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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.

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Writer:

Will Reiser
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Adam
Seth Rogen ... Kyle
Anna Kendrick ... Katherine
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Rachael
Anjelica Huston ... Diane
Serge Houde ... Richard - Alzheimer Dad
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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Cancer Comedy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,644,095, 2 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,014,192, 29 December 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,187,783, 29 December 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While being interviewed by Terry Gross on her National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Will Reiser said that he gave Adam's character a job at a Seattle NPR station because Reiser is a big fan of NPR, but he had not ever donated any money to any of their pledge drives. See more »

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Kyle mispronounces "whilst." See more »

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[Adam is getting chemotherapy]
Alan: Want a macaroon?
Adam: Thanks. I'm alright.
Alan: [whispering] There's weed in 'em.
Adam: I don't do weed.
Alan: C'mon. Just get high with us!
[Adam reluctantly eats a macaroon]
Mitch: How old are you?
Adam: Twenty-seven.
Alan: That's just the worst. A perfectly good youth wasted.
[...]
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Comedic, inspiring, dramatic, tearful, and effervescent
1 October 2011 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

After playing a bad boy rocker with a full head of hair, Joseph Gordon-Levitt now plays a nervous Cancer-patient with no hair at all. 50/50 is loosely based on the story of Will Reiser, who wrote this film, and is telling us his story and struggle through the character Adam.

Adam is played by Levitt, a marvelous actor who is continuing his string of quirky, yet well made independent films where he plays an off-the-wall protagonist. Adam is twenty-seven and works for a Seattle radio company. He is informed that he has a rare form of Cancer called Neurofibrosarcoma, and is told he only has a 50% chance of living with it. Frustrated, but moving day by day in a seemingly calm manner with his buddy Kyle (Rogen), Adam continues his long journey only to be bothered by his annoying, self-centered girlfriend (Howard) frequently. Through thick and thin, Adam starts to cope with his disease and manages to stay calm for most of the picture.

We all have to die at one point. It's part of the life. But I can't imagine the sadness and calamity brought upon someone who finds out they have a rare form of Cancer and that their chances of living are fifty-fifty. At twenty-seven nonetheless. My mother, who has work in a Chemotherapy unit for about a decade, said that the youngest she has even seen someone die from Cancer is two and a half years old. Some people, hardly get to experience life at firsthand because of Cancer.

There are so many forms of Cancer, rare and common, harmless and not, that your chances of getting it are very high. Getting it is at random, but coping with it is even harder. While 50/50 has a heartbreaking, and is sometimes emotion-testing and tear-jerking, it still has a strong comedic relief thanks to Seth Rogen, who is rather unfairly bashed in a majority of his films.

The acting is superb by both leads, the parents of Adam played by Angelica Houston and Serge Houde are portrayed effectively and in a loving way, and the screenplay and Johnathan Levine's direction never fails or works against this film in any way. Three years prior he was creating good chemistry between Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck in The Wackness. Now, he's finally mastered in creating two characters that do nothing but sparkle when on screen together. You can't really call this a Seth Rogen film because while his comedy is here, his underlying sweetness shows through the cloth of this film more than it has ever done before. The last time he gave a performance this well done was in Sandler's Funny People.

Thanks to a wonderful third act in terms of direction and screenplay, you get an all out emotional breakdown from the characters and yourself. 50/50 has a way with making emotional moments not seemed contrived, but welcomed. I think out of everyone in the theater, my mom was more emotional than the average person in the general public which is understandable.

Many films have come out this year, and many have been ignored. Comedies and dramas alike have been swept under the bus with other blockbusters in theaters at the same time. I plan on doing a list of the top ignored and underrated films of 2011. I hope 50/50 doesn't make that list.

Starring: Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Angelica Houston, and Serge Houde. Directed by: Johnathan Levine.


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