They say laughter is the best medicine. And while there is no solid medical proof that this is true, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Now cancer is certainly no laughing matter, but lots of people use comedy as way to cope.
Dubbed a “cancer comedy,” the new film 50/50 tackles the disease with tons of heart and humor, through the diagnosis, struggle, and how differently people cope with it all.
Adam, a 27-year-old radio program writer, is suddenly diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. He breaks the news to his girlfriend, his best friend, and his mother, who is also dealing with her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease. Each person deals with the news and subsequent treatment in different ways.
In the middle of this ordeal, Adam also seeks therapy from a young and inexperienced therapist, assigned to him by the hospital, and befriends several older, wisecracking chemotherapy patients. As Adam struggles to beat the disease, he learns what and who the most important things in his life are.
Watch the trailer for the film posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the cancer-stricken Adam, Seth Rogen as his best friend, Bryce Dallas Howard as his girlfriend, Anjelica Huston as his mother, Anna Kendrick as the young therapist, and Phillip Baker Hall as a fellow patient.
50/50 is loosely based on the life of the film’s screenwriter Will Reiser, a TV-comedy writer (Da Ali G Show), and his own battle with cancer.
The film is directed by Jonathan Levine, whose last film, 2008’s The Wackness, is a terrific, but sorely underrated coming-of-age tale set in the mid-90s. It made my Most Underappreciated Films of the Last Decade list.
Premiering earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, 50/50 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and is already being cited as one of the year’s best films. Most of the praise is being heaped upon Reiser’s low key, honest, emotional, and hilarious script, in addition to the film’s standout performances.
I have been looking forward to this film for a while now. I am big fan on nearly everyone involved (actors and filmmakers) and as more reviews pour in, my anticipation on gets higher. The film ranked very high on my Most Anticipated Films for the Remainder of 2011 list.
50/50 opens this weekend in theaters nationwide and locally. Starting Friday, September 30 the film opens at The Theatres at Canal Place, Hollywood Cinemas 9 in Kenner, and local AMC Theatres.
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