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Cancer in the movies

28 Nov 2011 14:59

50/50 is a new comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis. But can such an emotive and sensitive subject be funny?

Cancer is usually the subject of Hollywood weepies, but in recent years the illness has been embraced by comedies on the big and small screen, with US shows The Big C and Breaking Bad.

New film 50/50 is a fictionalised version of what really happened to screenwriter Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with a tumour on his spine when he was 25. You can see a trailer and find out more on the official website

The film is currently playing in cinemas around the UK. Have you seen it or are you planning to go and see it sometime soon?

Re: Cancer in the movies

28 Nov 2011 19:06 in response to Moderator Sarah

To be honest although when diagnosed I used to have my moments where we saw the funny side of life and there were lots of laughs as well as tears it is not something I would want to go and see on a cinema for entertainment. I remember seeing the Big C advertised on t.v. but did not want to watch it either.  Maybe it is too personal when you have gone through it yourself or maybe I am a bit over sensitive and others would feel they wanted to see it.

Bubbles.xx

Re: Cancer in the movies

28 Nov 2011 19:54 in response to Moderator Sarah

Hi

My humour is what has seen me through the last (and probably my darkest) year, I will try and turn anything round so I can smile about it, my bangers (and lack of) have never been so frequently discussed before, but I think that is my way of coping with it.  Going to the movies to watch it - I don't think so!!!!  Going through it once was bad enough.

Mind you have you watched Corrie recently, Sally had breast cancer (in real life and on screen) and it was handled wonderfully, now Cheryl's hubby has a brain tumour and went off for radio therapy, well blow me, one session and the next day he was bald and totally done in, he even looked knackered, a few weeks later hey ho the tumour had shrunk and he was cured - what a load of mince!!!  radio doesn't even knacker you from session one does it, far less make you bald - this type of programme does nothing for us, their researchers should be ashamed, lack of homework I think.

Just my opinion

S x

Re: Cancer in the movies

28 Nov 2011 23:10 in response to Moderator Sarah

Hi Sarah,

Yes, 50/50 is definitely on my list of 'must see' movies this year.

I watched a recent interview with Will Reiser and he is such an interesting guy. Personally I love that they've included the humour part - for me, and my family, it's an essential coping tool.

Have you seen it yet Sarah, and if not, are you intending to?

Dizzie x

Re: Cancer in the movies

29 Nov 2011 09:43 in response to Moderator Sarah

Thank you for starting 'hot topics'...what a good idea to get us discussing things not directly related to our problems

Not sure if I'll see this one but it does sound quite good...

I think cancer rarely fictionalised realistically because the reality is not all that pretty a lot of the time. There's lots of opportunity for  humour and heart warming though. I enjoyed Bucket List because although it was a definitely fictional set up it confronted the idea that you'll probably never get to do all the special things you hoped you could...and that that's not what matters! Made me laugh and cry...

But soaps and series where cancer is an incidental plot line can do more for confusion than awareness...there was a silly CSI a while back where brain tumour patients were taking 'meds' at home which made them well enough to lead normal lives, full time jobs and all but when the wicked criminals substituted fake pills these folks just keeled over and died within a couple of days because their illnesses were actually very advanced. Nice idea...can we get those on the NHS please?

Angelinthemaking

Re: Cancer in the movies

29 Nov 2011 10:40 in response to Dizzie

Dizzie wrote:

Hi Sarah,

Yes, 50/50 is definitely on my list of 'must see' movies this year.

I watched a recent interview with Will Reiser and he is such an interesting guy. Personally I love that they've included the humour part - for me, and my family, it's an essential coping tool.

Have you seen it yet Sarah, and if not, are you intending to?

Dizzie x

Hi Dizzie

No I haven't seen it but it does sound very good. I don't get a lot of time to visit the cinema and knowing me by the time I get around to it I will have missed it! Would definitely watch it on DVD though

Sarah

Re: Cancer in the movies

29 Nov 2011 10:43 in response to angelinthemaking

angelinthemaking wrote:

Thank you for starting 'hot topics'...what a good idea to get us discussing things not directly related to our problems

Angelinthemaking

Hi Angel, glad you're enjoying the Hot Topics. We're always on the look out for interesting stuff to talk about and its good to see people having their say on here

Sarah

Re: Cancer in the movies

29 Nov 2011 11:34 in response to Moderator Sarah

Cancer can never be funny, however my partner and I virtually giggled our way through treatment. We even had a puppet who used to join us on Chemo days! If you get the chance go on to BBC Play Again and look at episode one of Life's too Short and just see how they handled Liam Neeson wanting to become a comedian doing jokes about aids and cancer. I couldn't breath with laughter. It can be done. 50/50 is a film that has past my film radar but might just try and catch the video.

Re: Cancer in the movies

29 Nov 2011 17:19 in response to RunningDrums

I can see that there is humour to be found, god knows my wfie Tracey and I found some ourselves during her battle, but that was between the two of us. I cannot see myself watching a comedy film or a series though, is a bit to soon after her death and a bit to close to home for me. My choice though, someone else might want to choose differently. Its a difficult subject but I would not want film makers to avoid it.

Regards

Barney