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2011 Sundance Predictions: Jonathan Levine’s Live with It

I’m mentioning Jonathan Levine’s Live With It only because he has been to the festival with his previous picture (The Wackness) and the fact that it would play extremely well at the festival. The situation is different this time out with his third film, as Summit Ent. picked up the rights during production, so it therefore becomes a question if the distributor wants to push this Black List dramedy prior to The Beaver.

#25. Live with It – Jonathan Levine

I’m mentioning Jonathan Levine’s Live With It only because he has been to the festival with his previous picture (The Wackness) and the fact that it would play extremely well at the festival. The situation is different this time out with his third film, as Summit Ent. picked up the rights during production, so it therefore becomes a question if the distributor wants to push this Black List dramedy prior to The Beaver. My impressions are: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is well-liked by the fest and they could easily grab the most media attention of all festival titles presented there if they launch this as a world premiere screening in the Premieres section. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Huston star.

Based on the autobiographical spec (“I’m With Cancer”) written by Will Reiser, Gordon-Levitt plays a 25-year-old who learns he has a rare form of terminal cancer. His family and friends – from girl-crazy best buddy Kyle (Rogen), to insecure girlfriend Rachael (Howard) and overbearing but loving mom (Huston) – attempt to help him through this process in the best way they know how…which is reflected in some of the most hilarious and bizarre ways ever. It’s about two men dealing with “friendship, love, and survival – in no particular order.”

* Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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