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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.

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Jonathan Levine

Writer:

Will Reiser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Adam
Seth Rogen ... Kyle
Anna Kendrick ... Katherine
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Rachael
Anjelica Huston ... Diane
Serge Houde ... Richard - Alzheimer Dad
Andrew Airlie ... Dr. Ross
Matt Frewer ... Mitch
Philip Baker Hall ... Alan
Donna Yamamoto ... Dr. Walderson
Sugar Lyn Beard ... Susan
Yee Jee Tso ... Dr. Lee
Sarah Smyth ... Jenny
Peter Kelamis ... Phil
Jessica Parker Kennedy ... Jackie
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Storyline

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. Written by Calikeane

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It takes a pair to beat the odds

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Cancer Comedy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,644,095, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$35,014,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,187,783
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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James McAvoy was cast as Adam, but had to drop out due to personal conflicts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt replaced him after being called by Seth Rogen less than a week before shooting was scheduled to start. He accepted the role just two days before. See more »

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When Adam and Kyle destroy Rachael's painting it goes from being clearly torn apart by both an ax and knives in one shot to being whole again when they try to set it on fire. See more »

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Adam: I want this to be over. I'm so fucking tired of being sick... if this surgery doesn't work, that's it -
[crying]
Adam: I've never been to fucking Canada or told a girl I love her... it sounds stupid.
Katherine: No. It doesn't.
Adam: I'm sorry I was such an asshole.
Katherine: I was the asshole. I was so totally unprepared for you. This job is really hard. If I fuck up, I could ruin someone's whole life.
Adam: I guess we're both beginners at this.
Katherine: [smiles] Yeah.
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High and Dry
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Edward Yorke), Ed O'Brien (as Edward John O'Brien), Colin Greenwood (as Colin Charles Greenwood), Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood), Phil Selway (as Philip James Selway)
Performed by Radiohead
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A Great Film
14 March 2011 | by CunnilingilatorSee all my reviews

Just saw this at an Advanced Screening 2 hours ago in Huntington Beach

This film doesn't have a title nailed down yet. It used to be called I'm with Cancer but IMDb has it listed as Live With It. The title we were shown in the film and the title that was on the invite was Get Well Soon. They asked us our opinion of the titles (Also include was the title Bright Side) but no one really liked any of the titles. So for the sake of confusion I'll call it Get Well Soon.

Get Well Soon is the very believable story of Adam, a 27 year old nice guy who waits at cross walks at 5:30 in the morning when nobody is on the road and other joggers have already trotted past. Adam writes stories for radio programs and seems to genuinely care about the stories and the people who are listening to them. After persistent back pain, Adam goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with Cancer. He is assigned Katherine, a doctorate student who is getting experience for her dissertation, to talk to about his new problems.

This film will immediately draw comparisons to 2009's Funny People which unfortunately can't be ignored. But fortunately, aside from the fact the main character is diagnosed with a terminal illness, this is a completely different film. Where Funny People had a lack of connection with its main character, due to Adam Sandler being a prick to everyone and being rich on top of that, Get Well Soon's Joseph Gordon Levitt is the everyman that everyone can relate to. He does a fantastic job expressing the feelings of calm fortitude as well as isolation. You can see it in his face. It's the little things that make a film feel authentic. Levitt's performance is heart breaking and uplifting at the same time. He maintains a steady calm for most of the film that just feels real. You know this is a dark comedy when there is a Patrick Swayze joke in the first 20 minutes of the movie. I'm not sure if that one's gonna stay in the final cut though lol. This film is very funny throughout. All of the people in the after film focus group said it maintained a perfect balance of comedy and dramatics. I saw Love and Other Drugs and liked it but this film is much more streamlined and has no extraneous scenes.

Seth Rogen is absolutely hilarious. I'll be the first to get my opinion out that Rogen is great in everything he's in but he really killed it again. Weed smoking is given a fantastic treatment by this film, like director Jonathon Levine's previous work the very amusing The Wackness. There are two scenes that are a creative and effective way to show the effects of marijuana. I love the way they shot a conversation between Adam, Rogen and two of Adam's older cancer friends. Anna Kendrick plays a similar role to the one she played in Up in the Air. She does a great job in this too. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Adam's girlfriend and Angelica Huston is his over bearing mother.

I rated this film an "Excellent" which is the highest possible rating and which 18 of the 30 people who stayed after agreed with. 11 said "Very Good" and 1 said "Good." I really enjoyed the film. It didn't really do anything wrong. It might have a bit too much profanity for the older crowd but its central story is so appealing. On that note actually, there were several people who said they would not have come to the screening if they knew full well that it was about cancer. I feel that is so extremely narrow minded that no one should even admit that to a group of people. Please if you are on the fence and "don't want to go to a depressing movie" get over it and see a fantastic, hilarious film in Get Well Soon.


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