50/50 is a risky endeavor

19 Dec


This may sound strange, but screenwriter Will Reiser writes a funny script about cancer. Based on experiences from his own struggle with the disease, Reiser puts together a heartfelt comedy about one of the scariest subjects that has touched almost every person in someway, whether it be a family member, friend, or past acquaintance.

Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a 27-year-old radio journalist that finds out he has a rare form of cancer. His chances of survival are 50/50, which he intends to beat, but his condition affects his relationship with his girlfriend and his piece of mind. He begins seeing a therapist (Anna Kendrick) while his mother (Angelica Huston) becomes more overbearing than normal and his best friend (Seth Rogan) keeps Adam on his toes.

50/50 is a risky endeavor, but the comedy does not distract from the drama at hand. This film works on many levels, but its strength comes from the inspired writing and solid performances from the cast.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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