It's a comedy that talks about cancer, but not a "Cancer Comedy"
I just finished watching this movie, and normally I don't cry during movies (books make me cry more, for some reason) but this one made me, and my mom, cry. Maybe because it's relatable as we've had relatives with cancer, but I digress. The messages in the movie like overcoming adversity may be cliche by themselves, but they way they are presented are not. The main character, while sympathetic, is not presented as the perfect guy we should all pity on, but rather a real human being that is a victim of tragic circumstance. Other characters aren't as positive role models though; the girlfriend cheats on him, the best friend is pretty selfish, and the mom is kind of wackadoo. The movie isn't really violent except for a verbal lashing out between the best friend and soon-to-be ex-girlfriend and at one point when Adam breaks into hysteria and begins to drive the car recklessly (he can't drive) and pound on the steering wheel. At the beginning of the movie, there is a fair bit of sex talk (as in, how to get it) and when Adam does get with a girl after breaking up, there is a sex scene, but I didn't see these breasts that people are saying are visible. Maybe the DVD I watched was edited or I blinked or whatever, but anyway. (I actually took a look back, and I only saw the silhouette of one, and saying that the actual breast was visible on screen is misleading.) The one scene wasn't that bad and did not last for very long. There is a fair bit of language in this movie, but I didn't expect any different from an R-rated Seth Rogen film. Also, there is a bit of product placement in this movie like Toyota and The Colbert Report, but it's not overt and doesn't distract from the overall film. There is drug use, but come on, it's a film that has someone dealing with cancer. Most of the time the drugs are for medicinal use, except for Kyle, but again, not surprising coming from Seth Rogen. Overall, this is a movie that (like The Fault in Our Stars that I reviewed also) doesn't go for the easy way out for telling a story about cancer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was phenomenal in this movie and I highly recommend it to teens who think the only kind of movies Rogen can make are stoner comedies.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking