But putting that aside, there's a lot to be said about the movie itself.
One, I will always have an ongoing love affair with Joseph Gordon Levitt. Duh. Not only for his half-dashing, half-awkward personality; but also, for his honest acting. Most of the movie didn't make me cry...maybe because I had been there, done that? The shots of the treatment room, hospital corridors and talks in doctors offices were old ghosts that have since stopped haunting me.
But the part that made me break dowwwwwn was Joseph's acting. I couldn't keep it in. He has that rawness about him that pierces your guts with a crossbow of truth. Joseph often takes roles that showcases the most heartbreaking moments in life--for this I applaud him.
And the script was great. Not overly mushy, but completely telling of what it's like to deal with cancer. One of my favorite lines was Joseph explaining to his therapist, "It's just bullshit. It's what everyone's been saying from the beginning, like, 'Oh well you'll feel better, don't worry and this will be fine,' and it's not."
Yes. The screenwriter, he gets it. He gets what it's like to either have cancer, or have a family member who has cancer. Because people do say that, like saying something so incredibly draining, sad and morose is "fine" will make it fine. It's NOT. Dealing with a major illness can be the most trying, painful thing a family can go through, and it's not always fine.
Of course, I'm zealous about realistic movies, so I won't blabber on about that. This movie is not for everyone. Furthermore, I have no need to watch it again. Once was enough, and it's certainly not even in my Top 20 favorite movies.
However, if you're looking for an honest, and sometimes humorous portrayal of the challenges and pain of cancer--this is your flick.