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Awesome scene

Have you seen this movie? Don’t judge it by having Seth Rogan on the cover. Yes, Seth Rogan plays a big role in this movie. Yes, he plays Seth Rogan, the buddy who does these crazy antics and wants to “get laid” and “get wasted”. But there is a purpose to his actions, which you find out at the end of the movie.

The basic premise of the movie is that Adam, played by Jason Gordon Levitt (who is an AMAZING actor), is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer at age 27. He immediately starts chemo to hopefully beat the 50/50 odds of surviving the cancer. During this time his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) has been supportive, but the support slowly starts to diminish the longer Adam is sick.

Therapy session

During the sessions of chemo Adam befriends two other guys, Alan and Mitch, who become his mentor in cancer, life, and love. Also during this time Adam starts to see a therapist, Katherine (Anna Kendrick) who is very inexperienced at therapy, in fact Adam is only her third patient. She tries to reach him, but in truth he’s very resistant to therapy.

Kyle (Seth Rogan), finds out Rachael is cheating on Adam, and presents the evidence to him. Adam promptly breaks up with her and tries to do the dating thing, but that doesn’t really work out. Adam’s mom is bugging him and keeps trying to take care of him, but he wants nothing to do with her. Katherine ends up showing Adam that his mom is being pushed out, so maybe he needs to cut her some slack.

Skeletor the dog 🙂

Adam gets some bad news in that the therapy is not working. His only possible chance at survival is a very risky surgery. In this decision he not only has to decide his own fate, but he also gains much insight into his life and the lives around him. Kyle hasn’t been a dick this whole time, he’s just been over compensating as he’s scared. His mom just wants to have someone to talk to. His therapist may be more than what she may be on the surface.

I honestly really liked this movie as it seemed pretty realistic. Yes, there were a lot of “bro movie” aspects to it, but the emotional relationships that are built in this group seemed very real.

I give the movie a 9 out of 10.


About yogi126

I am a Jewish woman living in Baltimore. My husband and I enjoy movies a LOT. So, I thought I'd share our knowledge of movies, food, and life in general.

One response »

  1. rasputinaesque

    I read that the film is based on Seth Rogen’s real-life friend, Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with spinal cancer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt agreed to play the lead just a week before shooting began after James McAvoy had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. Just some useless trivia. Nice review.


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