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50/50 – A Review

Oh look, Seth Rogan plays a stoner.

Unfortunately, that’s not the only predictable thing about this tale of a 27 year old guy who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has been in about half the movies of the past year, plays Adam, a 27 year old guy with a sore back, cheating girlfriend, dementia-ridden father and somewhat neurotic mother. His best friend Kyle is a stoner, able to gt his hands on medical marijuana, obviously just the ticket for a chemo patient. The title comes from an internet search after Adam’s diagnosis, revealing his chances of surviving the cancer are 50/50.

Cue the Kleenex.

There’s really nothing original or spectacular about this movie. There’s some exploring of feelings and mortality, plus some stoner moments and a mental breakdown in a car. It tries too hard to be a serious Awards contender, making the characters seem overly melodramatic when they could really be funny, lovable people. In the end, I was just left wondering why these 20-something people were dressed like 70 year old golf fanatics. (My uni training tells me it’s probably a cultural comment on the sudden responsibility of young people dealing with what is seen to be an old person’s disease, but seriously, who was their costume designer?)

I didn’t love it, but it was a good enough film if you don’t think about it too hard (if you’re a physical therapist or psychologist, you will cry tears of frustration). Joseph Gordon-Levitt is quite good though, showing off dramatic skills he’s steadily been honing over the last few years. Given another couple of years, he’ll get even better and hopefully have much better dialogue.


6/10 popcorns.


January 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment