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Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

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4.5

Grae Drake Profile

Buy one ticket and thank me in the morning. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Every performance in the film is flawless.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The best parts are the in-between ones, neither laugh-out-loud funny nor overtly heart-wrenching.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Reiser has written his characters with an indelible sweetness and vulnerability, which allows the cast to deliver performances with some depth.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The result is a duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 17+

Cancer patient questions his life in mature dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fact-based dramedy (co-star Seth Rogen's real-life friend, Will Reiser, wrote the movie based on his own experiences) tackles some pretty heavy themes -- particularly the idea of facing the specter of death before the age of 30 -- that could overwhelm young teens attracted by the film's stars: Rogen and (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Expect plenty of strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," and more) and some sexually charged talk and scenes (including partial female nudity), plus drug use (both medicinal and recreational).

  • Families can talk about how the film deals with the subject matter of chronic illness -- in this case, cancer. Is Adam's reaction believable? Does it seem at all exaggerated?

  • Did you notice any sexism or stereotypes in the movie? How do the women in this movie compare to those in other Seth Rogen movies? Is this movie more or less crude than Rogen's other films? Do you think that has something to do with the subject matter?

  • The movie is based on the writer's own experiences. How true to life do you think it actually is? Why do writers/filmmakers sometimes change facts when they're making movies?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie's main message is that adversity need not break you; cliched as it may sound, it can make you confront yourself and those around you as you seek a more fulfilling (and healthier in more ways than one) life.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Adam is resilient in the face of a shocking, scary diagnosis. Despite this, he's able to care for others (though he does have blind spots) and be generous with his time and friendship. And he finally learns to value himself and embrace life as he faces the possibility of death. His friends and counselor also learn from being around him. Women portrayed stereotypically.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A guy curses out a woman and calls her derogatory names in front of someone else. Other examples of strong anger directed at a female character.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A man and a woman are shown having sex (breasts are visible, but genitals are not). Frank discussions between two men about how to hit on women and get them to have sex with them. A woman is caught kissing a man who's not her boyfriend.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c--t," "c--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "ass," "motherf--ker," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some name-dropping and labels on display, including iPod, The View, Jeep, Dwell magazine, Facebook, Toyota, Rite Aid, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking. Medicinal and recreational drug use. Bongs are visible; weed-laced brownies are shared.

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