In 2008, Jonathan Levine released The Wackness, a pot-smoking coming of age movie that hit all the right notes, blending 90s nostalgia with delicate heartbreak. I still wake up some mornings with a heavy heart and the the image of Josh Peck staring back out of the elevator in the film’s final scene.
Levine is following it up, somewhat appropriately given the marijuana connection, with 50/50, a cancer comedy based on the life of Will Reiser. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in the Will Reiser role, and Seth Rogen (once again attempting to act) and Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air). Bryce Dallas Howard and Angelica Huston round out the cast. The trailer suggest it has the transformative potential as The Wackness, and it’s a film for which I’m rooting.
Given its release date — September 30th — it may even be a dark horse for Oscar consideration.