Joesph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen fight cancer together as well as make us…laugh? This crazy combo leads to one of the year’s best! It’s 50/50!
50/50 tackles a concept that most people know very well and probably don’t find to be a comical situation. This movie doesn’t make cancer as much a joke but more makes you realize that some joy can be found in the situation you’re in. This is based off of the true story of Will Reiser, a friend of Seth Rogen, who wrote the script with Rogen’s help. The movie centers on Adam (Gordon-Levitt) who is a 27 year old writer of radio programs who one day learns that he has a rare form of spinal cancer with the odds of 50/50 for surviving it. The core of the story is the relationships that Gordon-Levitt develops with his friend Kyle (Rogen), his therapist (Anna Kendrick), his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), and his mother (Anjelica Huston). The top notch performances comes from Gordon-Levitt, Rogen, Kendrick, and Huston with mainly Gordon-Levitt and Huston shining mainly due to some powerful scenes that they have as mother and son who don’t always get along and reconcile under his new conditions. Anna Kendrick gives us another lovable character that is similar to her previous roles, mainly Up in the Air, which isn’t a bad thing because those characters are always enjoyable and make the movie special. Bryce Dallas Howard continues her reign as the terrible character as she plays Adam’s horrible girlfriend. I don’t want to ruin the story with details but she really has got this character down pat as she played the villainous woman in The Help earlier this year as well. This movie works so well as a comedy that still takes cancer seriously. It’s kind of a more perfect version of Judd Apatow’s Funny People because it not only gave us a dramatic side and a dark side of the characters but it gave us some quality laughs and I admit this had me rolling at times. The script is well crafted, the actors are top notch, and I dare you to not have this as one of your favorites of the year. It maybe isn’t Best Picture worthy but it is a movie that I will remember past this year and should have an Oscar possibly for leading man Joseph Gordon-Levitt.