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50/50 (2011)50/50 (2011)

50/50 (2011)

Cancer comedy that is funny, surprisingly subtle, and not afraid of “going there”.

Comedy, Drama

9.0

movie

United States of America

English

A-list actors, Challenging, Dramatic

2011

Jonathan Levine

Amitai Marmorstein, Andrea Brooks, Andrew Airlie

100 min

Synopsis

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Our Take

9.0
Tros Garner

It might seem like a no-brainer that trying to make a comedy movie featuring a character with cancer is not a great idea. And while there may be a good share of failed attempts in that category, 50/50 is not one of them. And then it might come as a surprise that this subtle attempt at cancer comedy comes courtesy of Superbad creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It also stars indie cutie Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young and fit Adam Lerner, who works as a writer for public radio before learning that he has malignant tumors all along his spine. Between his overbearing mum (Anjelica Huston), slightly obnoxious but good-hearted bestie (Seth Rogen), self-help groups, and his therapist (played by Anna Kendrick), he struggles to find a way of acquiescing to his 50/50 chance of survival. Similarly, 50/50 strikes a delicate balance between the bromance gags, the date-movie elements, and the grave subject matter at its heart. It manages to mine humor, pathos, and simple honesty from a dark situation, and is not afraid to “go there”. The result is truly compassionate comedy.

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naufalr

The only comedy film out there that can almost make me cry.

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