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Kansas First News Movie Review: 50/50

by Eric Melin on September 30, 2011

in Video Reviews

This review originally appeared on KTKA-TV and KSNT-TV, Kansas First News.

In “50/50,” Seth Rogen plays the best friend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a 27-year old man who is diagnosed with cancer. The film’s title is named after his chances of survival, but—as you may be able to guess from the cast—this isn’t “Terms of Endearment.”

Rogen works his usual boorish charm, existing mainly to keep his buddy in a good mood while he pokes fun at the absurdities of his friend’s situation in the rudest ways possible.

Anna Kendrick, on the other hand, plays a newbie therapist who tries to help the clinical way, but doesn’t really know how yet. She and Gordon-Levitt have the best chemistry in the movie, and even though their fate seems a little predestined, it works largely because of the actors.

One subplot involving a heartless girlfriend may seem unnecessarily cruel, but when the stakes are raised after a diagnosis like this, it’s oddly believable. It’s refreshing to see a movie that embraces the ugly side of what happens to complicated personal relationships as well.

In fact, “50/50” is quite uncomfortable at times, and the frank exploration of the cancer patient journey makes the comedy even funnier.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Beauty February 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I’m really hyped to see this movie. I just learned about 50/50 from a co-worker of mine from DISH. He was telling me that it was an excellent movie. He isn’t the kind to be touched by movies but he said he was extremely touched by this one. I’m really excited to get the movie 50/50 in the mail from using my Blockbuster @Home. I’m sure that I’m going to love the movie and I will be able to relate. At least that is what I’m told. Thanks for the review it was great!

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