50/50 (2011)

I didn't think you could make a comedy about cancer without being too insensitive or offensive. Which is probably why there aren't too many cancer comedy movies out there. However, '50/50' takes the subject of cancer and manages to tell a genuinely funny and compelling story. The movie is loosely based on Seth Rogen's friend Will Reiser who wrote the script.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Adam, a 27 year old who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He learns that patients with his form of cancer has a 50% survival rate. It was moving to watch the progression of Adam through the different phases of treatment. It must be daunting to be face to face with death at such a young age. To be fully aware that death isn't something that you need to worry about years down the line. That it can come at any instant, sometimes without any reason or warning. Coping with something as serious as cancer isn't something one can be expected to deal with alone, and it's important to find a close support group that you can count on. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are two likable charismatic guys that are enjoyable to watch on screen and they didn't disappoint. Anna Kendrick is also very cute in her role as the young therapist. '50/50' tackles a tough subject with laughs and human drama. I really enjoyed this movie and I recommend it to anyone who is curious about it.

IMDB- 8.1/10
Metascore- 72/100
Rotten Tomatoes- Critics- 92%, Audience- 91%
Yong's Rating- 4/5 stars

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