50/50 - Movie Review

Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a 27-year-old guy who lives life on the safe side when he is suddenly diagnosed with a rare cancer. He learns that his type of cancer has a 50% survival rate and the movie follows how he, his girlfriend Racheal (Bryce Dallas Howard), his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen), and his parents deal with the news. Adam makes friends with two older chemo patients while doing chemotherapy and seeks therapy from a young and inexperienced therapist Katherine (Anna Kendrick) with whom he seems to develop a rapport.

50/50 was inspired by the life of the screenwriter Will Reiser, Seth Rogen's friend, who was diagnosed with the same cancer. Given the seriousness of the topic, they managed to make an awesome movie that made me laugh and cry. The laughs are appropriate and does not trivialize the seriousness of cancer. The journey of dealing with cancer that Adam and the people around him takes is very realistically portrayed and all the actors did an amazing job. Overall, it is a heartwarming film that focuses on friendships, feelings, and love.

50/50 is in theatres on Friday, September 30, 2011. Go see it.

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