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Rated R · 99 min. · 2011

Comedy, Drama


Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this comic drama about a 27-year-old's struggle with spinal cancer. The film's title represents the survival odds of Gordon-Levitt's character, Adam Lerner, a Seattle NPR staffer and aspiring documentary filmmaker. But the title also represents the approximate division of the film between medical drama and bawdy humor in Will Reiser's semiautobiographical script. In the hands of less capable filmmakers and cast, this balancing act between somber sentimentality and Apatow-esque comedy could nose-dive into something ill-advised and even offensive, but director Jonathan Levine successfully integrates the two halves in a way that elevates the whole.


See our full review:

Tonal duality of 50/50 more than a gimmick

The tonal duality of 50/50 is the language of ironic distance spoken by young moviegoers who largely have not faced their mortality. »

Official Site: 50-50themovie.com
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Will Reiser
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Marie Avgeropoulos, Julia Benson and Philip Baker Hall

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