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50/50 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Seth Rogen , Jonathan Levine  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
  • Directors: Jonathan Levine
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QL7KKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Rolling Stone calls achingly hilarious and heartfelt. Diagnosed with spinal cancer, 27 year old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Angelica Huston) and an inexperienced therapist (Anna Kendrick). Inspired by a true story of writer Will Reiser, 50/50 is an honest yet hysterically funny account of a young man's journey toward healing.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is cancer funny? As it turns out, it can be... October 9, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This might just be my new favorite film.

I went to see this, primarily, because I've always loved the previous works of both Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as Seth Rogen. The premise, a young man is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and tries to cope with it through humor, was appealing too. On a small sidenote: I'm from Vancouver and the majority of the movie was filmed there, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Adam is 27 years old and is shocked when he is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on his spinal cord. He relies on his hilarious best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen); his unreliable girlfriend, Rachel (Bryce Dallas Howard); and his overbearing mother, Diane (Angelica Houston), while he struggles with chemotherapy, doctor's appointments and losing all his hair. His interactions with each of these characters are ultimately hilarious, even when they aren't intended to be. Along the way his doctor sends him to a therapist named Katherine (Anna Kendrick), who is wet behind the ears but wants to specialize in helping cancer patients cope with their diagnoses.

Kyle is a very genuine character who wants to do everything he can to help Adam, although he stumbles along the way. He also takes advantage of Adam's situation as a way to meet girls, much to Adam's chagrin. He makes light of the situation whenever the chance arises, but shows himself to be a very sincere friend at every opportunity. Seth Rogen, actually playing the role he embodied in the real life story this movie is based on, is perfect as the somewhat dimwitted, but loveable best friend.

Rachel is the villain, if there is one. She is a typical flighty young woman who is torn between feeling guilty about Adam's condition and feeling freaked out and trapped by it.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly the Way It Is December 7, 2011
Format:DVD
I can tell that this was inspired by the true story of screenwriter Will Reiser. He has got every detail down so perfectly that it would either be that or that the man was sharing an esp channel with cancer patients. His protagonist is diagnosed with spinal cancer. This is 27 year old Adam, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He discovers his is a rare form of spinal cancer with 50-50 odds of surviving it. It has not yet metastasized so they will try to shrink it with chemo first and then operate.

Seth Rogen plays his crude, loud, yet amazingly supportive best friend. Touchingly he even sneak reads on the side a book about going through cancer with someone. He provides the perfect foil for Adam.

Adam makes and loses relationships along the treatment way, which is also very normal. Some people are just better at coping with grave illness than others' are and if one has never had to move beyond a certain level of commitment to people, it can be neigh unto impossible to cope with it.

One of the best turns of the whole film is the role of his smothering but loving mother. I kept saying to myself, why does the actress playing the Jewish mother so brilliantly look so familiar? I then almost fell off the sofa as I realized that it was Angelica Huston (who was raised by her loud, boisterous Irish father so is not a Jewish mother at all in real life). Huston, however, not too long ago lost her long time spouse under similar catastrophic illness circumstances so I can see why she was a natural for the role.

Adam even manages to connect with one of his medical workers played by Anna Kendrick. She brings a lot of humor to the role as he is but her third patient. She is interning as a therapist on the way to her PhD in psychology.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Striking the right balance and tone has got to be an incredibly difficult thing to do when you are centering a comedic picture around a serious topic such as cancer. I suppose that's why we see so few cancer comedies--it just isn't a particularly amusing topic. On TV, Showtime has a Laura Linney helmed program called "The Big C" which addresses cancer as its principle theme. That program, however, (despite being beloved by many, so send me your hate mail) has the deck stacked with wacky caricatures and unbelievable situations that make it almost unbearably over-the-top. Maybe that's why "50/50" was an incredible surprise! It's easy to see why its perfectly measured screenplay has won numerous year-end accolades because the story deftly juggles the hilarious with the heartfelt. This is comedy that comes from a very real place with exceedingly believable characters, and yet--it is also surprisingly hard-edged and never devolves into sentimental treacle. In a word, the film's tone is perfect. With its smart screenplay and a wondrous lead performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50" is easily one of my favorite films of 2011.

Gordon-Levitt plays a relatively uptight professional whose life is upended when he is diagnosed with a particularly nasty strain of cancer in his back. Reeling from the news, he tries to carry on as normal as possible. But outside influences and those who care about him soon start breaking down some of the carefully erected barriers he's hid behind his whole life. Seth Rogan as his obnoxious best friend, Anjelica Huston as his somewhat estranged mother, Anna Kendrick as his hospital therapist, Bryce Dallas Howard as his girlfriend, and Philip Baker Hall and Matt Frewer as his chemotherapy partners round out one of the most effective ensembles of the year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss a good movie!!
A great movie that deals with the emotions and problems that occure when a young man finds out he has cancer. A must see!!!
Published 3 days ago by I am just saying...
2.0 out of 5 stars certainly not a comedy
All of the funny lines you saw in the trailer are the entirety of the comedic lines in the movie. This is most definitely a quasi-drama and unfortunately one that left me... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Robert Krasny
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film of the Year!
I know the critics loved the film. I suppose it was the serious nature underlying the film that kept some people from knowing what a truly rich and touching film 50/50 is. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Scott M. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars 50/50
FUNNY! SAD!! BUT A GREAT MOVIE A MUST WATCH A SCARY INSIDE LOOK ON REALITY ON HOW QUICKLY OUR LIFE CAN CHANGE AND A TRUE TEST OF FAITH.
Published 10 days ago by rosalinda
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
I am a survivor and I loved how he handled the whole thing. I give it to all of my friends who get sick.
Published 12 days ago by crooker264
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
Light, feel good film with a happy ending. Seth Rogen was funny as usual but not too crass. The relationship between the therapist and main character was weakly portrayed. Read more
Published 14 days ago by AaronS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Very touching. Very real.
Plenty of "young people" friendly comedy mixed in with some very believable writing and solid acting all around. Great flick!
Published 15 days ago by Matthew Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast and great story.
An amazing story of how important friends and family are. I really enjoyed the supporting cast. Also the location, of Seattle, was a refreshing back drop.
Published 19 days ago by Mason Havens
5.0 out of 5 stars charming and witty
surprizingly an engaging movie about a tough subject. worth watching all the way to the end. joseph gordon-levitt is amazing as usual. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Elizazon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
We really liked this movie and a rare one to see a touching (but not sappy) relationship between two guys and the support of one going through a very trying time without pity.
Published 25 days ago by K. Lewis
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