Cancer has become a hot topic for movies these past few years. However, most of these films are overdramatic pieces in which we know going in that the main character is probably going to die. The new dramedy, “50/50” looks at cancer in a different light than all the movies before by offering comedy alongside illness and a happy ending instead of one that will leave you reaching for a box of tissues and vowing never to watch it again.
A true-story based on one of Seth Rogen’s real life friend’s battle with cancer, “50/50” will prove to be an inspiring film that will make you laugh while dealing with a real issue many face today.
When the movie starts, Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is simply a 27-year-old man living a normal life. While running, he realizes he needs to see a doctor about pain in his back, and the news the doctor gives is both shocking and unexpected—Adam has a rare form of cancer and only a 50/50 chance of survival.
His whole life is turned upside down, and he must begin chemotherapy treatments immediately. To help him through his journey he leans on his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and his unsympathetic girlfriend, Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard).
Adam’s doctor also suggests that he begins seeing a therapist in order to deal with his emotions named Katherine (Anna Kendrick), and it doesn’t take long for their relationship to develop into a friendship that helps him cope with the reality of the disease.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perfect in this role of Adam and will leave audiences impressed long after the film is over, and Seth Rogen (who essentially played himself) was comical and charismatic the whole way through.
Anna Kendrick was a wonderful choice for a leading lady, and her awkward nervousness celebrated in “Up in the Air” is revisited again in the best way possible. It’s impossible not to love the chemistry between Levitt’s and Kendrick’s characters.
The great thing about “50/50” is that it has so much to offer. Though there is a chance it will make you teary eyed sometime before the credits roll, you will certainly laugh more than cry. While it tackles a difficult subject, it does so in a light-hearted manner that makes it more enjoyable than sitting down to watch “My Sister’s Keeper” or any film adapted from a Nicholas Spark’s novel.
“50/50” is one of the best movies this year, and the reality of the subject matter only makes it better. You will probably laugh, you will probably cry and you probably want to see it again.