Plot: A twentysomething man deals with the stress of fighting cancer with the help of his best friend.
Studio: Summit Entertainment.
Gore: None to speak of.
Language: C’mon, it’s a Seth Rogen flick. Does anyone really believe that a few or 50 F-bombs aren’t going to make it into this movie? And of course there’s graphic sex talk and every other profanity that you can think of.
Sexual content: One scene of actual sex with bouncing breasts and the requisite sounds. And the main character uses his illness to get laid.
Substance abuse: Characters eat marijuana-laced macaroons (Seriously!) to deal with the effects of chemotherapy. At other times the weed is smoked, but not purely for medical purposes.
Recommendation: Given the subject matter this is one of those context films. It’s a realistic look at how someone might deal with cancer. The R rating is well deserved, but consider the content in context. I’d allow my 16-year-old to see it.
For the record: Two other films, Dream House and What’s Your Number?, open this week. Dream House wasn’t screened for Cleveland-area critics (never a good sign) and scheduling conflicts kept me from seeing What’s Your Number. They are rated PG-13 and R respectively.
I am the father of two boys, ages 16 and 7. My recommendations are based on their maturity level. I realize this is subjective and recognize that some parents are stricter and others less so. Please take this into consideration and look at content details under each category.