2011, Jonathan Levine -- download
I was interested in seeing Seth Rogen challenged to do a role where he needed some concern & seriousness along with his usual levity. His character Kyle is the jerk friend, the friend we all have that annoys the fuck out of us but time forces us to retain. Also, we usually see some element of charm in them. But when forced to confront the impending possible death of his friend, and the very real bad months coming with chemo and its side effects, Kyle straightens out... just enough. It was very touching to see a friend be a real friend by retaining the jerk attitude when needed but also being very very affected behind the scenes. Not surprising as the script was loosely based on the experiences of Seth Rogen's real life friend Will Reiser.
Small movies, and can you really call them indie anymore (??), shine through in the focused dialogue and the well chosen cast. Bryce Dallas Howard is the girlfriend who just cannot quite support her boyfriend. We hate her, through Kyle, for doing it but see ourselves in her. Could we support someone through all the pain, lethargy and visible illness? Anjelica Huston is the overbearing mother whom he can no longer avoid or put off -- this time her desire to just take care of her son, as if he still a little boy, is warranted, if still typically heavy handed. And the small supporting roles of Phillip Baker Hall and Matt Frewer were just perfectly noted. Everything was handled nice and low key. And nice movies are nice to watch.