50/50: A dramedy that offers a believable look at living with cancer.

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There is not one person that has not been directly or indirectly affected by cancer and it is no laughing matter.  With that being said… the new film 50/50 takes a shot at this and does a fine job by combining this serious topic, while adding just enough humour to solidify the time old saying that “laughter is the best medicine.”

The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays the average and cautious Adam along with Seth Rogan, as his obnoxious best friend Kyle.  The story starts out with a day in the life of Adam, a guy that does not cross red lights on his morning jog, or has a driver’s license due to the statistics of dying at the wheel.  Even after he goes to the doctor to find out what is causing his annoying back pain, explains to the doctor that it is impossible that he has a rare form of spinal cancer with a 50/50 chance of survival, because he does not smoke, or drink and recycles.

From here, we then see how Adam and the cast of characters in his life deal with his cancer as best, or not, as they can.  Whether it be his selfish and artsy girlfriend Rachael, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, or his overbearing mother played by the incomparable  Angelica Huston who makes you believe her complete lack of control on this situation.

One of the amazing things about this film, is the how director Jonathan Levine captures the fear and sadness of what cancer can do to a person.  With no driver’s license, Adam is often seen sitting at a bus stop or riding the bus all alone. Even when he is at a bar with his best friend Kyle, he is seen standing by himself, looking lost and bewildered.

Overall, Levitt gives a relatable and quite dramatic performance, while Rogen provides the right amount of comic relief to a very sad and sensitive topic. This movie offers great moments of laughter, but only enough to lighten a very sad topic.

50/50 is definitely Worth Seeing!

Worth Seeing, or Not rating: 8/10

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