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50/50 is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health. 50/50 draws its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminds us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers.
Comedy Drama - This is a comedy/drama about cancer aimed at young adult viewers, in
particular males. Seth Rogen has a supporting role, but he gets most
of the laughs here. Fans of Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be pleased.
Language, sex, and general adult subject matter make the film
inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 26 S-words; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines, suggestive humor, dog humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The comedy is never disrespectful. It's often dark - sometimes to the point of being gallows humor - but it reminds us there are really only two ways to stand face-to-face with mortality: with tears or with laughter.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good '50/50' isn't completely true to life, but the more you know about cancer, the less you want it to be.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent ...50/50 nimbly draws humor out of a young man's illness, walks a tightrope of tragicomedy and touches on all the right points.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 45 moviegoers:
TEENS:The only teens were four females and they all loved "50/50."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS! All the males and females rated "50/50" very high.
ADULTS:Nearly all the males enjoyed it very much with close to half loving it. Only one rated it as low as average. The female reviews are similar. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much with half indicating they loved "50/50." Unfortunately, a quarter rated it average, which is a bit low.
Adam Schwartz, an ordinary 25-year-old who loves his girlfriend and enjoys his job, is diagnosed with cancer. He hears it from the doctor. He tells his family. He goes through chemo. Coping with his mortality, Adam decides to use humor in his struggle to cure cancer and keep his sanity intact. And where his family and friends struggle to fully understand his situation, Adam's psychologist and fellow chemo patients help his recovery.