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50/50

A 2011 movie directed by Jonathan Levine.

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'50/50' 'Two Jews On Film' Cheer This Beautiful Heartfelt Dramedy (Video)

  • Sep 27, 2011
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doctor tells a young man he has cancer - a tumor.  The man replies 'Tumor...Me?' The doctor says 'yes'.  The man responds...'That's impossible...I don't smoke...I don't drink...I recycle.'

The young man is Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and he not only has cancer...but he has a super rare cancer...a giant tumor growing along his spine and his chances are...50-50.

 So what does a person do with this kind of news?  Well, writer Will Reiser, the real life person that this happened to, turned his life threatening disease, into a very funny, very touching and very beautiful movie entitled 50/50. 

When the film starts, Adam has a pretty good life...a talented, sexy, artist girlfriend, Rachael (Bryce Dallas) Howard), a cool job  with NPR radio, and a bbf (best friend forever) Kyle (Seth Rogen).  Will is a happy guy.

But after his cancer diagnosis, his entire life unravels. He finds that the people closest to him, might not be the best thing for his health.

There's his girlfriend Rachael, who tries her hardest to be loving and nuturing, but the poor, sweet girl, just can't seem to understand that Adam's disease isn't...all about her.

 Then there's Kyle, who uses Adam's condition to lure girls into sympathy sex for both of them.  Hey, a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right?

And we musn't forget  Adam's mom, Diane (the wonderful Angelica Huston) who is so wrapped up in her own fear of loss, that she completely forgets all about her son's needs.


Luckily for Adam, he finds Katherine (Anna Kendrick) an inexperienced therapist assigned to his case, who can barely manager her own life, let alone someone who's dying.

50/50 isn't one of those 'disease of the week' movies. It's a story about a guy who goes on a journey...a hillarious, poignant, scary journey and in the end...Well, you just have to see this wonderful film to see how it all turns out.

This is another of those rare times when John  actually agreed with me.  There's hope for him yet.

 Check out our video to see how many bagels the 'Two Jews On Film' awarded 50/50.
50/50 directed by Jonathan Levine, opens in theaters Friday, September 30, 2011.  

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
'50/50' 'Two Jews On Film' Cheer This Beautiful Heartfelt Dramedy (Video) '50/50' 'Two Jews On Film' Cheer This Beautiful Heartfelt Dramedy (Video) '50/50' 'Two Jews On Film' Cheer This Beautiful Heartfelt Dramedy (Video)

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December 08, 2011
This one I want to see -- thanks for sharing!
 
September 28, 2011
This reminds me of that movie with Saffron Burrows called "The Guitar" in some ways. Sympathy sex? LOL! I haven't heard that term in awhile...the best one is still 'make up sex' or 'revenge sex' LOL! Anyway, back to the movie I am happy you guys liked the movie I'll see this next week after I come back from my vacay (I know again)....take care and I fixed the topic.
September 28, 2011
Thanks Will. Yeah it was really really good.
 
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review by . November 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Odds Are Good That You Would Love This Film!
Movies that go into subjects that have a bleak premise such as dealing with a terminal disease are often easily dismissed as something that can be depressing and it is absolutely so easy to go into its human drama in a rather melodramatic and potentially heavy-handed way. I’ve seen many films that portray a terminal disease such as cancer and then take the premise to the limits of melodrama. Well, seems like director Jonathan Levine and writer Will Reiser’s “50/50” has done …
review by . October 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Losing several family members to cancer and with a spouse that has had her own battle, I just had to see this film. I was a little worried about having Seth Rogen in it (see my review of The Green Hornet) but even being his obnoxious self could spoil this excellent movie. Joseph Gorden-Levitt learns he has cancer and a very rare type that is growing in his spine and he must start immediate chemotherapy.    There is an immediate change in his girlfriend's behavior towards him …
review by . February 13, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****    Screenwriters are no longer afraid of exploring a difficult subject such as cancer in one of their works. They know that cancer in cinema is a market in its own; just look at movies like "The Bucket List" and "The Ultimate Gift". People like watching movies like this; and that is precisely why they are made. However, the consumers seem oblivious to the fact that cancer screenwriting for profit is nothing more than shameless, exploitative cash-in. If you …
review by . October 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
“50/50” isn’t a movie about cancer. “50/50” isn’t a film about a bromance or how a family rallies together in the end despite their differences. Instead, “50/50” takes on the concept of how normal people react, whether positively or negatively, to one of the most tragic diseases of our time affecting someone with their entire life ahead of them. The movie comes from the perspective of Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon Levitt), a 27-year-old radio journalist …
review by . December 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
      Jonathan Levine seemed like he had to make a movie that will have to face different challenges for me to really appreciate it to the fullest. It had to find comedy in the darkest corners of someone's life and it had to embrace drama without harvesting hard for tears. What 50/50 does is exactly what I expected. Trashing me in my theater chair and refill my soul with joy and a beautiful state of catharsis. I love this film simply because it has balls to broke the patterns, …
review by . September 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Whenever dealing with heavy themes, it is always important to find a balance to the material. No one in Hollywood is afraid to laugh about terminal illness anymore, but too many laughs and you risk creating an uncomfortable audience, too few and you risk being a Hallmark television movie of the week. Will Reiser is able to take a frightening part of his life and keep the audience smiling while sharing his heartfelt story of survival. 50/50 is a perfect balance of humor and heart to create …
review by . September 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I'll Take That Bet
50/50 Written by Will Reiser Directed by Jonathan Levine Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston   Adam: I can’t remember being so calm in a long time. Katie: Would you describe it as numbness? Adam: No, I would describe it as fine.   Up and coming director, Jonathan Levine’s latest film, 50/50, is being billed as a cancer comedy, only I cried about five times so I’m not sure the descriptor really fits. …
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