Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
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50/50 is a moving and funny piece on the strength of friendship through trying times. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a young health nut who finds out he has a rare form of cancer. Seth Rogen is his pig of a best friend, a frat boy type who wants to be there for his buddy but doesn’t know how. The chemistry between the two feels authentic and helps keep the film from being too sappy. On the other side, 50/50 never feels too lighthearted while dealing with such a serious topic. Levitt does a good job at conveying his various stages of acknowledgement of his situation. It’s a subtle performance, never once feeling too over the top. There’s a lot for him to deal with in addition to his sickness. His girlfriend is in denial, his mom is overwhelmed, and his new young therapist doesn’t know how to help him deal with his feelings. Its good stuff, and the kind of date flick that guys can appreciate due to the comaraderie between Levitt and Rogen.