Levine; screenwriter: Will Reiser;
Stacey; editor: Zene Baker; music: Michael Giacchino;
(Adam), Seth Rogen (Kyle),
(Katherine), (Rachael), (Diane),
Philip Baker Hall (Alan), Serge Houde (Richard), Matt
Frewer (Mitch); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: R;
producers: Evan Goldberg/Seth Rogen/Ben Karlin; Summit Entertainment;
"Amazingly upbeat and comical despite realistically depicting what it's like to know you have only a 50/50 chance of surviving a rare cancer."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The bromance, about a cancer patient nurtured by his coarse but loyal friend, is amazingly upbeat and comical despite realistically depicting what it's like to know you have only a 50/50 chance of surviving a rare cancer. Director Jonathan Levine (“The Wackness”) gets the most out of this inspirational story, that's based on writer Will Reiser's own experiences with surviving spinal cancer.
The 27-year-old Adam Lerner
works at a public radio
station as a producer and lives in a house in Seattle
with his aspiring abstract artist girlfriend Rachael (.
Kyle (Seth Rogen), Adam's colleague at the radio
station and best pal, is a fast talker who mixes
tenderness and vulgarity into almost every
conversation. The friend berates Adam for letting his
honey treat him so sexually cold, and urges him to go
on the prowl with him for more lively chicks.
Adam learns he has a
malignant spinal tumor and must undergo chemotherapy,
which changes his outlook on life, in an instant, as
he fights for survival by going through the painful
at the chemotherapy clinic he bonds with the crusty
older cancer patients Alan ( Philip Baker Hall) and Mitch (Matt Frewer), who supply him with cookies filled with
weed and also provide good company by keeping up his
spirits. Unfortunately Rachael is overwhelmed and
can't commit to helping her dependent boyfriend, but
doesn't want to abandon the decent Adam even if
she's not up to caring for him--so she stays on, but
cheats on him with other men. While Adam's mom () wants to take care of
him full time, just like she cares for his severely
dementia-ridden father, but he rejects her
smothering love and chooses not answering her calls.
Adam's 24-year-old inexperienced hospital therapist Katherine (Anna Kendrick) almost
loses him with her awkward professional ways, by
accident they bond
outside the workplace and become romantically linked.
Gordon-Levitt makes a good stand-in for the writer, as someone you care about; while Rogen plays his usual signature role and hits all the right spots giving the pic the comedy moments it needed so it wouldn't slide into sentimentality.
REVIEWED ON 10/3/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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