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4 Movies That Get Down With The Sickness

4 Movies That Get Down With The Sickness

Both Bethany and I are feeling too terrible to record an episode this week. You can go listen to old ones here. Unfortunate, I know, but come on, we're human. So, instead of that, I thought I’d give you my list of 4 of the best movies featuring sickness or sick people. Keep in mind, I did absolutely no research in preparation for this list.

Please, while you watch these, think of us being miserable and trying to muster up the energy to talk about Kenneth Branagh's hilarious mustache in the Murder on the Orient Express trailer. Yet, every time we try, our bodies fail us.


1. The Big Sick


It’s right there in the title folks. Boy meets girl, boy breaks up with girl because of cultural norms/traditions, girl falls into medically induced coma, a classic love story.

Truthfully, this movie is hilarious when it should be, sad when it isn’t, and one of the best comedies of the last decade (yeah, that's right).

So if you're holding off on seeing this one cause you're a bro who don't bro down with no chick filck romantic comedy, reconsider, because you'll be sorry if you go too long without seeing it.

The Big Sick - an Amazon Original Movie
Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher


2. 50/50

Another solid dram-edy (drama/comedy) that came out in the last 10 years. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a healthy 20-something who inexplicably ends up with a series of tumors along his spine.

The movie centers around him and his family dealing with the news and reality of his situation in a very realistic and unexaggerated way. There's more drama than comedy in this one, to be sure, but there are some great moments, especially with his best friend, Seth Rogen, who can not handle it.

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Huston


3. I Am Legend

What Bethany and I consider to be an underrated movie, this one takes sickness to a new level.

Will Smith plays a lone scientist in an abandoned New York City who is seemingly the last man on Earth and desperately trying to cure a mystery disease that has turned nearly everyone into a primal, screaming zombie-monster.

A new take on zombies based on a book by the same name, this movie is an emotional, sometimes funny, quiet and compelling movie.

A lot of people brush this movie off because of the ending or they were expecting something else, but I promise you, this is a solid movie.

I Am Legend
Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith


4. Up

Now, this isn't necessarily ABOUT sickness, but I think it is more about it than you think.

Everyone knows the emotional beginning of this movie. A man meets his soulmate and the go through their happy life, always saving and fantasizing about their dream to move to the top of a mountain discovered by their favorite childhood adventurer.

In their old age, she falls ill and tragically dies. This and other events launch him and a small child into the adventure he and his wife had been dreaming of.

Every single thing that happens in this movie stems from the loss of the only person he cared about. Ultimately, that is the biggest impact sickness can have on anybody's life.

Starring Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo

Wow, that last one was depressing… well, have a good weekend, everybody!!

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