Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 8.0/10 (64,088 voted)
Critic's Score: 72/100
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Philip Baker Hall
Sugar Lyn Beard
Yee Jee Tso
Jessica Parker Kennedy
It takes a pair to beat the odds
Release Date: 30 September 2011
Filming Locations: Seattle, Washington, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,644,095
(2 October 2011)
(18 December 2011)
Did You Know?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually shaved his head during filming. Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen were improvising in character while the cameras kept rolling since the scene was not in the script.
During Adam's surgery, there is a shot of Kyle standing outside the hospital. In the background, two hospital employees can be seen smoking immediately outside the door to the hospital. In Washington State, where the movie is supposed to take place, it is illegal to smoke within 25 feet of the entrance to any public building or place of employment.
What were you doing when I called? Were you on facebook?
You know… umm… stalking my ex-boyfriend actually isn't the only thing I do in my free time.
I wish you were my girlfriend.
Girlfriends can be nice. You just had a bad one.
I bet you'd be a good one.
this movie gets it
As someone who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago (non-small cell
lung cancer–and a nonsmoker to boot!) I've been through the gantlet,
from 4 different kinds of chemo, several surgeries, and a wide variety
of medical care from indifferent to deeply caring. So, trust me when I
tell you, that this movie gets it.
It gets what it is like to receive a horrific diagnosis out of the
blue, the numbness and shock of dealing with it, the well meaning
friends and acquaintances who say the stupidest things ("every time I
feel sorry for myself, I just think of you…"), and those friends who
really become your rock as you go through the miasma of treatment and
try to still make your life have meaning. Again, this movie gets it.
Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen deserve high praise for the honesty
that they bring to their performances. There was not a false note
anywhere. The rest of the cast is terrific as well. I plan to see it
again when it is released in a month.
This is a quiet film but it packs a great deal of power. I thought the
humor was wonderfully placed, because without humor, life with cancer
is unbearable. As too many folks know so well. Go see it and be
entertained and learn a bit and rejoice in life even with cancer.