Joseph-Gordon Levitt is a writer for public radio in his late twenties whose life is turned upside down by a diagnosis of a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his friends, family, and therapist at a cancer center, he sets out to beat the disease.
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It's a nice tearjerker. Gordon-Levitt portrays one of the sweetest young man roles I've ever seen up on the big screen. He was so kind, thoughtful, unassuming, so cute, so endearing, so polite (like when he "interrupts" the doctor, & asks about the results of his exams). Levitt's so focused and I loved Kendrick's performance as well, her "Okay" (I think it was her first line) made me sigh. It was standard but good.
Pretty solid. Narratively the progression of Levitt's condition felt a little clunky but when the film hits it really hits on the target mostly thanks to Levitt's performance. Most people seemed bothered by Seth Rogen's presence but unlike his other films this one felt pretty critical of his usual character. Others complain about Kendrick but for me she was never an issue. Worth seeing.
Why don't 3.5s exist again? Ugh. Angelica Huston almost steals the show. Levitt is fine, Kendrick is solid, Rogen is okay. Nothing quite interesting in the script aside its characters. It's entertaining, if kind of forgettable. The heart of the piece saves me from giving it a 3. It's a 4/5, but barely.
littered with cliches and more than a whiff of misogyny, whatever cred 50/50 had as a sentiment-free, "anti-cancer movie" is quickly eroded as you realize every beat of the story is telegraphed in giant, boldfaced type. dudes learn to be affectionate to each other. cancer guy gets quirky, understanding girl & reconnects with his mom. all is well. all is boring.
Millennial masculinity represented as if from the post-adolescent 'Superbad' frame with the added catalyst of a life-threatening condition. Two friends of questionable maturity are thrust into facing the reality of mortality whilst contending with the mundane in-between. Comedy drama territory akin to 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Crazy Stupid Love'; which still holds up on repeat viewing. Definitely above average.