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Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are cha... read more read more...nged by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health - drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. -- (C) Summit Entertainment

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DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012

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    May 21, 2013
    This is a really outstanding film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a mesmerizing performance as a
  • April 22, 2013
    I put off watching this due to Seth Rogan being in it...despite my admiration for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I shouldn't have waited, it was soooo good! This was an excellently done, off-beat, indie movie on a serious subject of life, and death. Wry humor out of a bad situation. Nice ... read morechemistry from the cast. Even Seth Rogen's crude buddy role is quite funny. Gordon-Levitt has his quiet charm that's perfect for this. There's no over-the-top drama in it; the plot just tracks the journey of a nice guy's cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and how he deals with it all. Wonderful film!! Kudos!!
  • December 30, 2012
    '50/50'. The characters and emotions feel SO, SO real, and are wonderfully realised through fantastic writing and acting. I experienced and felt every high and low, and it's one of the best emotional roller-coasters of the year.

    I hate happy endings, but I was way too invested t... read moreo hope for anything else with this. And Anna Kendrick? Wow, I have the biggest crush on her right now.
  • December 30, 2012
    Good movie, quite lighthearted considering it deals with cancer. Nothing new or thrilling, but enjoyable.
  • December 18, 2012
    For the most part, at least in its portrayal of how cancer is the 400 lb gorilla in the room, 50/50 does a very nice job of getting the sentiments right. Having recently lost my best friend via this route I can attest to most of what is portrayed here.

    There remains a lot of ... read moretruth, especially in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's calm performance as Adam, a mid 20's man who is diagnosed with cancer. He reads that his particular type has a 50/50 survival rate, hence the film's title. The film follows Levitt as he goes through all of the "stages" of dealing with mortality, and what I found refreshing is that for the most part he looks at the situation head on - a kind of "it is what it is" fatalism where his veneer only cracks once.

    Cancer also affects all those around the victim - for in fact, in a manner of speaking, they are victims themselves... watching someone close to you slowly lose vitality is a bitch. Here we have the girlfriend who ultimately can't deal with the issue; the mother (in a nice cameo by Anjelica Huston) who Adam tries to keep out of the loop- worrying that she will just worry too much about it all; and the best friend who uses humor to keep the bad thoughts at bay. Seth Rogan plays best friend Kyle in his usual overboard fashion - but here his shtick mostly works, especially when he reveals bits of a more humane side underneath the bravado.

    For this topic a bit of humor is needed, and Rogan provides it, as well as a couple of older gents that Adam meets in chemo. There's a very nice segment where Adam gets stoned on medicinal macaroons and then walks down the hospital hallway, seeing degrees of what the future has in store for him. Nicely done!

    About my only real complaint with the film is the performance of Anna Kendrick as Adam's crises counselor. Part of that lies in the script that has her portraying a 24 year old counseling intern - but she goes way overboard in her ditsy portrayal; making the film's subsequent interaction between patient and "doctor" a bit too "ah gee", in spite of an adequate ending sequence. Try as they might to inject some serious tone to both their relationship as well as the psychology of "that cancer thing", Kendrick's self effacing, kind of bumbling portrayal torpedoes the attempt; which is unfortunate, as really, the film does have some important things to say about the big C and how we, as compassionate humans, choose to deal with it.
  • October 28, 2012
    Great balance between drama and humor. Seth brings the humor of course.
  • October 27, 2012
    Joseph Gordon Levitt saves the film with his serious, fairly subtle- but ultimately functional- performance. Apart from that, it is hit and mediocre, with an emphasis on the mediocre, involving in particular a very uneven, eventually unconvincing, treatment of the subject matter,... read more namely cancer. But, not without humour, not without emotion and not without merit. It just could do better.
  • October 18, 2012
    A greatly affecting film about cancer and it's effects on the all the people involved. It has wonderful performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, as well as a couple of the supporting cast members. It's certainly a downbeat movie at times, but it takes it's subject v... read moreery seriously and maneuvers between comedy and drama with a deft hand. It might even make you cry by the end.
  • September 21, 2012
    50/50 is a well balanced dramedy about a sensitive topic with a moving performance by Joseph Gordon Levitt.
  • July 27, 2012

Critic Reviews

Tom Huddleston
November 22, 2011
Tom Huddleston, Time Out

50/50 is about right. Full Review

Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Leah Rozen, TheWrap

Add 50/50 to your want to see list. And then make an appointment for your annual physical with your doctor. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
September 30, 2011
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Still, it's Gordon-Levitt's choices that continue to impress. Sure, he owned one of the most jaw-dropping sequences in last summer's blockbuster Inception. But the actor remains drawn to profoundly hu... Full Review

Peter Rainer
September 30, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Gordon-Levitt is an agreeably undemonstrative actor who plays well opposite the burbly Rogen. Full Review

Tom Long
September 30, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

Chances are about 90/10 that you'll enjoy 50/50. Full Review

Dana Stevens
September 30, 2011
Dana Stevens, Slate

Scene by scene, 50/50 can be both amusing and moving, with the tightly wound Gordon-Levitt and the boundaryless Rogen forming an oddly complementary pair. But as a whole the movie never quite coheres. Full Review

Bob Mondello
September 30, 2011
Bob Mondello, NPR

In other hands, Adam might well be hard to take. But as the comedy in 50/50 turns darker, Gordon-Levitt, who's maybe the most natural, least affected actor of his generation, makes prickly plenty enga... Full Review

Linda Barnard
September 30, 2011
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

An everyman tale with plenty of heart and honesty, the serious subject matter is regularly enlivened with jolts of genuine hilarity, some of it in delightfully questionable taste. Full Review

Mary Elizabeth Williams
September 30, 2011
Mary Elizabeth Williams,

What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like. Full Review

Joe Williams
September 30, 2011
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It wrings comedy from cancer and surrounds its saintly protagonist with sickly stereotypes. But the closer it gets to the mortal abyss, the more it feels real and revealing. Full Review

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    • Katherine: If I fuck up, I can ruin someone's life.
    • Adam: You're a selfish piece of shit! Care more about getting yourself fucking laid than being my friend!
    • Adam: I just want it to be over. I'm so fucking tired of being sick. You know if this surgery doesn't work, it's um, that's it. And I've never, you know, I've never been to fucking Canada. I've never told a girl I loved her. It sounds stupid, doesn't it?
    • Katherine: No, it doesn't.
    • Adam: What is it, like a Doogie Howser or something?
    • Katherine: Who?
    • Adam: Doogie Howser? Teenage Doctor?
    • Katherine: Does he work here?
    • Adam: You're dying dude.
    • Katherine: You can't change your situation. The only thing that you can change is how you choose to deal with it.

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