4 out of 4 Movie Beans
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anjelica Huston
When Adam (Gordon-Levitt) finds out that he has cancer, he can’t wrap his head around the idea. He is a healthy person, he doesn’t drink or smoke, and he goes for jogs regularly. Also, he is only twenty-seven years old. This just doesn’t happen to people like him. While going through rounds of chemo his best friend Kyle (Rogen), tries to keep his life as normal as possible, keeping the humour alive. Adam’s girlfriend has said she will be supportive but never seems to be there when he needs her, while his mother (Huston) is there altogether too much. Adam has a lot to face, the hardest thing being that he may not make it through this.
This was an incredibly well done film. The trailer and labeling it a ‘cancer comedy’ is misleading, offending a lot of cancer survivors. Before you get offended, know it was written by a friend of Seth Rogen’s, Will Reiser, who went through the experience a few years ago. Rogen insisted it would make a great movie, encouraging him to put it all down on paper. Essentially Rogen is playing a version of himself, so that was not a hard stretch for him. The rest of the performances were touching, funny and right on the mark. When you have a cast that includes Anjelica Huston, it is what you expect. Bryce Dallas Howard, fresh off her fantastic performance in “The Help”, steps into that ‘girl we love to hate’ role again, nailing it. The way that the script was written was funny but still respectful, which is essential when you are dealing with a disease that has affected everyone’s lives in one way or another. I wouldn’t be surprised if this makes it into the Oscar race. Great movie.
Special Movie Bean Salute: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fantastic performance without which the movie could have gone the other way.
This film opens in Ottawa theatres September 30th, check Cinemaclock – Ottawa for local showtimes.
Jennifer ‘Jennybean’ Barnes
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