Beat It Michael Jackson
Release date: 25 November 2011
Running time: 100 mins
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston
At 27, Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has a great job and a talented, attractive girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard). But Adam's just been told he has a rare form of cancer. The doctor puts his chances at 50/50 - which, as his oafish buddy Lyle (Seth Rogan) points out, is better odds than you'll get in any casino.
So now Adam has to embark on a journey that no young man should have to take as he enters the world of counselling sessions and chemotherapy clinics. Kyle, meanwhile, sees an opportunity to score medicinal marijuana and play on girls' sympathy.
And Adam's overbearing mother (Anjelica Huston) gets swept up in the drama of the situation. Inspired by his own brush with cancer, writer Will Reiser's truthful and unexpectedly hilarious comedy underlines the therapeutic properties of laughter!
Screenplay: Will Reiser Distributor: Lionsgate
You should see it because: This wry, touching comedy finds laugh-out-loud humour in the most unlikely of places.
See it if you liked: Funny People (2009), Love and Other Drugs (2010), A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)