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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
That it is entertaining goes without saying. But what makes the film really worth watching is how authentically it captures the nuances of life -- its inherent shortness, inequity, frustration, exhilaration and, above all, the universal duality associated with an uncertain existence. And 50/50 isn't corny, overwrought, overtly philosophical or melodramatic. There's no shortage of wonderful movies with great actors, twisting plots and exquisite special effects. 50/50, however, transcends being an enjoyable, temporary distraction. It's real, and invites the viewer to reflect on their own path, which is a very rare breed of film indeed.
Watch it, buy it, borrow it from a friend. The chances are damn near 100% that you'll enjoy the hell out of it.
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Another Great Movie. Introduced me to Anna Kendrick who is one of my favorites today. Of course Joseph Gordon Levitt is amazing. Tommy is all grown up now. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roy E Pearson
Just like everyone else says, you can tell this was written by someone who has been there. I bought this when I was diagnosed and it really lifted my spirits. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NetBoy2020
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