by Steve Farace
For starters, this movie has a bit of everything. It has the sadness and tears you would expect from a movie that involves cancer. It has comedy at just the right moments and the ups and downs of a giant roller coaster. I don’t know what it is like to have cancer, but I know what it is like to have someone close to you have cancer. It is a very difficult time and you don’t know exactly what to do or what to say from one minute to the next. The story here is great and Joseph Gorden-Levitt does a great job in his role. Seth Rogen is his best friend and is always trying to find the humorous side of his friends situation. From helping him shave his head to using his disease as a way to pick up girls.
As many reviews have pointed out, this is not a comedy. This is the story of a cancer patient and what he must go through. While there are funny parts that are shown in the trailer, I must stress again that this is not a comedy. There are points where your eyes will fill up with tears (especially if you have been effected by cancer at one point or another) and there are points where your heart breaks for Joseph’s character. You will be taken for a ride with him through his trials and tribulations of his chemotherapy to his usages of medicinal marijuana.
I went into this movie thinking that it would be good and I was not disappointed. I would encourage you to see it and be prepared to feel a wide range of emotions through out the 1 hour and 40 minutes that you are in the theater.
Final Word – 3 1/2 Stars