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Rated R · 99 minutes · 2011

Comedy drama
Inspired by scriptwriter Will Reiser’s battle with cancer, 50/50 faces all of the pitfalls of a Hallmark Channel disease-of-the-week movie, and it sometimes veers into that schmaltzy territory. However, despite those moments, the film is more than rescued by its fine cast and Reiser’s sharp, funny and honest writing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are so good here that they deserve awards buzz. They make 50/50, performance-wise, one of the best male buddy movies in a long time. Levitt plays Adam, a young man who finds out that he has cancer. Rogen plays his best friend, Kyle. When Reiser went through his real-life cancer battle, Rogen was one of his best friends, so Rogen is essentially playing himself. There’s no question that Rogen’s experience with a similar situation propels his performance, making it perhaps his best work to date.


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Official Site: www.50-50themovie.com
Director: Jonathan Levine
Producer: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Ben Karlin, Nathan Kahane and Will Reiser
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Howard, Philip Baker Hall and Anjelica Huston

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Colorado Springs Independent Half measures: 50/50 If anything holds it all together, it's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. by Scott Renshaw 09/29/2011
Boise Weekly 50/50: Cancer Isn't Funny But Life Is BW chats up Rogen about his new film by George Prentice 10/01/2011
East Bay Express Acting Nice The Ides of March and 50/50 benefit from top-notch performances. by Bob Grimm 10/05/2011
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Portland Mercury My 14 Favorite Movies of 2011 Why my favorites? Because I work at a newspaper and you don't! by Erik Henriksen 12/29/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week 50/50, What's Your Number and other film events around town. 09/29/2011
NUVO Ed reviews '50/50' Half buddy comedy, half cancer drama, '50/50' has heart, but it fortunately steers away from sappy sentiment. by Ed Johnson-Ott 09/28/2011
Charleston City Paper Cancer dramedy 50/50 offers generational critique of millenials In some sense,it seems like just about time for a Gen Y cancer comedy, and director Jonathan Levine's 50/50 is it. by Felicia Feaster 09/28/2011
Portland Mercury Cancer 'n' Dick Jokes 50/50: great! Cancer: terrible. by Elinor Jones 09/29/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Sept. 30 Seth Rogen helps Joseph Gordon-Levitt combat cancer, inner-city toughs combat an alien invasion, a waitress combats her crooked husband, soul-searching cops combat criminals, Daniel Craig and Rachael Weisz combat their haunted home and Anna Faris combats her capricious love life. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 09/30/2011
Indy Week 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. by Neil Morris 09/28/2011

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