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50/50 -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Rolling Stone calls "achingly hilarious and heartfelt." Diagnosed with spinal cancer, 27 year old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Angelica Huston) and an inexperienced therapist (Anna Kendrick).  Inspired by a true story of writer Will Reiser, 50/50 is an honest yet hysterically funny account of a young man's journey toward healing.
50/50 -- A comedic account of a 27-year-old guy's cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
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50/50 -- A comedic account of a 27-year-old guy's cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.


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It takes a pair to beat the odds
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Adam

Seth Rogen ... Kyle

Anna Kendrick ... Katherine

Bryce Dallas Howard ... Rachael

Anjelica Huston ... Diane

Serge Houde ... Richard

Andrew Airlie ... Dr. Ross

Matt Frewer ... Mitch

Philip Baker Hall ... Alan
Donna Yamamoto ... Dr. Walderson

Sugar Lyn Beard ... Susan

Yee Jee Tso ... Dr. Lee

Sarah Smyth ... Jenny

Peter Kelamis ... Phil

Jessica Parker Kennedy ... Jackie

Daniel Bacon ... Dr. Phillips
P. Lynn Johnson ... Bernie

Laura Bertram ... Claire

Matty Finochio ... Ted

Luisa D'Oliveira ... Agabelle Loogenburgen

Veena Sood ... Nurse Stewart
Jason Vaisvila ... Cute Guy with Dreads
Brent Sheppard ... Minister

Marie Avgeropoulos ... Allison

Adrian Glynn McMorran ... Bartender (as Adrian McMorran)

Stephanie Belding ... Friendly Nurse

Andrea Brooks ... Attractive Woman #2
Ryan W. Smith ... Joe
Karen van Blankenstein ... Nurse Scott
William 'Big Sleeps' Stewart ... George (as William 'Bigsleeps' Stewart)
Bonnie Bollivar ... Elderly Female Chemo Patient

Beatrice King ... Pretty Girl (as Beatrice Ilg)

Chilton Crane ... Mother on the Bus

Amitai Marmorstein ... Young Person on the Bus

Lauren Miller ... Bodie (as Lauren A. Miller)

Will Reiser ... Greg

Richard C. Burton ... Thom the Patient
Neil Corbett ... Hospital Tech
Karolina Anna Sabat ... Art Gallery Patron (as Karolina Sabat)

Christopher De-Schuster ... Art Gallery Patron (as Christopher De Schuster)
Susan De West ... Bar Girl (as Susan McLellan)
Marlow the Wonderdog ... Himself
Denver ... Skeletor
William ... Skeletor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Colbert ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

D.C. Douglas ... Live Volcano Reporter (voice) (uncredited)
Tom MacNeill ... Office Staff (uncredited)
Kiwi O'Gorman ... Barista #2 (uncredited)
Cameron K. Smith ... Chemo Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Levine 
Writing credits
Will Reiser (written by)

Produced by
Nicole Brown .... co-producer
Evan Goldberg .... producer
Kyle Hunter .... associate producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Ben Karlin .... producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Tendo Nagenda .... co-producer
Will Reiser .... executive producer
Seth Rogen .... producer
Ariel Shaffir .... associate producer
James Weaver .... associate producer
Shawn Williamson .... line producer
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Annie Spitz 
Art Direction by
Ross Dempster 
Set Decoration by
Shane Vieau 
Costume Design by
Carla Hetland 
Makeup Department
Michelle Hrescak .... key makeup artist: additional photography
Tanya Hudson .... key makeup artist
Monica Huppert .... makeup department head
Cindy L. Larsen .... assistant hair stylist
Sanna Seppanen .... hair department head: additional photography
Andrea Simpson .... key hair stylist
Debra Wiebe .... hair department head
Marnie Wong .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Céline Godeau .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Adina Shore .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Paul Lukaitis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chad Belair .... third assistant director: additional photography
Willan Leung .... trainee assistant director: additional photography (as William Leung)
John McKeown .... first assistant director
Trevor McWhinney .... second assistant director: additional photography
Cindy Smith .... second assistant director
Haylee Thompson .... third assistant director
Iris Torres .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Michael Church .... set dresser (as Mike Church)
Richard Connelly .... set dresser (as Richard M. Connelly)
Jeff Davies .... on set dresser: additional photography
Dylan Dowd .... head greensman
David Dowling .... property master
Elena Dresser .... set dresser
Wes Hamby .... assistant property master (as Wesley Hamby)
Jesse Joslin .... construction coordinator
Sergio Lavilla .... assistant set decorator
Sean Lavoie .... paint coordinator
Spencer Louttit .... assistant property master
Darren Moore .... greens best boy: additional photography
D. Martin Myatt .... assistant property master
Elizabeth Roberts .... set decoration buyer
Christopher Rosamond .... lead set dresser (as Chris Rosamond)
Sarah M. Smith .... lead greensman (as Sarah Smith)
Brennan Wauters .... on set dresser
John Chaschowy .... greensman (uncredited)
Steve Sisko .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary C. Bouregeois)
Shane Connelly .... sound mixer
Wendy Czajkowsky .... adr mixer
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Cameron Foodikoff .... sound utility: additional photography
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Chris Higgins .... boom operator
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Jim Lacamel .... boom operator: additional photography (as Jim Lacamell)
Tim Limer .... mix recordist (as Timothy Limer)
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Darryl Marko .... sound utility
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer (as Josh Reinhardt)
William Skinner .... sound mixer: additional photography (as Bill Skinner)
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Lara Dale .... foley artist (uncredited)
Sang Kim .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Michael Santopolo .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jak Osmond .... special effects coordinator
Lance Smith .... best boy special effects
Colin Osmond .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Aidan Williamson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kyle Gray .... visual effects compositor: Wildfire Visual Effects
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire Visual Effects
Caleb Owens .... visual effects compositor: Wildfire Visual Effects
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire Visual Effects
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire Visual Effects
Ed Anders .... stunts
Brett Armstrong .... stunts
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt coordinator (as Scott Ateah)
Dan Redford .... stunts
Owen Walstrom .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Bamford .... company grip
David Cameron .... company grip
Murray Chysyk .... genny operator: additional photography
Mark Cohen .... first assistant b camera: additional photography
Ryan Cox .... company grip: additional photography
Drew David .... company grip
Dave Dibdin .... dolly grip: additional photography (as Dave 'Dibby' Dibdin)
Todd Elyzen .... b camera operator: additional photography
Bob Findlay .... a camera operator: additional photography
Bob Findlay .... steadicam operator: additional photography
William L. Flanagan .... company grip (as Bill Flanagan)
Niall Fraser .... best boy electric
Curt Griebel .... key rigging grip
Stuart Haggerty .... gaffer
Jeff Harvey .... best boy electric: additional photography
Russell Hawkes .... dolly grip
Glen Hawkins .... company grip
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Kieran Humphries .... first assistant a camera
Simon Hunt .... gaffer: additional photography
Leigh Jenkins .... second assistant b camera: additional photography
Steve Larsen .... best boy grip: additional photography
Robert Little .... leadman set up
David Lourie .... first assistant b camera
Scott MacDonald .... b camera operator
Shawn Milsted .... company electric
Tyler Olson .... company grip: additional photography (as Tyler Olsen)
Sean Oxenbury .... rigging gaffer
Andrew Pedley .... video assist
Vince Phillips .... key grip: additional photography (as Vincent Phillips)
Rick Podd .... company grip: additional photography
Dana Powers .... company electric (as Dana Wutzke)
Dean Reca .... best boy grip
Robert Redford .... genny operator (as Robert L. Redford)
James Salberg .... company grip
Mikah Sharkey .... camera trainee (as Mike Sharkey)
Aki Shigematsu .... camera loader: additional photography
James Vinblad .... company grip
Jason Weir .... company electric
Tony Whiteside .... key grip
Peter Wilke .... a camera operator
Peter Wilke .... steadicam operator
Carrie Wilson .... camera loader
Adriene Wyse .... second assistant b camera
Thomas Yardley .... second assistant b camera
Ed Araquel .... still photographer: additional photography (uncredited)
Andre Gheorghiu .... motion picture video coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Stoker Mayne .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carmen Amos .... casting assistant: Canada
Colleen Bolton .... casting associate: Canada (as Colleen Rogers)
Doreen Ferreira .... extras casting assistant
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Chelsea Strand .... extras casting assistant: additional photography
Kendra Voth .... extras casting assistant
Maureen Webb .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan De Laval .... assistant costume designer: additional photography (as Susan Delaval)
Summer Eves .... costumer
Jeffrey Fayle .... wardrobe supervisor
Michelle Hunter .... assistant costume designer
Soo MacLean .... truck costumer: additional photography (as Sue MacLean)
Steve Oben .... set supervisor: additional photography
Editorial Department
Floyd Burks .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates (as Floyd A. Burks)
George Chavez .... color timer: Deluxe
James Cowan .... digital intermediate manager: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Connor Cummins .... editorial production assistant
Scott Drost .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
John Flores .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Jay Harada .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Gregg Schaublin .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Bob Schneider .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Michael Shapcotte .... systems administrator: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
David Townsend .... post-production coordinator
Michael A. Webber .... first assistant editor
Jonas Young .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Kyle Cunningham .... executive sales assistant: Technicolor Creative Services Vancouver (uncredited)
Joshua David McLerran .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Thor Roos .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Vitomir Bogdanovic .... key location production assistant (as Mike Bogdanovic)
Alix Falkiner .... assistant location manager: additional photography
Conrad Janzen .... key location production assistant: additional photography (as Conrad Jenzen)
Terry Mackay .... location manager
Ryan Mains .... trainee assistant location manager
Shauna Michell .... key location production assistant: additional photography
Rico Mielnicki .... assistant location manager
Claude Pavel .... key location production assistant
Ken Poole .... key location production assistant
Music Department
Michael Aarvold .... scoring engineer (as Mike Aarvold)
Alexandra Apostolakis .... music editor assistant
Jim Black .... music supervisor
Andrea Datzman .... scoring coordinator
Stephen M. Davis .... music editor
Jessica Dolinger .... music licensing
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Sam Hofstedt .... scoring recordist
Simon James .... musician contractor
Dave Martina .... assistant: Michael Giacchino
Andy Park .... recording assistant
David Sabee .... orchestra conductor
Steve Smith .... scoring mixer
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Dave Busch .... driver
Kelly Charlton .... transportation captain
William Crivello .... star wagon driver: additional photography (as Bill Crivello)
Scott Dingo Dean .... driver (as Scott Dean)
Gerry Forster .... picture car coordinator
Gerry Forster .... transportation captain: additional photography
Mike Godenir .... driver
David Halliday .... transportation coordinator
Dave Henderson .... driver
Kevin Kamron .... driver
Ray Laine .... driver
Barry Macdonald .... driver (as Barry MacDonald)
Curt Martell .... transportation co-captain: additional photography
Laurie Matheson .... cast driver: additional photography
Steve Muller .... driver
John O'Toole .... driver
Bill Parsons .... transportation co-captain
Brian Whitlock .... transportation coordinator: additional photography
Mike Witherington .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tara Armstrong .... production assistant
Jaclyn Bashoff .... assistant: Anjelica Huston
Elsie Blaquera .... assistant chef: First Take Catering
Theodore Bressman .... assistant: Evan Goldberg
Shaun Burke .... production assistant (as Sean Burke)
Kate Checchi .... assistant: Nathan Kahane
Melissa Crich .... travel coordinator (as Melissa Barrie)
Mary-Ellen Dale .... payroll accountant
Deirdre De Butler .... script supervisor: additional photography
Dana Dubé .... animal trainer (as Dana Dube)
Aaron Ensweiler .... assistant: Nicole Brown
Jessica Hoyles .... key office production assistant
Lorraine Jamison .... unit publicist
Kimball Jansma .... second assistant coordinator
Keely Johnson .... payroll accountant
Katie Kreter .... production assistant
Sidney LeClaire .... first assistant accountant (as Sydney LeClaire)
Sue Levens .... production accountant (as Susan Levens)
Margo MacPherson .... assistant: Shawn Williamson
Joel McCooey .... assistant chef: First Take Catering
James Moffat .... chef: additional photography, Truffles Fine Food (as Jim Moffat)
Alana Murray .... clearances and product placement
Sue Norman .... production assistant
Moira Perlmutter .... production coordinator
Jaime Peters .... first assistant accountant: additional photography
Nin Rai .... caterer: additional photography, Truffles Fin Food
Lizzie Rollins .... assistant: Nathan Kahane
Stephanie Rossel .... script supervisor
Mary-Beth Schwalm .... production assistant (as Mary Beth Schlam)
Sean Seguin .... production accountant: additional photography
Lendi Slover .... assistant: Kelli Konop
Reba Szabo .... craft service: additional photography (as Reba Conger-Szabo)
Reba Szabo .... first aid: additional photography (as Reba Conger-Szabo)
Soren Tanbour .... chef: First Take Catering (as Soren Tambour)
Laura May Taylor .... production assistant (as Laura Taylor)
Heather Tyler .... post-production accountant
Dory Vanderkuip .... craft service
Dory Vanderkuip .... first aid
Crystal Wiggins .... assistant: Tendo Nagenda
Emmanuel Albano .... production assistant (uncredited)
Caellum Allan .... physical production (uncredited)
Michael Bendner .... background coordinator (uncredited)
Hailey Cho .... miscellaneous crew (uncredited)
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator (uncredited)
Paolo Di Persico .... behind the scenes director of photography (uncredited)
Chris Dow .... production assistant (uncredited)
Farley Dunsmuir .... production assistant (uncredited)
Karyn Edwards .... production attorney: Canada (uncredited)
Matthew Enright .... production assistant (uncredited)
Erik Feig .... production executive (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer playback designer (uncredited)
Tamara Harland .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Heffernan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Kukurudz .... production assistant: assistant director (uncredited)
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president of business affairs: Mandate Pictures (uncredited)
Steve Porohowski .... security (uncredited)
Nathaniel Raine .... production assistant (uncredited)
Yolanda Sangareau .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Schaefer .... production executive (uncredited)
Ana Oparnica Sebal .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator (uncredited)
Max Torroba .... playback coordinator (uncredited)
Lydia Whitlock .... assistant to co-producer (uncredited)
Laura Abbas .... special thanks
Heidi Adams .... special thanks
Jean Albert .... special thanks
Ayv .... in memory of: 1980-1999
Matt Bass .... special thanks
Eric Becker .... special thanks
Amanda Beckner .... special thanks (as Mandy Beckner)
Brooke Bloom .... special thanks
Uwe Boll .... special thanks
Jared Brick .... special thanks
Anne Bridger .... special thanks
James L. Brooks .... special thanks
Vikram Bubber .... special thanks
Todd Carpenter .... special thanks (as Dr. Todd Carpenter)
Stephen Chia .... special thanks (as Dr. Stephen Chia)
Susie Cooley .... special thanks
Kayla Cox .... special thanks
Frank M. Datzman .... special thanks
Simon Davies .... special thanks
Ed Farndale .... special thanks
Pressy Gamayo .... special thanks
Nancy J. Goldberg .... special thanks (as Nancy Goldberg)
Jake Gray .... special thanks
George Green .... special thanks
Arvid Hokanson .... special thanks
Corry Hunter .... special thanks
Nicholas Jasenovec .... special thanks (as Nick Jasenovec)
Laura Kittrell .... special thanks
Nic Kostov .... special thanks
Ira Levine .... special thanks
Judi Levine .... special thanks (as Judy Levine)
Ross Levine .... special thanks
Andrea Longacre-White .... special thanks (as Andrea White)
Nora Mattingly .... special thanks
James McAvoy .... special thanks
Devon McGoldrick .... special thanks
Jacob Nathan .... special thanks
Robert Reiser .... special thanks
Robin Reiser .... special thanks
Sandy Reiser .... special thanks
Katie Ruane .... special thanks
Rivka Shaffir .... special thanks
Barb Shannon .... special thanks
Paty Taylor .... special thanks
Doug Ulman .... special thanks
Angelo Vakakis .... special thanks
Carole Weaver-Linsner .... special thanks
Myrna Whiteson .... special thanks
Jen Zaborowski .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)
Argentina:13 | Argentina:Atp (cable rating) | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-12/9 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:18 (edited version) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46558)
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Did You Know?

The original screenplay was titled "I'm with Cancer."See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Adam:You're 24. Wow!
Adam:So, what, are you like Doogie Howser or somethin?
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Was Kyle a true friend of Adam?
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99 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
The perfect balance between drama and comedy, '50/50' depicts cancer the right way, 30 September 2011
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

Most movies don't know how to handle cancer. Heck, most people don't know how to handle cancer — and I'm not talking about the patients. Cancer, or any other terminal illness for that matter, almost always plays some kind x-factor in a film — that is when a film even dares to enter a realm often deemed depressing and "not for the movies." Most often, scripts will position cancer as a tearjerking emotional turning point in a film or as the initial spark of some banal "live life to the fullest" comedy.

"50/50" puts an end to that. Written semi-autobiographically by cancer survivor Will Reiser, it would seem it takes one to write one. Although cancer drives the entire story, the story doesn't fixate on cancer or melodramatize the terrible truths we already know about potentially fatal illness. Perhaps you could tell as much from the trailer thanks to some typical Seth Rogen antics, but the injection of contemporary R-rated humor is neither irreverent, insensitive nor an attempt to simply put a positive spin on a depressing subject. Life — believe it or not — doesn't stop for cancer. People don't sit in the hospital the entire time and then lie at home in bed the rest. Reiser's story provides a mostly unforced and honest depiction of a young man's diagnosis and treatment for potentially fatal spinal cancer, one where cancer isn't the conflict in and of itself, but the way it so dramatically changes the behavior of the people whose lives it enters and positively and negatively alters relationships.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues his spree of playing absolutely lovable main characters as Adam, a play-it-safe 27-year-old who after the initial shock handles his diagnosis in stride, keeping his ups and downs internal other than when the script cues him to let it out a bit. The more external symptoms come from Adam's girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and mother (Anjelica Huston).

Other than focusing on these relationships, director Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness") puts particular emphasis on character perspective, which will change instantaneously at points throughout the film. In one terrific sequence, Adam enters the hospital for his first chemo treatment and gets bummed out by all the sick and ailing people in the hallway. After the older men he meets while getting treatment (Philip Baker Hall and Matt Frewer) give him some marijuana-filled pastries, he leaves down the same hallway high as a kite, suddenly elated despite the same negative images lining the hall. Levine understands that so much of how you deal with cancer relates to mood and perspective at any given time.

Levine coaxes brilliant and thoughtful performances out of his actors. Even though Rogen exerted his usual shtick a bit more than needed, he handles his character as written, someone who wants desperately to help his best friend but hides behind shallow self-centered form of support that many men turn to because they can't communicate emotions all that well.

The women of "50/50" also deliver if not more so. Howard's character is an unlikable mess but she gives her performance convincingly. Anjelica Huston perfects the ideal on-screen mother, the best since Melissa Leo's Oscar-winning mother in "The Fighter." Anna Kendrick also continues to blow me away with her talent. She plays a psychiatrist working on her PhD who receives Adam as just her third patient. She gives such lifelike quirks to her characters and Katie plays right to her strengths.

But in a drama/comedy about cancer, the key lies in tone and for that Levine should become an A-list director. "50/50" could have easily turned into a Hollywood hack-job like the various comic-toned cancer films before it, a film that either overplays the dramatic or overcompensates with the humorous, but "50/50" might be one of film's best balancing acts between the two. The shifts feel completely natural between moments of deep sentiment and moments of levity. Those who can't help but fixate on this being a movie about cancer will likely have to remind themselves to feel serious when "50/50" just wants you to simply absorb it as you would any other film.

Other than some predictable moments and plot devices to give the film a nicer Hollywood sheen, "50/50" provides a genuine and heartfelt movie experience, one that neither goes for the emotional sucker punch nor the sugarcoated version. Instead of making us look at cancer in a specific way, it makes us look at the way we look at cancer — or any uncomfortable subject — the way we talk about it or don't talk about it, the way we interact with those who live with it and the way we cope with it ourselves. That way when someone we love has a serious problem, we can ultimately do what's best for that person.

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