50/50 (2011)

50/50 (2011)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick


Adam is a methodical twenty-seven year old writer of radio programs that lives together with his girlfriend Rachael that is a painter. His best friend is Kyle that does not like Rachael and Adam is estranged of his overprotective mother Diane, who takes care of her husband Richard that has Alzheimer. When Adam feels a pain on his back, he goes to the doctor and is diagnosed of spinal cancer. He researches in Internet and he sees that his odds are 50% of healing. He goes to chemotherapy and is helped by the twenty-four year-old therapist Katherine. Along the treatment, Adam finds more about the feelings of Rachael, Katherine and Kyle and he realizes how much his mother loves him.


  • 50/50 is fantastic movie with a very well written storyline with a great cast that are very good at being both funny and emotional.The movie is at times very emotional and also at times very funny,it was definitely a perfect blend,most of the comedy in this came from Seth Rogen’s character,he was definitely the comic relief and even at the most serious times his character was able to make me laugh.Joseph Gordon Levitt delivers a very impressive performance,without a doubt one of his finest,he really got in to his character.I would recommend 50/50 to anyone looking for a comedy,but as long as you expect drama and not just laughter from start to finish.

  • The problem with this film is that it starts quite badly. The comedy is a little mis-firing and I felt the tone was a bit off. I liked the run up to the main story but it sometimes felt a little forced and just..off.
    But, once the film gets into it’s stride it is marvelous. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets better and better as the film progresses and what starts off as a somewhat awkward performance grows into a rather fine portrayal of a young man dealing with life threatening illness. Anna Kendrick puts in an excellent turn as a bumbling trainee counselor and helps to push the film to a satisfying conclusion. Seth Rogan is… Seth Rogan, as ever and he provides light – if somewhat crude – relief from the subject matter. But he seriously needs to expand his acting repertoire.

    Overall, this is a well made and quite emotional film. It’s certainly worth seeing.

  • Inspired by a true story, just like probably any other film out there who tries to use this marketing gimmick, 50/50 is indeed true to a large extent. Based on the life experiences of Will Reiser, who wrote the screenplay for the film, 50/50 is a light-hearted look at a serious issue – cancer.

    In the film, Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 27-year old writer for a radio programme is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He checks the Internet to find out that he has a 50-50 chance of surviving. His good buddy, Kyle (Seth Rogen), jokes that in a casino game, he would have the best odds.

    Such is the comical treatment of cancer in this film that any skeptic would believe it is an insult to those suffering from the unspeakable illness. Yet, and it is a very big yet, the film remains to be the kind of picture that should be required viewing for everyone, especially for cancer patients because it so brilliantly and simply illuminates hope.

    Director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 2008) has made a film that is no doubt one of the best of the year, a film that manages to be laugh-out loud hilarious and emotionally overwhelming at the same time.

    Gordon-Levitt gives his strongest performance of his career thus far. He effectively gives a nuanced display of a young man who accepts his condition as he is supported with varying degrees by his worrisome mother (Anjelica Huston), his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), Kyle, and a young therapist called Katherine (Anna Kendrick).

    All give excellent supporting performances, in particular Huston, who lights up the screen in a tear-jerking moment with her son before a critical surgery. Without Reiser’s introspective and emotionally resonant screenplay, half the battle would have been lost.

    Levine’s control of tone is spot-on. His use of music, a mix of contemporary songs and classic oldies, provides an upbeat and comfortable setting in which the issue of cancer could be broached from the point-of-view of a patient without the fear of being unintentionally insensitive to those concerned.

    In a way, 50/50 is this year’s Knocked Up (2007), the Judd Apatow film that sensationally and sensitively explored the topic of premarital sex among youths with a fine balance of laughs and tears (of joy). If you are still unsure whether to catch this, rest assured that you will leave the theater with a positive vibe.

    GRADE: A

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