- Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston, Marie Avgeropoulos, Julia Benson, Lauren Miller, Phillip Baker Hall
- Director: Jonathan Levine
- Writer: Will Reiser
- Producer: Evan Goldberg
- Co Producer: Tendo Nagenda
- Associate Producers: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, James Weaver
- Executive Producers: Nathan Kahane, Ryan Kavanaugh, Will Reiser
- Art Direction: Ross Dempster
- Casting: Sandra-Ken Freeman
- Costume Design: Carla Hetland
- D.O.P.: Terry Stacey
- Editor: Zene Baker
- Makeup: Monica Huppert
- Music: Michael Giacchino
- Production Design: Annie Spitz
- Set Decoration: Shane Vieau
25 year old Adam Schwartz (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) lives a nice and simple life. He has a beautiful girlfriend named Rachel (Bryce Dallas Howard) and works at a museum with his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) who complicates his life in annoying but humorous ways.
However, he is soon diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Considering his young age and healthy lifestyle, Adam has a hard time believing this is happening to him. With no other choice, he decides to start chemotherapy and fight for his life. He breaks the news to his parents, friends and Rachel, who all support him.
To get his mind off of things, Adam begins seeing Katie (Anna Kendrick) a cute 26 year old medical student who is helping him cope with the psychological side effects of chemo. As time goes on and his vitality and health slowly fade, Adam comes to terms with his life and illness. While fighting the cancer he begins to appreciate what he has in life, especially the things he took for granted before his battle.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Vancouver, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Language throughout, sexual content and some drug use
- Production Budget: $8 million
- Production Companies: Mandate Picture, Point Gray
- Production Schedule: 22 February 2010 - 31 March 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Big success at Sundance doesn't always translate into real world success. After impressing with "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" in 2006, filmmaker Jonathan Levine scored great notices at the festival in 2008 with "The Wackness" which won the audience award and scored a Grand Jury Prize nomination.
Six months later upon its release, general critical reaction was less rosy while the film itself grossed just $2 million - one third of its production budget. Despite that disappointment, Levine remains a director to watch and so it's no surprise that Summit Entertainment quickly picked up his next feature for distribution, even with its potentially controversial subject matter.
Will Reiser's Black List Top 10 script was originally titled "I'm With Cancer", and right now this one's officially still untitled though "Live With It" seems to be the moniker attached at this point. The casting is great with Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick and Angelica Huston. Joseph Gordon-Levitt replaced the great James McAvoy in the lead role, though the "Inception" actor actually seems a better fit for the material in this case.
On the surface it sounds akin to Judd Apatow's disappointing "Funny People", the biggest difference being this has an empathetic likeable lead instead of a rich arrogant Adam Sandler-esque prick. Early screening reviews were strong, claiming it balances drama and comedy better than most films of this ilk (eg. "Love and Other Drugs"). Performances were praised as well, however the film is still being worked on as it wasn't ready in time for a bow at this year's Sundance."