience files out sheepishly, having dared to hope they'd be entertained. Performers, no matter how gifted, can't fail on such a spectacular scale very often before they stop getting the opportunity.

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Funny Lady (1975)

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Parents need to know that Funny Lady is theatrical-style musical with lots of singing and dancing, a somewhat grown-up love story that includes infidelity, and a very glamourous look at Depression era show business. The women wear flashy clothes: showgirls in revealing, outrageous costumes; Streisand as Fanny…

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Even after heartbreak, it is possible to find love again, but one must accept the risks. An irrational refusal to give up the past can be very costly.

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Strong, talented, and determined, Fanny Brice is a woman who commands respect, as well as adoration, and was an early real-life example of feminine independence and success. It was only in "matters of the heart" that she faltered.

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Some moderate kissing and embracing. A woman opens a bedroom door and it is clear that her husband has another woman in the bedroom with him. Set in a 1930s Broadway "Follies" environment, many costumes have plunging necklines and bare backs. Show girls wear revealing costumes. No nudity.

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Parents need to know that Funny Lady is theatrical-style musical with lots of singing and dancing, a somewhat grown-up love story that includes infidelity, and a very glamourous look at Depression era show business. The women wear flashy clothes: showgirls in revealing, outrageous costumes; Streisand as Fanny Brice wears plunging necklines and shows lots of leg. Almost everyone smokes almost all of the time as was common during the 1930s. There is some social drinking, but no drunkenness. Occasional swearing throughout: "Goddamn," "bastard," "screw," and "ass" are heard numerous times, plus some insults, both English and Yiddish. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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It's 1930. The Great Depression rages through the United States, sending even the most successful impresarios of the New York stage into bankruptcy. In this sequel to Funny Girl , Fanny Brice ( Barbra Streisand ), one of Broadway's brightest musical comedy stars, is reeling after her divorce from con artist and gambler Nicky Arnstein ( Omar Sharif ). With Fanny's career in the doldrums and her heart broken, Billy Rose ( James Caan ), a brash, talented composer and entrepreneur, urges her to join him in a spectacular new Broadway venture. Once again Fanny's star rises, this time with Billy's dynamic, though often naive optimism leading the way. Billy falls in love with Fanny. She agrees to marry him, though she's still bewitched by the charming Nicky. Their relationship is tested soon after the wedding by career and circumstances which find them living thousands of miles apart. The fragile marriage reaches a flashpoint when Nicky appears to test Fanny's resolve and Billy's willingness to accept her limited commitment.

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FUNNY LADY is filled with glitz, glamor, stunning costumes, breathtaking music and dance of the 1930s and 40s -- and with the astonishing talent of Streisand. She's in fine comic form: her voice soars, she never disappoints. The screenplay, however, which veers wildly from the actual facts of Fanny Brice's life, is less than stellar, and not up to the standard set by the original, Funny Girl . The love story moves in fits and starts, with scenes seemingly dropped in at different points in the relationship -- sometimes after lots of time has elapsed. As a result, there's no flow, no true emotional arc, and the audience cannot ever fully invest in Fanny's story.

But the story is secondary; it's not what draws people to this movie. Streisand's performance, the vibrancy of the music -- particularly the standards which bear composer Billy Rose's name -- and the wonderful production numbers make the film well worth the time for grownups and older kids who appreciate musical theater.

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Families can talk about how biographical movies (both musical and dramatic) often alter the truth in order to make a more entertaining story. Where can you look to find the true story? In what movies would that be important to you?

In addition to being a very talented comic and singer, the real Fanny Brice was considered "a woman ahead of her time." In what ways do you think this is true? Which current celebs or actors do you think are ahead of their time?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : March 15, 1975
  • On DVD or streaming : February 5, 2002
  • Cast : Barbra Streisand , James Caan , Roddy McDowall
  • Director : Herbert Ross
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Columbia Pictures
  • Genre : Musical
  • Topics : Arts and Dance
  • Run time : 136 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG
  • Awards : Academy Award , Golden Globe - Golden Globe Award Winner
  • Last updated : June 20, 2024

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Funny Lady

Funny Lady (1975)

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Funny Lady is a 1975 American biographical comedy-drama musical film starring Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall, and Ben Vereen.

A sequel to the 1968 film Funny Girl, it is a highly fictionalized account of the later life and career of comedian Fanny Brice and her marriage to songwriter and impresario Billy Rose. The screenplay was by Jay Presson Allen and Arnold Schulman, based on a story by Schulman. The primary score was by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It was directed by Herbert Ross.

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Famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the Great Depression she has trouble finding work as an artist, but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns a nightclub.

Barbra Streisand James Caan Omar Sharif Roddy McDowall Ben Vereen Carole Wells Larry Gates Eugene Troobnick Heidi O'Rourke Royce Wallace Lilyan Chauvin Samantha C. Kirkeby Matt Emery Joshua Shelley Cliff Norton Corey Fischer Garrett Lewis Byron Webster Ken Sansom Colleen Camp Alana Stewart Jackie Stoloff Bert May Bea Busch Maggie Malooly Don Torres Jodean Lawrence Larry Arnold Shirley Kirkes Mar Show All… Jerry Trent Toni Kaye Gary Menteer Raymond Guth Deborah Sherman Dick Winslow Dick DeBenedictis Louis Da Pron Hank Stohl Diane Wyatt Tom Northam Tod Durwood Paul Bryar Brett Hadley Jack Frey Jadeen Vaughn Ben Freedman Maralyn Thuma Phil Gray Frank L. Pine Bill Baldwin Ann Pennington

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Herbert Ross

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Arnold Schulman Jay Presson Allen

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Arnold Schulman

Casting Casting

Jennifer Shull

Editor Editor

Marion Rothman

Cinematography Cinematography

James Wong Howe

Assistant Directors Asst. Directors

Jack Roe Stu Fleming

Camera Operator Camera Operator

Dick Johnson

Additional Photography Add. Photography

Vilmos Zsigmond

Production Design Production Design

George Jenkins

Set Decoration Set Decoration

Audrey A. Blasdel John Franco Jr.

Special Effects Special Effects

Charles E. Dolan Phil Cory

Composers Composers

John Kander Peter Matz

Songs Songs

John Kander Fred Ebb

Costume Design Costume Design

Ray Aghayan Bob Mackie

Makeup Makeup

Don L. Cash

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Ray Pownall

Columbia Pictures Rastar Productions

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15 mar 1975, 27 jun 1975, 16 aug 1975, 25 aug 1975, releases by country.

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"I think I'll marry him; I don't like paying for material."

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This is genuinely so awful I am actively angry I made the terrible choice to watch this. Not worth time or words.

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i love funny girl. i would go so far as to say it’s my all time favourite movie. the character of fanny brice speaks to me more than any character i’ve ever seen on screen and barbra’s characterisation of her is an example of some of the greatest acting there is. who else wins an oscar for their first ever movie! it’s certainly no secret that i hate biopics, but funny girl is the one exception. so imagine how excited i was going into funny lady, knowing i was in for another wonderful barbra-as-fanny treat. don’t get me wrong, i had read all of the negative reviews, warning me not to expect much from this movie. i simply chose to…

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Papa Joe

Review by Papa Joe ★★★ 6

Nicky really lived in Fanny’s head rent free which is good for him seeing is if it cost anything he wouldn’t be able to afford because he had probably gambled his rent money away

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Review by 📼R📼 ★★★½

could easily double as a Kermit & Piggy origin story.

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COMMENTS

  1. Funny Lady movie review & film summary (1975) | Roger Ebert

    "Funny Lady" is a big, messy flop of a movie that's almost cruel in the way it invites our memories of "Funny Girl" and doesn't match them. It's the sequel, of course, giving us Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in the years after she divorced the gambler Nicky Arnstein, married the showman Billy Rose and lost touch with whatever it was that ...

  2. Funny Lady | Rotten Tomatoes

    In this sequel to "Funny Girl," Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) is now a huge star on Broadway whose fortunes have taken a hit from the Great Depression. After a whirlwind romance, Fanny marries...

  3. Funny Lady (1975) - IMDb

    Funny Lady: Directed by Herbert Ross. With Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall. Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

  4. Funny Lady - Wikipedia

    Funny Lady is a 1975 American biographical musical comedy-drama film and the sequel to the 1968 film Funny Girl. The film stars Barbra Streisand , James Caan , Omar Sharif , Roddy McDowall and Ben Vereen .

  5. Funny Lady (1975) - Funny Lady (1975) - User Reviews - IMDb

    "Funny Lady", a continuation of the life of singer-comedienne Fanny Brice begun in 1968 with "Funny Girl", is a smashing good time: a musical-comedy with exuberance, raucous wit, sentiment and bittersweet romance.

  6. Funny Lady Movie Review | Common Sense Media

    Vibrant music, some infidelity in Funny Girl sequel. Read Common Sense Media's Funny Lady review, age rating, and parents guide.

  7. Funny Lady 1975, directed by Herbert Ross | Film review

    Funny Girl becomes Funny Lady as Streisand completes the tragi-comic tale of Fanny Brice in a curate's egg of a musical blockbuster.

  8. Funny Lady - Movie Reviews | Rotten Tomatoes

    Funny Lady is a big, messy flop of a movie that's almost cruel in the way it invites our memories of Funny Girl and doesn't match them.

  9. Funny Lady (1975) - Herbert Ross | Review | AllMovie

    Funny Lady, the popular sequel to Funny Girl, is quite entertaining, despite an overly familiar story. Funny Girl's story was no more original, but the determined energy of film novice Barbra Streisand, combined with the superb work of director William Wyler, made the clichés less obvious.

  10. ‎Funny Lady (1975) directed by Herbert Ross • Reviews, film ...

    Famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the Great Depression she has trouble finding work as an artist, but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns a nightclub.