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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) (2 October 2011)

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$35,014,192 (USA) (29 December 2011)
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually shaved his head during filming. He and Seth Rogen were improvising in character while the cameras kept rolling, since the scene was not in the script. See more »

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While set in Seattle the movie was filmed in Vancouver. In one of the opening scenes when Adam and Kyle are walking down the street there is a sign in the background for Lotto 6/49 which is a Canadian lottery. See more »

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Adam: You're 24. Wow!
Adam: So, what, are you like Doogie Howser or somethin?
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Referenced in Conan: The Fluffer of Seville (2011) See more »

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High and Dry
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Edward Yorke), Ed O'Brien (as Edward John O'Brien), Colin Greenwood (as Colin Charles Greenwood), Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood), Phil Selway (as Philip James Selway)
Performed by Radiohead
Courtesy of EMI Records LTD.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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It's a balancing act.
28 September 2011 | by (United States) – 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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