The following is a review for 50/50 (2011).
50/50 tells the story of Adam, a normal 27 yr old guy, who discovers he has cancer after a routine checkup. He's a health nut and a nice guy. He never expected this to happen to him. After doing research on his cancer, he realizes his odds of surviving are 50/50.
While this may seem like a heavy drama about a dying man, it's also a comedy. If that seems farfetched, just remember that it's inspired by a true story. One of the best things about this film is how well they blend the comedy with the drama.
There's a ton of hilarious moments between Adam (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen). Sometimes the best way to get through a tough situation is to forget about your problems and just have fun. The film also shows that friends and family help as well.
Even though, the film has a lighter approach, it doesn't shy away from the serious and emotional aspects that come with cancer. We see Adam's struggle to beat this disease through his treatment, chemo, and frequent doctor visits.
Through his therapy sessions with Katherine, a young therapist, we get a real sense of what Adam's going through. Katherine (Anna Kendrick) is new at her job, but we can see that she truly cares, even if she doesn't know how to handle every situation yet.
The film wouldn't work with Joseph Gordon Levitt. The whole cast is great. Rogen, who provides most of the comedic moments, but it works great within the film. Gordon Levitt is the one that carries the film. We feel his pain and hope for the best.
50/50 is funny, sweet, and emotional. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll have a smile on your face. It's an honest and realistic look at what it would be like to have cancer at such a young and the struggle to deal with it.
50/50 is a rare treat. The film proves that even in some of the darkest moments in life, it's always good to have a laugh and enjoy your time here. You never know when it might be taken from you.