Movie Ratings on a Random Scale:
50-50 - 43 out of 49 - There aren’t a ton of comedies about cancer. Which is a shame, really. Because 50-50 shows that it can be done, and be done well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a 27 year old who gets diagnosed with cancer and his life subsequently falls apart…as cancer will do. He learns who he can and cannot trust as well as what’s important in life, all the while, there are tremendous bits of hilarity as well. Seth Rogan plays the supportive buddy very well, although in my opinion, the movie is totally stolen by Anna Kendrick as the very young psychologist assigned to help Gordon-Levitt through the turmoil of cancer despite him being only her 3rd ever patient. (It hurts her that I learned she is apparently involved in the Twilight movies after I went on about how good she was to my wife. But I liked her, almost enough to get over the Twilight taint.) Also very good was Bryce Dallas Howard who I like very much despite her propensity to be cast as an evil witch of late. I hope she gets a likable role soon, so she isn’t permanently type cast as a terrible person.
This movie has sadness and joy in equal amounts. I so very strongly recommend it.
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