By Sarah Rachfal

srachfal@my.madonna.edu


Based on a true story, “50/50” is a comedy centered on a 27-year-old who learns he has a rare form of cancer and shows his ups and downs as he tries to beat the disease.

When Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets the news that he has a cancerous tumor on his spine, his life is immediately turned upside down.  Unsure and uncomfortable about how to deal with the news, Adam and Kyle dealt with their problems the only way they knew how – making inappropriate jokes and using the disease as a topic of conversation when meeting young women – while his mother just wants to take care of him. 

No longer able to work as a radio producer with his longtime friend Kyle (Seth Rogan), Adam suddenly finds himself in between doctor appointments, at chemotherapy treatments with men twice his age and meetings with his inexperienced therapist, Katherine (Anna Kendrick), all the while dealing with his mother, played by Anjelica Huston, and his cheating girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard).

After months of trying to beat his 50-50 odds, Adam’s patience has worn thin and angrily revealed, “I’m tired of being sick.” 

With Kyle not giving up on Adam and Adam not giving up on life, “50/50” is an excellent representation of real friendship and was able to capture the humility in people and blend comedic relief with a difficult topic.

“50/50” was written by Will Reiser, otherwise known as Adam in this movie, Rogan’s real-life best friend. 

 



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Rogan adds comedic relief to heartfelt 50/50