by Lorie Lewis Ham
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50/50 is the story of a 27-year-old man diagnosed with cancer and his struggle to beat it. Based on a true story, the screenplay is loosely based on the life of comedy writer Will Reiser, friend and frequent co-writer of the film’s co-lead, Seth Rogen. You had better be prepared to laugh and cry if you go see this one.
Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works at a radio station, has a beautiful girlfriend and a crazy best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen)—life seems good. His life is turned upside down when he learns he has a very rare form of cancer. His mother’s first response is to move in with Adam, but he puts a quick halt to that. Even though her reactions were a bit over the top and perfect for comedy, as a mother I know they were also very true to life.
At first, Adam’s girlfriend says she’ll take care of him, but this doesn’t last. Though on the surface Kyle seems selfish and immature, even to the point of using Adam’s cancer to get girls for himself, he proves to be a true friend through Adam’s struggles. His ideas of how to help Adam are crazy and often hilarious. Adam also makes some new friends during chemo who provide him with extra support but also make him face the sad possibility of his own death when one of them dies. Anna Kendrick was charming as his very young therapist and I loved her interactions with Adam.
This is a very realistic, painful, heartwarming story told with the perfect blend of humor and reality. 50/50 will have you laughing, smiling, crying and cheering.
Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use.
50/50 is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.