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50/50 (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  30 September 2011 (USA)
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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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Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are. Written by Calikeane

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It takes a pair to beat the odds

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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30 September 2011 (USA)  »

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I'm with Cancer  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,644,095 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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$34,963,967 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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The suspension bridge seen in the opening scene is Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge. This scene was shot at Stanley Park, where you can see the Burrard Inlet as well as the bridge. The bridge is the namesake for Lionsgate Entertainment, the studio that backed the film. See more »

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When Adam is in Dr. Ross' office with his mother and father, his mother inspects a diploma from "Washington State University Medical School". Washington State University does not have a medical school. See more »

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Adam: See, but... that's bullshit. That's what everyone has been telling me since the beginning. "Oh, you're gonna be okay," and "Oh, everything's fine," and like, it's not... It makes it worse... that no one will just come out and say it. Like, "hey man, you're gonna die."
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References Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989) See more »

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The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack
Written by Angus Andrew, Julian Gross and Aaron Hemphill
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It's a balancing act.
28 September 2011 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

How does a filmmaker combine humor and drama in a story about a 27 year old man diagnosed with cancer? Easy: Just give them equal measure with the title 50/50 -- light treatment of a dark subject.

Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has to deal not only with his own emotions when he is diagnosed, but also those of a close friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen), an inveterate partier and ribald quipper, and his chronically worrisome mother (Anjelica Huston). Losing his girlfriend, Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) along the way adds to the potential downbeat.

Yet director Jonathan Levine and writer Will Reiser keep it all as upbeat as possible, not in small part due to Rogen's constantly funny chatter, which comes at just the right times as the plot gets heavy with cancer surviving techniques (the film turns out to show the way to battle: with humor).

Of course, Rogen has had training playing a similar role in Funny People with Adam Sandler. No one plays a weed-smoking buddy better than he. Gordon-Levitt is also an actor who can just about better than anyone else play the soulful, endearing, slow-moving romantic as he did in (500) Days. As a cancer victim, he engages the audience in observation of a vulnerable hero, who fights with a serenity and equanimity that could be a model for those wishing to survive and those who wish to help.

50/50 is a comedy with compassion, a distant cousin to the prevalent bromances that rarely treat the support men give each other in times of real danger. Usually it's vacuous women who supply that danger and significant support. Hooray for the men this time.


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